Donald Chalmers is Distinguished Professor at the University of Tasmania and Director of the Centre for Law and Genetics. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. He is chair of the Data Access Committee of the International Cancer Genome Consortium.
He was Chair of the Australian Red Cross Ethics Committee from 2000 until 2010. He is Chair of the Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee, and Deputy Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Embryo Research Licensing Committee. He is a member of the International Human Genome Organisation Ethics Committee and of the International Cancer Genome Consortium. He has been a member of the International Scientific Review Panels of Genome Canada since 2004.
He was chair of the NHMRC Australian Health Ethics Committee from 1994 to 2000, a member of the NHMRC Human Genetics Advisory Committee 2006-09, a member of the Board of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1998-2006; member of the Commonwealth Biotechnology Advisory Council, 1999-2002; Law Reform Commissioner for Tasmania, 1991-1997; consultant to the Australian Law Reform Commission Report on the genetic privacy, 2001-2003.