Victoria Research Advisory Committee

Background and RDE Goals:

VICRAC, formerly Fisheries Research Advisory Body (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). VICRAC is an expertise-based committee, with membership reflecting the various sectors/stakeholders of fishing and aquaculture in Victoria.

VICRAC aims to achieve the following goals by 2022 through RD&E investment:

  1. Ensure that fishing and aquaculture sectors are ecologically sustainable, and are recognised to be so by the community
  2. Develop tools and techniques to foster a productive and profitable fishing and aquaculture industry
  3. Foster community recognition and support of the Victorian fishing and aquaculture industries
  4. Build stakeholder capabilities to contribute to a vital Victorian seafood industry



Peter Rankin – Chair

Kirsten Abernethy

Simon Branigan

Russell Conway

Craig Fox

Mark Gervis

Mike Gilby

Andy Moore

Josiah Pit

Allison Webb


Priority list:

Call for applications

Stakeholder workshops


FRDC Management Contacts:

Chris Izzo – Executive Officer (M 0419 852 723; E

Alison Connelly – Secretariat (M 0437 694 485; E


Meeting dates:

VICRAC meeting no. 6 – October 25th 2017


VICRAC meeting no. 7 – 28 March 2018

VICRAC meeting no. 8 – 19 July 2018

VICRAC meeting no. 9 – 18 October 2018


VICRAC meeting no. 10 – 28 March 2019

VICRAC meeting no. 11 – 18 July 2019

VICRAC meeting no. 12 – 17 October 2019

Associated IPAs:

Australian Abalone Growers Association IPA -