Project number: 2013-410
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $23,450.00
Principal Investigator: Tom Lewis
Organisation: RDS Partners Pty Ltd
Project start/end date: 30 Jul 2013 - 28 Nov 2013


This proposal is a response to an request by the FRDC to RDS Partners to undertake a current (2013) RD&E capability audit for the Australian Fishing and Aquaculture Industry, following the successful completion of the initial RD&E capability audit in 2009.

The final report to FRDC from the RD&E capability audit 2009 provided an analysis of the research, development and extension (RD&E) effort supporting Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture industries in the latter quarter of 2009 and supported the development of Working Together: The National Fishing and Aquaculture RD&E Strategy.

Since the release of - and in response to - Working Together: The National Fishing and Aquaculture RD&E Strategy, it is our understanding that significant changes have occurred in national RD&E capability. The advent of: the ARC Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) for Australian universities; Major-Support-Link Research Provider concept; National Research Providers Network (NRPN) and NRPN Hubs; and the Fisheries and Aquaculture Extension and Adoption Working Group, is likely to have seen restructuring of Fishing and Aquaculture RD&E capability at a national, State and institutional level.

Updating the RD&E capability audit for 2013 will provide a direct comparison with the capability status in 2009, allowing a current understanding of RD&E capability, capacity and future demand.

Australian agencies investing in RD&E need to understand current RD&E capability and capacity and future demand, in order to to plan for and deliver effective and efficient services to the Fishing and Aquaculture industry.


1. To audit and assess the existing RD&E capability in the field of fisheries and aquaculture, and their aquatic ecology and biodiversity, within a national context
2. To identify change from 2009 in RD&E capability in the fields of fisheries and aquaculture, within: capability area
area of expertise
and investment – and within a regional context
3. To assess criteria (e.g. demonstration of ability, commitment & obligation) for Major, Support and Link research providers

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