Commonwealth Research Advisory Committee

Background and RDE Goals:

The Commonwealth Research Advisory Committee (COMRAC) comprises of a board of experts who are responsible for facilitating the identification and delivery of efficient and effective research in Commonwealth waters. COMRAC 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 Commonwealth stakeholders between 2018 and 2023, with the intent to ensure a healthy marine ecosystem and efficient, productive and profitable fisheries (including commercial, Indigenous and recreational).

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.


  • Peter O'Brien – Chair
  • Hayley Abbott
  • Ian Cartwright
  • Russell Conway
  • Cassandra Kennedy
  • Clayton Nelson
  • Bertie Hennecke
  • Keith Sainsbury
  • David Smith
  • Peter Trott


Priority list:

Call for applications

Stakeholders workshops


FRDC Management Contacts:

Carolyn Stewardson – Executive Officer (M 418 867 944; E carolyn.stewardson@frdc.com.au)

Alison Connelly – Secretariat (M 0437 694 485; E alison.connelly@frdc.com.au)


Meeting dates: 

COMRAC meeting no. 10 - 21 March 2019

COMRAC meeting no. 11 - 11 July 2019

COMRAC meeting no. 12 - 10 October 2019


Associated IPAs:

Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries IPA

Sub-Antarctic IPA - coming soon


Related projects are listed below