In the period preceding an election for the House of Representatives, the Australian Government assumes a caretaker role (see the Guidance on Caretaker Conventions from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet). As this website is hosted by the Australian Astronomical Observatory (a division of the Department of Industry, Innovation & Science), content will be moderated from the time the House of Representatives is dissolved until after the election to ensure that political material is not placed on the site.
Australian Time Assignment Committee (ATAC) is the committee formed to allocate time on the AAT as well as Australian time on Gemini and Magellan telescopes. The current membership of this committee is:
Prof Rachel Webster (Chair)
Dr Richard McDermid (Deputy Chair)
Prof Chris Tinney
Dr Stephen Marsden
Dr Steve Maddox
Dr David Yong
Dr Michele Trenti
There are seven members on ATAC, with at least one international member. In addition, a substitute member will also be appointed, to take the place of an ATAC member who is unavailable for a meeting of the committee.
Appointment to ATAC will usually be for a 3-year term, although the appointments may be for staggered terms to ensure a steady turnover in membership.
Nominations to the committee will be periodically solicited by the AAO Director via an open call to the community. The AAO Director and the AAO Advisory Committee will review the nominations, when making recommendations to the Departmental Secretary, to ensure suitable representation on ATAC, encompassing a broad spread of specialisations and seniorities. The Departmental Secretary delegates the appointment of a Chair, Deputy Chair and membership to the AAOAC.
An AAO staff member may be appointed to ATAC, although (as for other institutions) normally no more than one AAO representative would be on the committee at a time.
Dr Lee Spitler AAT Technical Secretary Dr Stuart Ryder Gemini & Magellan Technical Secretary Ms Helen Woods Secretary
The next meeting will be held in North Ryde 5 and 6 May 2016.
The ATAC Guidelines are available to download via this link.