Roles and responsibilities

The RCE Tasmania constitution

Member organisations

The role of Member organisations is to contribute to Education for Sustainable Development in Tasmania. Member organisations should meet the following criteria: 

  • Operate in Tasmania;
  • Be committed to the principles of Education for Sustainable Development;
  • Play an educative role, formally or otherwise;
  • Contribute annually (in-kind or financially) to maintain the RCE Tasmania Secretariat Services and Steering Committee (SC);
  • Be willing to partner, share and participate;
  • Be nominated by a SC member organisation; and
  • Be approved by the Steering Committee.

The interests of the participating members are portrayed through a Steering Committee of twelve member organisation representatives. 

Steering Committee Responsibilities

  • Providing strategic advice, expertise and direction to support the RCE Tasmania ESD Strategy.
  • Contributing to the development and oversight of the Strategic Plan, Annual Work Plans, RCE projects and financial reports.
  • Helping to strengthen and extend membership, profile and financial support.
  • Developing and implementing governance structure and protocols and reviewing the role of the RCE secretariat-host every 2 years.
  • Assisting through personal and professional networks, the formation of partnerships with stakeholders including education bodies, individuals, community groups, government and businesses.
  • Identifying and endorsing new Steering Committee members and collaborators.
  • Attending meetings, or sending a representative.

The Steering Committee does not have the following roles or responsibilities:

  • Steering Committee members are not directors or officers as defined by the CA 2001 and are not responsible persons under the ACNC Act, and therefore do not have legal responsibilities of the same nature or extent.
  • Employment or line management responsibilities.


  • The Steering Committee has up to 12 members including the key institutions and organisations that have Education for Sustainable Development roles in Tasmania.
  • Members are elected at an Annual General Meeting held each year.
    • To be eligible to become a member of the Steering Committee, an individual needs to be nominated by an RCE member organisation. Maximum of three individuals per member organisation. 
    • If there are 12 or less nominees they are all automatically elected to the Steering Committee. 
    • If there are more than 12 nominations then member organisations vote.
  • If, between AGMs, there are less than 12 members on the Steering Committee, any individual nominated by a member organisation automatically becomes a Steering Committee member.

View the Steering Committee members.

Steering Group Chair

The role of the Steering Group Chair is to act as principal contact between the Steering Group and the Secretariat and to Chair meetings (Steering Group and other appropriate meetings). In an order to be determined by the Steering Committee, the chairperson is elected by committee members on a two month rotational basis. In addition to the responsibilities of all Steering Committee members, the Chair is responsible for:

  • Having regular contact with members of the Secretariat.
  • Creating meeting agendas, in association with the Secretariat.
  • Signing off draft minutes of Steering Group meetings before circulation.
  • Signing off communications, statements and decisions such as policy consultation responses, briefings and statements to the media, made on behalf of members.
  • Signing letters as appropriate.
  • Acting as a primary media spokesperson.

Secretariat services

These services are provided by the RCE host institution, Sustainable Living Tasmania and supported financially and in-kind by contributions from the Steering Committee members. The key functions of the secretariat are to:

  • Provide support for the Steering Committee to meet and deliver its functions.
  • Act as a clear, single, point of contact for the wider supporter community with the RCE.
  • Provide periodic monitoring reports to the Chair and members of the Steering Committee on project progress.
  • Maintain website and communication mediums.
  • Set up the SLT office as a hub for RCE Tasmania members’ activities.
  • Recruit new members.
  • Deal with enquiries and regularly communicate with members and the UN RCE Network (by email, website, social media and newsletters).
  • Plan and deliver the AGM and events e.g. conferences and seminars.
  • Organise and provide secretarial support for Steering Group meetings in association with the Chair.
  • Liaise with Steering Committee members to produce project work plans, funding proposals, and communications strategies and to support their implementation.
  • Coordinating the production of RCE Tasmania's Strategic Plan and Annual Workplans and reports.
  • Providing monitoring and evaluation reports for the Steering Group.
  • Represent RCE Tasmania in engagement and advocacy with Government and other external organisations where appropriate.

The role of RCE secretariat-host will be reviewed every 2 years by the Steering Committee.

The role of the United Nations University

The United Nations University coordinates the activities of the Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) in Education for Sustainable Development around the world. 

The roles of supporter organisations

In recognition of the wide variety and number of organisations providing ESD services within Tasmania, supporter organisations will be promoted through RCE Tas. Supporter organisations will be encouraged to use the RCE website to showcase projects and provide the RCE facilitator with articles and interviews where possible.