New South Wales Research Advisory Committee

Background and RDE Goals:

The New South Wales Research Advisory Committee (NSW RAC) formerly the NSW FRAB, is an Australian Government statutory authority that was established by the FRDC in March 2016 under the Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Act 1989 (PIRD Act).

The expertise-based committee is comprised of a membership group with expertise in wild catch (commercial and recreational), aquaculture, post-harvest and indigenous sectors along with industry representative organisations.

The NSW RAC maintains responsibility to a core set of stakeholders that include the commercial fisheries, aquaculture, indigenous and seafood management sectors as well as the FRDC Board, FRDC various partner groups and the wider research community.



  • Peter Dundas-Smith – Chair
  • Tricia Beatty
  • Troy Billin
  • Natalie Moltschaniwskyj
  • Bruce Schumacher
  • Brad Warren
  • Matthew Wassnig

Priority list:

Call for applications

Stakeholder workshops


FRDC Management Contacts:

Skye Barrett – Executive Officer (M 0419 935 945; E

Leah Fergusson – Secretariat (M 0402 422 605; E


Meeting dates:

2018 NSW RAC Meeting Dates:  Thursday 8 March

                                                      Thursday 5 July

                                                      Thursday 4 October


Associated IPAs:

Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries IPA

Abalone Council of Australia IPA 

Australian Barramundi Farmers’ Association IPA -

Australian Prawn Farmers’ Association IPA

Oysters Australia IPA