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).

COMRAC has established the following key research goals:

  1. Ensure that the Commonwealth fisheries and aquaculture industries are sustainable and acknowledged to be so
  2. Improve productivity and benefits for Commonwealth fisheries and aquaculture
  3. Develop new and emerging growth opportunities and other benefits within the Commonwealth
  4. Inform and respond to community values in relation to Commonwealth fisheries



Peter O'Brien – Chair

Hayley Abbott

Ian Cartwright

Allan Hansard

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

Alison Connelly – Secretariat (M 0437 694 485; E


Meeting dates:

COMRAC meeting no. 6 – October 19th 2017


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