Western Australia Research Advisory Committee


The  Western Australian Research Advisory Committee (WA RAC), formerly the WA 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 is comprised from a membership group with expertise in wild catch (commercial and recreational), aquaculture, post-harvest and indigenous sectors along with industry representative organisations. Under the FRDC’s RD&E plan (2015-20), the WA RAC provides greater ownership and authority to industry sectors in developing RD&E priorities for the jurisdiction of Western Australia.

2018 Second Call for Applications Closed 16 June 2018

The State and Territory RACs, in conjunction with other FRDC Partner groups (IPA's and Subprograms), have released the first open call for applications to be evaluated in 2018. The following priorities have been identified as priorities to this RAC. Note that some priorities are applicable to multiple jurisdictions - for the full list of priorities download them here.



  • Brett McCallum – Chair
  • Leyland Campbell
  • Dan Gaughan 
  • Morgan Hand
  • Aaron Irving
  • Greg Jenkins
  • Alex Ogg
  • Mat Vanderklift
  • Linda Williams

Western Australia RAC RD&E Plan

WA RAC RD&E plan 2016 cover To download a PDF of the WA RAC RD&E plan 2016 click here


Priority list:

Call for applications

Stakeholder workshops


FRDC Management Contacts:

Nicole Stubing – Executive Officer (M 0468 590 642; E Nicole.stubing@frdc.com.au)

Leah Fergusson – Secretariat (M 0402 422 605; E leah.fergusson@frdc.com.au)


Meeting dates:  

  • Tuesday 16 October  2018
  • Wednesday 13 March 2019
  • Wednesday 24 July 2019
  • Wednesday 30 October 2019


Associated IPAs:

Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries IPA  

Western Rock Lobster Council IPA

Abalone Council of Australia IPA

Australian Barramundi Farmers’ Association IPA

Australian Prawn Farmers’ Association IPA

Pearl Consortium IPA


Related projects are listed below