The FRDC employs staff based upon their suitability for a position and organisational fit. It promotes a work environment that is free from discrimination on the basis of race, colour, sex, sexual preference, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin, or on the basis that an individual either is, or is not, a member of a union of employees or of a particular union of employees.

Current Vacancies


Applications close COB 30th May, 2018

The FRDC is calling for applications for membership on the jurisdictional Research Advisory Committees (RACs) across a number of select areas of expertise specific to the needs of each Committee. The FRDC’s 2015–20 RD&E Plan devolves greater responsibility to stakeholders for developing RD&E priorities. It does this through Industry Partnership Agreements (IPAs) and through the RACs in each of the jurisdictions. RACs provide advice to the FRDC on priorities and needs for investment in their respective jurisdictions, taking into account sectors that are not already covered under IPAs, and public good issues within their jurisdiction. The RACs roles and responsibilities are outlined in the RAC Management Procedure..RACs are constituted so that they incorporate broad fishing (including commercial, Indigenous and recreational), aquaculture and community expertise.

The list below details the FRDC’s minimum requirement for the Committee:

• an independent Chair (knowledgeable about fishing and aquaculture)
• members with expertise relevant to one or more sectors across the fisheries and aquaculture industry (including post-harvest)

The FRDC is calling for RAC membership applications for the below positions/expertise:

Northern Territory RAC

  • Indigenous
  • Processing/Post-Harvest
  • RD&E Management

Queensland RAC

  • Commercial Wild Catch
  • Indigenous
  • Recreational fishing
  • Processing/Post-Harvest
  • Resource Management
  • RD&E Management

Commonwealth RAC

  • Commercial aquaculture
  • Recreational fishing
  • Resource Management
  • Processing/Post Harvest
  • Environmental

New South Wales RAC

  • Indigenous
  • Environmental
  • Post-Harvest
  • RD&E Management

Victoria RAC

  • Commercial wild catch
  • Recreational fishing
  • Resource management
  • Environmental

Tasmania RAC

  • Indigenous

South Australia RAC

  • Commercial aquaculture
  • Recreational fishing
  • Indigenous
  • Processing/Post Harvest

Western Australia RAC

  • Commercial Wild catch
  • Commercial Aquaculture
  • Indigenous
  • Resource Management
  • Processing/Post-Harvest
  • Environmental
  • RD&E Management

Membership will be on a voluntary basis, with FRDC paying reasonable travel costs to attend meetings. The roles will be for a period of 18 months to three years, with three meetings held per year (March, July and October). On occasion it may also be necessary to consider matters out of session.
Committee members can be members or Executive Officers of the FRDC’s Representative Organisations or research providers – however, the RACs are a Committee of expertise not representativeness. In considering applications for RAC membership, favourable consideration will be given to people whose participation in the RAC will provide development opportunities for them (e.g. graduates from leadership programs).

Committee members will be required to:

1. Sign the FRDC committee member’s code of conduct prior to taking up their duties
2. Maintain a register of ‘material personal interests’ that will be updated at the start of each meeting and recorded in the minutes of the meeting
3. Treat all funding applications (including Expressions of Interest) as commercial-in-confidence, and respect the intellectual and moral property rights of applicants

To apply for one of these positions please complete the Application for membership of RAC form and click on the email link to submit it to the FRDC.
Once received, a selection panel will assess all applications and agree on a RAC membership.
Thank you and we look forward to receiving your application.


Non-Executive Directors

Applications closed Friday 13 April 2018.

Applications are sought for part-time, non-executive directors who are suitably qualified to provide strategic stewardship to the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) for terms up to three years.

FRDC is a rural research and development corporation, jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Australian fishing and aquaculture industry. It operates within the portfolio of the Australian Government Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources. FRDC’s planned outcome is “Increased economic, social and environmental benefits for Australian fishing and aquaculture, and the wider community, by investing in knowledge, innovation, and marketing”. 

Applicants must have high-level knowledge and experience in at least one of the following fields:

  • Commercial fishing production
  • Commercial aquaculture production
  • Marketing
  • Recreational fishing/ charter fishing
  • Indigenous customary fishing
  • Administration of research and development
  • Natural resource management and conservation
  • Technology transfer and commercialisation
  • Environmental and ecological matters
  • Finance and business management
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture Economics
  • Communication and extension
  • Public administration

Remuneration and allowances for directors are prescribed by the Australian Government Remuneration Tribunal.

Applicants are asked to provide career and personal details (3-page maximum) addressing those areas form the above list in which they have particular skills and experience.

The advertisement for these positions were placed in the Australian Financial Review and The Australian on Wednesday 14 March 2018.

This information along with a brief and current CV should be emailed to:

Dr Michele Allan
FRDC Selection Committee

Applications close of business Friday 13 April 2018.


Other avenues for employment 


Most Australian Universities offer either degrees in marine science or related disciplines (e.g. aquaculture), or marine science courses within their science degrees. The specific training available at these institutions is continually changing and developing; therefore it would be most beneficial to the reader to browse particular university websites. All Australian universities are listed at the following link, by state and territory.

Marine Education Society of Australia

The Marine Education Society of Australia website contains several links to organisations and institutions that offer training and career options in marine science. MESA is a national organisation that aims to bring together people interested in the study and enjoyment of coastal and marine environments. 

Australian Marine Sciences Association

The Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) is a national non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting marine science and coordinating discussion and debate of marine issues in Australia. It provides a page of links to additional resources. 

Australian Society for Fish Biology

The Australian Society for Fish Biology (ASFB)  promotes research, education and management of fish and fisheries in Australia and provides a forum for the exchange of information.

Government organisations

There are a number of Federal and State and Territory departments that have science career options linked to fisheries, natural resources, parks and wildlife, water management, conservation and environment protection.


Several state museums conduct collaborative research and education work in relation to marine science. A list of Australian museums can be found at – https://www.museumsaustralia.org.au/  

Private Industry

Private industry contributes towards research and development within Australia, a number of companies offer employment opportunities to marine scientists. This is an ever-changing scene. Some relevant industry sectors are listed below: 

  • National Aquaculture Council
  • National Seafood Industry Alliance (commercial fishing)
  • marine engineering
  • marine planning consultants
  • marine tourism
  • offshore petroleum exploration shipping infrastructure.