About the National Tuberculosis Advisory Committee (NTAC)

The National Tuberculosis Advisory Committee (NTAC) was established in 1999 to provide expert advice to the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA), the Australian Government Department of Health and the states and territories, on the prevention and control of tuberculosis (TB).

Page last updated: 28 January 2022

Terms of reference

  • to provide strategic, expert advice to CDNA on a coordinated national and international approach to TB control; and
  • to develop and review nationally agreed strategic and implementation plans for the control of TB in Australia.

NTAC consolidates current TB related activities occurring at the jurisdictional level, including enhanced national surveillance of important epidemiological control indices for TB including disease incidence, drug resistance and treatment outcomes.

The activities of NTAC assist in maintaining a high level of knowledge and expertise in Australia with regard to TB, and ensure that there is continued vigilance and action. The work of the committee is vital to minimise the national burden and human impact of TB. The role of NTAC has become increasingly important over recent years as issues relating to the prevention and control of TB have emerged.

NTAC has developed various guidelines and position statements, and has identified other key TB information both nationally and internationally to assist the TB community. NTAC also contributes to TB notifications in Australia annual reports.

The current membership of NTAC includes:

  • representation from people responsible for the TB programs in their respective jurisdictions, namely nurse managers with TB expertise, public health physicians, clinicians practicing in TB clinics, thoracic physicians, and infectious disease physicians;
  • a representative from the Commonwealth Department of Health;
  • a representative from the Public Health Laboratory Network;
  • a HIV-TB specialist nominated by the Australasian Society for Infectious Disease;
  • a paediatric specialist nominated by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ Paediatrics & Child Health Division; and
  • a representative from the Department of Home Affairs.

Secretariat to NTAC is provided by the Commonwealth Department of Health.

NTAC Secretariat

Secretariat
National Tuberculosis Advisory Committee
Australian Government Department of Health
MDP 14
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Email: NTAC Secretariat