South Australia Research Advisory Committee

South Australia Research Advisory Committee

The South Australia Research Advisory Committee (SARAC) formerly the South Australia 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).


The South Australia Research Advisory Committee (SARAC) is an expertise-based committee is comprised of a membership group with expertise in wild catch (commercial and recreational), aquaculture, resource management, processing/post-harvest, indigenous, RD&E management or people development. The committee is responsible for facilitating the identification and delivery of efficient and effective research for stakeholders in South Australia


Research Priorities

Research, Development and Extension Plan

SARAC  has developed a 5-year Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan that provides a framework to identify and invest in key strategic research needs of South Australia stakeholders, with the intent to ensure a healthy marine ecosystem and efficient, productive and profitable fisheries (including commercial, Indigenous and recreational). See the plan - here


Call for Applications

The FRDC invests through a flexible approach. Part of this approach allows the Research Advisory Committees (RACs), Industry Partnership Agreements (IPAs) and Subprograms to call for applications based on their priorities, drawn from the RDE Plan, up to three times per year in November, April and August –  See whether this RAC has put forward any priorities in the current call for applications.

FRDC Management Contacts:

Chris Izzo; FRDC Senior Portfolio Manager (M: 0419 852 723;E:

Alison Connelly – Secretariat (M 0437 694 485; E

Meeting dates:  


Associated Industry Partnership Agreements:

IPAs are an agreement between the FRDC and a sector body to manage a suite of sectoral projects over a specified time period against an agreed industry strategic plan. Some sectors in a jurisdiction may have their RD&E need represented by the IPA as opposed to the RAC – for more information on see IPAs.

Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries IPA  

Abalone Council of Australia IPA  

Australian Abalone Growers Association IPA

Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association IPA

Oysters Australia IPA

Southern Rock Lobster IPA


Related projects are listed below

Project Number
Quantifying the exposure, protection and recovery of seafloor habitats in Spencer Gulf to prawn trawling
Giant Crab Enhanced Data Collection - Innovative approaches to enhance data collection in the Victorian, South Australian and Tasmanian Giant crab fisheries
Strategic Planning Workshop for Yellowtail Kingfish Stock Assessment in South-Eastern Australia
Assessment of the sustainability of common dolphin interactions with the South Australian Sardine Fishery
Cost-effective, non-destructive solutions to developing a pre-recruit index for Snapper
Quantifying post-release survival and movement of Snapper (Chrysophrys auratus): Informing strategies to engage the fishing community in practices to enhance the sustainability of an important multi-sector fishery
Can DNA from routine plankton surveys be used to measure fish spawning areas and monitor changes in pelagic ecosystems?
Postgraduate funding - Stock structure and connectivity of Black Bream including implications for management
Optimising Compliance Outcomes in Recreational Fisheries
Assessing the capacity for sustainable finfish aquaculture in the vicinity of seagrasses