Radio Telescopes Advisory Committee (RTAC)

Terms of Reference

The Radio Telescopes Advisory Committee is a committee of Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL). The purpose of RTAC is to assist AAL by executing the following:

  • Consider the capacity of Australia's radio telescope portfolio, including related ICT infrastructure, with particular regard to whether it caters for the scientific needs of the Australian community;
  • Monitor and assess the progress of any radio telescope projects funded by AAL; and
  • Keep the AAL Board apprised of global developments in major radio telescope facilities, and provide it with strategic advice accordingly.


  • Members of RTAC are appointed by the AAL Board for a fixed term, with the possibility of renewal.


  • Attila Popping, University of Western Australia, until 31 December 2017
  • Nick Seymour, Curtin University (Chair), until 31 December 2017
  • Simon Ellingsen, University of Tasmania, until 31 December 2018
  • Adam Deller, Swinburne University of Technology, until 31 December 2018
  • Minh Huynh, University of Western Australia, until 31 December 2018
  • Natasha Hurley-Walker, Curtin University, until 31 December 2018
  • John Reynolds, Program Director, ATNF Operations, CSIRO (ex-officio)
  • Naomi McClure-Griffiths, Astronomy Australia Ltd. Board representative (ex-officio)