South Australia Research Advisory Committee

South Australia Research Advisory Committee

The South Australia Research Advisory Committee (SARAC) formerly the South 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 South Australia Research Advisory Committee (SARAC) 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 South Australia


Research Priorities

Research, Development and Extension Plan

SARAC  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 South Australia stakeholders, with the intent to ensure a healthy marine ecosystem and efficient, productive and profitable fisheries (including commercial, Indigenous and recreational). See the plan - here


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.


            Don Plowman – Chair

            Gavin Begg

            Bart Butson

            David Hall

            Gloria Jones  

            Trudy McGowan

            Sean Sloan

            Tony Smith

            Paul Watson    


FRDC Management Contacts:

Carolyn Stewardson – FRDC Portfolio Manager (M: 0418 867 944 E: carolyn.stewardson@frdc.com.au)

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

Meeting dates: 

SARAC meeting no. 10 – 12 March 2019

SARAC meeting no. 11 – 30 July 2019

SARAC meeting no. 12 – 29 October 2019


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 on see IPAs.

Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries IPA  

Abalone Council of Australia IPA  

Australian Abalone Growers Association IPA

Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association IPA

Oysters Australia IPA

Southern Rock Lobster IPAhttp://frdc.uat.frdc.com.au/Partners/IPA-groups/SRL


Related projects are listed below