Northern Territory Research Advisory Committee

Northern Territory Research Advisory Committee

The Northern Territory Research Advisory Committee (NTRAC) formerly the Northern Territory 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 Northern Territory Research Advisory Committee (NTRAC) 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 Northern Territory

Research Priorities

Research, Development and Extension Plan

NTRAC is developing a 5-year Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan that provides a framework to identify and invest in key strategic research needs of Northern Territory 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, in the absence of a plan NTRAC priorities are communicated to stakeholder through this call 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.



            Rik Buckworth – Chair

            David Ciaravolo

            David Crook

            Bryan McDonald

            Heidi Mumme

            Matthew Osborne

            Natasha Stacey


FRDC Management Contacts:

Nicole Stubing – FRDC Portfolio Manager (M 0468 590 642; E

Leah Fergusson – Secretariat (M 0402 422 605; E


Meeting dates:   

Wednesday 23 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 needs represented by the IPA as opposed to the RAC – for more information on see the IPAs.

Australian Barramundi Farmers’ Association IPA

Australian Prawn Farmers’ Association IPA

Pearl Consortium IPA


Related projects are listed below

Project Number
Ecological modeling of the impacts of water development in the Gulf of Carpentaria with particular reference to impacts on the Northern Prawn Fishery
Integrated approach to improving stock assessment of Black Jewfish
Where should I farm my oysters? Does natural Cadmium distribution restrict oyster farm site selection in the Northern Territory?
SafeFish 2018- 2021
Assess new technologies and techniques that could improve the cost-effectiveness and robustness of recreational fishing surveys
Understanding environmental and fisheries factors causing fluctuations in mud crab and blue swimmer crab fisheries in northern Australia to inform harvest strategies
Increase the participation and employment of Indigenous people in the NT commercial fishing, management and seafood industry
National Seafood Industry Leadership Program 2018 - 2020
Sustainable Fishing Families: Developing industry human capital through health, wellbeing, safety and resilience
Development of a 5-year sector and NT Strategic Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan for Northern Territory fisheries and aquaculture based on priority needs of major stakeholder sectors