Victoria 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This page is an archived page detailing RAC activities under the 2015-2020 RD&E Plan.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 Victoria Research Advisory Committee (VICRAC) formerly the Victoria 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 Victoria Research Advisory Committee (VICRAC) 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 Victoria.


Research Priorities

Research, Development and Extension Plan

VICRAC 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 Victoria stakeholders, with the intent to ensure a healthy marine ecosystem and efficient, productive and profitable fisheries (including commercial, Indigenous and recreational).


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:


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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 – for more information see IPAs.

Abalone Council of Australia IPA - /Partners/Industry-Partnership-Agreements/ACA

Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries IPA - /Partners/Industry-Partnership-Agreements/ACPF

Australian Abalone Growers Association IPA -

Southern Rock Lobster IPA - /en/Partners/Industry-Partnership-Agreements/SRL


Related projects are listed below

Project Number
Understanding the stock structure of Rock Flathead and the role of movement dynamics in influencing the performance of the Corner Inlet fishery
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
Recreational Southern Rock Lobster tagging program – assessing current data and modelling assumptions and approaches to establish a robust estimate
Examining the potential impacts of seismic surveys on Octopus and larval stages of Southern Rock Lobster
Understanding population structure and dynamics of Victoria’s developing Octopus fishery
Can DNA from routine plankton surveys be used to measure fish spawning areas and monitor changes in pelagic ecosystems?
The End of an Era: Acknowledging the socio-cultural history and contribution of Australian small-scale fisheries
'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
Understanding the demography and stock structure of Victorian pipis