Western Australia Research Advisory Committee

Background

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 First Call for Applications Now Open

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.

Increased Understanding of the Value Provided to Fisheries by Man-Made Aquatic Structures

WARAC

Viability of Small Commercial Fisheries

WARAC

People Development

WARAC

Increasing the Health and Productivity of Pinctada maxima Pearl Oysters

WARAC; NTRAC; Pearling IPA

Cost Effective Management Strategies for Small Scale/Capacity Limited Fisheries

NTRAC; WARAC; QLDRAC; NSWRAC

Develop an Efficient and Equitable Process for Allocation and Re-Allocation of Fisheries Resources, Across Sectors, to Align With Legislative Requirements of The Aquatic Resource Management Act 2016

WARAC; HDRS

Engaged Fisheries and Aquaculture

HDRS; NSWRAC; QLDRAC; NTRAC, WARAC; SRL IPA; ACPF IPA

 

Members:

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

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:

Skye Barrett – Executive Officer (M 0419 935 945; E skye.barrett@frdc.com.au)

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

 

Meeting dates:

WA RAC Meeting Dates 2017/2018:     

  • Tuesday 24 October  2017 
  • Tuesday 27 March  2018
  • Tuesday 17 July  2018
  • Tuesday 16 October  2018

 

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