Published: 21 June 2021 Updated: 21 June 2023
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Abalone Council Australia Ltd (ACA) is a public not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It was incorporated in 2004 and is the peak national body representing the wild-caught abalone industry in Australia. The primary function of Abalone Council Australia Ltd is to oversee and manage nationwide investment in abalone related research. Its inaugural 10-year strategic plan focused on investment in:

  • Product development and market management
  • Harvest optimisation
  • Resource and environmental sustainability
  • Human capacity development
  • Socio-economic sustainability

Industry Partnership Agreement

The FRDC is a key partner for planning and investment in the research, development extension needed to achieve its vision. ACA works closely with the FRDC and research providers to focus resources into the RD&E needed to address current priority investment areas. RD&E investment planning and project realisation is undertaken through a collaborative process between ACA members and research providers, with priorities developed and agreed at Annual General Meetings (AGM) and half yearly conferences.

Research Priorities

Research, Development and Extension Plan

ACA has developed a Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan that provides a framework to identify and invest in key strategic research needs of ACA stakeholders - see the plan.

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 up to three times per year in November, April and August – See whether this IPA has put forward any priorities in the current call for applications.

ACA Contact

Dean Lisson, Executive Officer – (E:

FRDC Management Contacts

Chris Izzo – FRDC Portfolio Manager (T +61 2 6122 2152; E:

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