Published: 29 June 2021 Updated: 27 March 2024
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The FRDC takes a leading role in planning and investment in fisheries research and development (R&D) in Australia to ensure the ongoing sustainability of our marine sectors and marine ecosystems.

Co-funded by the Australian Government and the fishing and aquaculture sectors, the FRDC works closely with industry to establish and address R&D priorities and to inform future decisions for the benefit of the sector, seafood consumers and the Australian community more broadly.

As an organisation, we seek to attract the best people to help us achieve our purpose and we hire on skills, attitude and organisational fit. We are committed to the principles of merit, fairness and equal opportunity and promote a work environment free from discrimination.

If you’re passionate about research that benefits commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishing and believe you’re the right fit for us, we encourage you to apply.

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Other information about careers in the sector


Most Australian Universities offer either degrees in marine science or related disciplines (e.g. aquaculture), or marine science courses within their science degrees. The specific training available at these institutions is continually changing and developing, so it pays to keep an eye on university websites.

Marine Education Society of Australia

The Marine Education Society of Australia (MESA) website contains several links to organisations and institutions that offer training and career options in marine science. MESA is a national organisation that aims to bring together people interested in the study and enjoyment of coastal and marine environments.

Australian Marine Sciences Association

The Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) is a national non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting marine science and coordinating discussion and debate of marine issues in Australia. It provides a page of links to additional resources.

Australian Society for Fish Biology

The Australian Society for Fish Biology (ASFB) promotes research, education and management of fish and fisheries in Australia and provides a forum for the exchange of information.

Government organisations

There are a number of Federal and State and Territory departments that have science career options linked to fisheries, natural resources, parks and wildlife, water management, conservation and environment protection.


Several state museums conduct collaborative research and education work in relation to marine science. A list of Australian museums can be found at

Private industry

Private industry contributes towards research and development within Australia, and a number of companies offer employment opportunities to marine scientists. While is an ever-changing space, some relevant industry sectors are listed below:

  • National Seafood Industry Alliance (commercial fishing)
  • marine engineering
  • marine planning consultants
  • marine tourism
  • offshore petroleum exploration shipping infrastructure.

Seafood industry training

The qualifications and skills standards for all sectors are published on the website. Read more about the Seafood Industry Training Package.

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