The FRDC is accountable under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act (PIRD Act 1989) to representative bodies nominated by the responsible Minister.
The FRDC has four representative organisations with which it consults.
- Australian Recreational and Sport Fishing Industry Confederation Inc. (trading as Recfish Australia)
- National Aquaculture Council Inc. (NAC).
- Commonwealth Fisheries Association Inc. (CFA).
- Seafood Industry Australia (SIA).