New South Wales Research Advisory Committee

New South Wales Research Advisory Committee

The New South Wales Research Advisory Committee (NSWRAC) formerly the New South Wales 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 New South Wales Research Advisory Committee (NSWRAC) 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 New South Wales

Research Priorities

Research, Development and Extension Plan

NSWRAC  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 New South Wales stakeholders, with the intent to ensure a healthy marine ecosystem and efficient, productive and profitable fisheries (including commercial, Indigenous and recreational).

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.


            Peter Dundas-Smith – Chair

            Craig Aspinall

            Tricia Beatty

            Troy Billin

            Natalie Moltschaniwskyj

            Erik Poole

            Bruce Schumacher

            Emma Wilkie

            Michael Wooden

FRDC Management Contacts:

Nicole Stubing– Executive Officer (M 0468 590 642; E

Alison Connelly – Secretariat (M 0437 694 485; E

Meeting dates:

  • Thursday 31 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 – Find more information on IPAs.

Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries IPA

Abalone Council of Australia IPA 

Australian Barramundi Farmers’ Association IPA -

Australian Prawn Farmers’ Association IPA

Oysters Australia IPA 


Related projects are listed below

Project Number
A trivalent vaccine for sustainable Yellowtail Kingfish growout
Maximising the value of the NSW Long Fin Eel catch through a whole of supply chain approach - Stage 1
Investigation and Improvement of Live Blue Swimmer Crab Handling in NSW
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
Seafood Directions 2017
Developing automated data cleansing and validation processes for fisheries catch and effort data
Research, Development and Extension Strategic Planning Workshop for NSW Commercial Fishing Industry
Disseminating existing bycatch reduction and fuel efficiency technologies throughout Australia's prawn fisheries