Queensland Research Advisory Committee

Queensland Research Advisory Committee

The Queensland Research Advisory Committee (QLDRAC) formerly the Queensland 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 Queensland Research Advisory Committee (QLDRAC) 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 Queensland


Research Priorities

Research, Development and Extension Plan

QLDRAC  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 Queensland 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.


            Cathy Dichmont – Chair

            Marshall Betzel

            Tony Courtney

            Matthew Hubbard

            Peter Jackson

            Eddie Jebreen

            Neil Mogensen

            Rachel Pears


FRDC Management Contacts:

Nicole Stubing– Executive Officer (M 0468 590 642; E nicole.stubing@frdc.com.au)

Alison Connelly – Secretariat (M 0437 694 485; E alison.connelly@frdc.com.au


Meeting dates:  

Tuesday 15 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 – for more information see the IPAs.

Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries IPA  

Australian Barramundi Farmers’ Association IPA

Australian Prawn Farmers’ Association IPA

Oysters Australia IPA


Related projects are listed below

Project Number
Assessing the spawning characteristics and reproductive biology of Pearl Perch (Glaucosoma scapulare) in Queensland
Barramundi origins: determining the contribution of stocking to the Barramundi catch on Queensland's east coast
Effects of climate change and habitat degradation on Coral Trout
SafeFish 2018- 2021
Assess new technologies and techniques that could improve the cost-effectiveness and robustness of recreational fishing surveys
Improving mortality rate estimates for management of the Queensland Saucer Scallop fishery
Understanding environmental and fisheries factors causing fluctuations in mud crab and blue swimmer crab fisheries in northern Australia to inform harvest strategies
What’s stopping you from protecting yourself and your mates? Identifying barriers to the adoption of safe work practises in the small-scale wild catch commercial fishing industry
Increase the participation and employment of Indigenous people in the NT commercial fishing, management and seafood industry
Freshwater fish attracting structures (FAS): Evaluating a new tool to improve fishing quality and access to fisheries resources in Australian impoundments