(1) The Minister may appoint a person to act as a member of a committee.
(2) A person may act as a member of a committee:
(a) during a vacancy in the office, whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office; or
(b) during any period, or during all periods, when the holder of the office is absent from duty or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.
(3) A person appointed to act in an office must, to the extent reasonably practicable:
(a) if a particular qualification is required for a substantive member--hold that qualification; or
(b) if different qualifications are required for all members of the committee--hold 1 of those qualifications.
(4) A person appointed to act during a vacancy must not continue to act for more than 12 months.