New South Wales Research Advisory Committee


This page is an archived page detailing RAC activities under the 2015-2020 RD&E Plan. FRDC is currently in the process of renewing the RACs to deliver the 2020-2025 R&D plan, and these pages will be updated when the revised RAC process is finalised.

The New South Wales Research Advisory Committee (NSWRAC) formerly the New South Wales 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 New South Wales Research Advisory Committee (NSWRAC) 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 New South Wales.


Research Priorities

Research, Development and Extension Plan

NSWRAC 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 New South Wales stakeholders, with the intent to ensure a healthy marine ecosystem and efficient, productive and profitable fisheries (including commercial, Indigenous and recreational).

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.


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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 – Find more information on IPAs.

Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries IPA

Abalone Council of Australia IPA 

Australian Barramundi Farmers’ Association IPA -

Australian Prawn Farmers’ Association IPA

Oysters Australia IPA 


Related projects are listed below

Project Number
Strategic Planning Workshop for Yellowtail Kingfish Stock Assessment in South-Eastern Australia
Engagement for Success: evaluation of engagement events to inform industry management strategies
Knowledge to improve the assessment and management of Giant Mud Crabs (Scylla serrata) in Queensland.
The Detection of Ciguatera Toxins in NSW Spanish Mackerel
An updated understanding of Eastern School Whiting stock structure and improved stock assessment for cross-jurisdictional management
Integrating recreational fishing information into harvest strategies for multi-sector fisheries
Estimating the biomass of fish stocks using novel and efficient genetic techniques
Can DNA from routine plankton surveys be used to measure fish spawning areas and monitor changes in pelagic ecosystems?
'If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else' - Future proofing the Australian Mud Crab Industry through improved strategic direction
Developing a non-invasive method to assess mud crab meat fullness using portable Near Infrared spectroscopy (NIRS).