5.149 The HGCA should be given sufficient budget resources to fulfil its mission. Apart from the need to provide funds for appointees, the budget should allow for a secretariat, the development of significant in-house expertise, the ability to commission research and expert consultants where the need arises, and the need to engage the public through a website, publications, public meetings and other means.[152]

[152] As a rough guide, the OGTR has an annual budget of $8 million (but also has ‘policing’ responsibilities), and the proposed new Embryo Research Licensing Committee has a projected budget of $3–6 million per annum. See Office of the Privacy Commissioner (NSW), Submission G257, 20 December 2002; Queensland Government, Submission G274, 18 December 2002.