STAC MEMBERS' INTRODUCTORY BRIEFING
THE CHAIR OF STAC SHOULD:
1. Carry out this briefing at the first STAC meeting and repeat for new STAC members as required.
2. Explain roles of SCG, STAC (primary or secondary in multiple SCG incidents) and STAC chair.
3. Explain ground rules, main functions and tasks (see below). Distribute paper copies of Ground Rules (this page) to all STAC members.
4. Advise STAC members that they may make brief contact with family members if desired but that they MUST NOT discuss details and specifics of where they are and for what purpose.
5. Address roster arrangements. Identify early on the resilience arrangements for all agencies to have staff rotate through the STAC. All members to contact their own agency to arrange rota cover.
STAC GROUND RULES
- Recognise the authority of the STAC chair and respect the role of chair as coordinator of advice to the SCG or main coordinating group
- Respect the role of STAC as a team with task orientation
- Understand own role and responsibilities and those of others
- Only key STAC members are invited to attend STAC meetings
- Meetings to be time-limited and follow-up action taken off-table
- Any decisions and options formulated off-table should be reported back
- Members to take responsibility for advice they give and use best available evidence base
- All communications and decisions to be logged and details recorded
- Members encouraged to contribute but keep contributions relevant and concise
- Consensus is preferred but unanimous agreement may not always be possible - chair has final discretion on advice
- Any conflicts of interest/organisational problems to be declared to the STAC chair
- No unauthorised external communication of advice or STAC proceedings