Tasmania Research Advisory Committee

Background and RDE Goals:

The Tasmanian Research Advisory Committee (TASRAC) was formed in 2017. It is one of a number of similar bodies established throughout Australia to assist state ministers responsible for fisheries, the FRDC, other fisheries research, development and extension funding agencies, and research providers. The Committee is composed of representatives from the commercial and recreational capture fisheries, the aquaculture industry, community stakeholders, major research providers and the State Government, and is directed by an independent Chair.

In accordance with the national and State context and the above outcomes, TASRAC’s strategic planning process identified a number of RD&E priority areas that address the FRDC’s five RD&E investment programs.

Program 1. Environment… TASRAC Priority Areas:

  • Sustainable marine resources
  • Effects of fishing on the environment
  • Effects of the environment on fishing

Program 2. Industry TASRAC Priority Areas:

  • Growth
  • Reducing costs of production
  • Improving price
  • Stability and resilience

Program 3. Communities TASRAC Priority Areas:

  • Good governance
  • Biosecurity
  • Beneficiaries and trade-offs

Program 4. People… TASRAC Priority Areas:

  • Capacity building
  • Sector / industry development
  • General skillsets

Program 5. Adoption… TASRAC Priority Areas:

  • Best practices
  • Barriers to adoption



Ian Cartwright – Chair

Caleb Gardner  

Julian Harrington

Mick Hortle

Emma Lee

Rich Little

Mark Nikolai

Hilary Revill

Sean Riley

John Sansom

Greg Woodham             


Priority list:

Call for applications

Stakeholder 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:

TASRAC meeting no. 6 – October 20th 2017


TASRAC meeting no. 7 – 5 April 2018

TASRAC meeting no. 8 – 26 July 2018

TASRAC meeting no. 9 – 5 November 2018


TASRAC meeting no. 10 – 2 or 4 April 2019

TASRAC meeting no. 11 – 23 or 25 July 2019

TASRAC meeting no. 12 – 23 or 24 October 2019


Associated IPAs:

Abalone Council of Australia IPA  

Australian Abalone Growers Association IPA  

Oysters Australia IPA

Southern Rock Lobster IPA

Tasmanian Salmonid Growers Association IPA