Tasmania Research Advisory Committee

Tasmania Research Advisory Committee

The Tasmania Research Advisory Committee (TASRAC) formerly the Tasmania 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 Tasmania Research Advisory Committee (TASRAC) 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 Tasmania


Research Priorities

Research, Development and Extension Plan

TASRAC  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 Tasmania 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:

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:  



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 Abalone Growers Association IPA  

Oysters Australia IPA

Southern Rock Lobster IPA

Tasmanian Salmonid Growers Association IPA  


Related projects are listed below

Project Number
Can DNA from routine plankton surveys be used to measure fish spawning areas and monitor changes in pelagic ecosystems?
Opportunities and impacts of range extending scalefish species: understanding population dynamics, ecosystem impacts and management needs
Socio-economic characterisation of a small scale commercial fishery: opportunities to improve viability and profitability in the Tasmanian Scalefish Fishery
Maximising industry representational capacity and capability through improved skills and knowledge
SafeFish 2018-2021
Risk from Diarrhetic Shellfish Toxins and Dinophysis to the Australian Shellfish Industry
Assess new technologies and techniques that could improve the cost-effectiveness and robustness of recreational fishing surveys
Communicating the research, management and performance of Tasmanian marine resource industries by video
Fisheries biology of short-spined sea urchins (Heliocidaris erythrogramma) in Tasmania: supporting a profitable harvest and appropriate management
Can spatial fishery-dependent data be used to determine abalone stock status in a spatially structured fishery?