Northern Territory Research Advisory Committee

Background and RDE Goals:

The Northern Territory Research Advisory Committee (NT RAC) formerly the NT 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 committee works on behalf of a diverse and important set of local stakeholders that includes:

  • Aboriginal communities;
  • the commercial seafood industry;
  • the recreational and tourism fishing sector;
  • the Northern Territory Government;
  • the broader community that has in interest in the services provided by, as well as the integrity of, the Northern Territory’s aquatic environments.

The NT 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.

The NT RAC has established the following key research goals:

  1. Delivers RD&E outcomes that support sustainable growth and development opportunities, influences how the community perceives the commercial, aquaculture, indigenous fisheries and seafood sectors, and informs evidence-based policymaking. Encourage industries that are adaptive to social, environmental and economic circumstances and change
  2. Take a balanced approach to the advice we provide regarding RD&E investment activity so that the focus is on strategic priorities, and based on collaboration and partnerships. Development of New Opportunities
  3. Support natural resource sustainability in managing fishing and aquaculture activities. Identify involvement in all parts of the sector and the creation of real community, business and economic opportunities as fundamental gaps
  4. Assist production and growth in value of seafood in the Northern Territory
  5. Maintain the long-term sustainability of fishing sectors based on securing community understanding and trust of fishing activity and how it is managed. Measuring the social importance of fishing is a core component of this program area.
  6. Build capacity and develops leadership throughout the fisheries sector



  • Rik Buckworth – Chair
  • David Ciaravolo
  • David Crook
  • Bryan McDonald
  • Heidi Mumme
  • Natasha Stacey
  • Katherine Winchester


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:

2017 NT RAC Meeting Dates:      Tuesday 17 October

2018 NT RAC Meeting Dates:      Wednesday 14 March

                                                     Wednesday 25 July

                                                     Wednesday 10 October


Associated IPAs:

Australian Barramundi Farmers’ Association IPA

Australian Prawn Farmers’ Association IPA

Pearl Consortium IPA