Western Australia Research Advisory Committee

Western Australia Research Advisory Committee

The Western Australia Research Advisory Committee (WARAC) formerly the Western 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 Western Australia Research Advisory Committee (WARAC) 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 Western Australia


Research Priorities

Research, Development and Extension Plan

WARAC  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 Western Australia 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:

Nicole Stubing – FRDC Portfolio Manager (M 0468 590 642; E Nicole.stubing@frdc.com.au)

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


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 see IPAs.

Abalone Council of Australia IPA

Australian Barramundi Farmers’ Association IPA

Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries IPA 

Australian Prawn Farmers’ Association IPA

Pearl Consortium IPA

Western Rock Lobster Council IPA

Related projects are listed below

Project Number
Evaluating the Effects of Seismic Energy on Pinctada maxima Pearl Oysters
Understanding the relationship between commercial prawn species population dynamics, fishing patterns and climate in the Shark Bay World Heritage area in Western Australia
Optimising Compliance Outcomes in Recreational Fisheries
Species identification of Australia’s most significant octopus fishery – the Western Australian Common Octopus
'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
Verification program for the use of 'Rapid Test Kits' to safeguard and grow the WA Shellfish Industry
Enhancing the understanding of the value provided to fisheries by man-made aquatic structures
Where did the Snapper go? Determining factors influencing the recovery of Snapper stocks on the west coast of Australia
SafeFish 2018-2021
WAFIC, Recfishwest, DPIRD and SSPWA attendance at 'Engaging Leaders Innovating Across Sectors' (ELIAS)