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Commonwealth Research Advisory Committee

Background and RDE Goals:

The Commonwealth Research Advisory Committee (COMRAC) comprises of a board of experts who are responsible for facilitating the identification and delivery of efficient and effective research in Commonwealth waters. COMRAC is also tasked with developing a 5-year Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan that provides a framework to identify and invest in key strategic research needs of Commonwealth stakeholders between 2017 and 2022, with the intent to ensure a healthy marine ecosystem and efficient, productive and profitable fisheries (including commercial, Indigenous and recreational).

2018 First Call for Applications Now Open

The State and Territory RACs, in conjunction with other FRDC Partner groups (IPA's and Subprograms), have released the first open call for applications to be evaluated in 2018. The following priorities have been identified as priorities to this RAC. Note that some priorities are applicable to multiple jurisdictions - for the full list of priorities download them here.

Development of Discard and Bycatch Triggers for Use in Commonwealth Fisheries Under the New Bycatch Policy


Developing Capacity and Capability Within the Recreational Fishing and Indigenous Sectors to Better Engage with Government on Fisheries Management Issues


Cumulative Impacts Within Fisheries


Multi-Species Fisheries: Harvest Strategy Implications of Maximising Economic Yield and Implementation Options for Commonwealth Fisheries, With a Focus on the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF)





  • Peter O'Brien – Chair
  • Hayley Abbott
  • Ian Cartwright
  • Owen Li
  • Gordon Neil
  • Clayton Nelson
  • Simon Nicol
  • Keith Sainsbury
  • David Smith
  • Peter Trott
  • Renee Vajtauer


Priority list:

Call for applications

Stakeholders workshops


FRDC Management Contacts:

Chris Izzo – Executive Officer (M 0419 852 723; E christopher.izzo@frdc.com.au)

Alison Connelly – Secretariat (M 0437 694 485; E alison.connelly@frdc.com.au)


Meeting dates:

COMRAC meeting no. 7 - 22 March 2018

COMRAC meeting no. 8 - 12 July 2018

COMRAC meeting no. 9 - 11 October 2018


COMRAC meeting no. 10 - 21 March 2019

COMRAC meeting no. 11 - 11 July 2019

COMRAC meeting no. 12 - 10 October 2019


Associated IPAs:

Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries IPA

Sub-Antarctic IPA  

 List of Commonwealth Related projects