Every five years, the FRDC re-aligns organisational focus with contemporary end-user needs in the process of developing its research and development (R&D) plan.
FRDC’s R&D Plan 2020-2025 seeks to respond to the ambition of the diverse stakeholders from across fishing and aquaculture, focusing on big, cross-sectoral issues of national importance while also ensuring that jurisdictional and sector needs are met. The R&D Plan 2020-2025 focuses on outcomes in five key areas, supported by five enabling strategies designed to ensure outcomes are faster and easier.
The FRDC prepares Annual Operational Plans (AOPs) each financial year to guide practical delivery of the current R&D plan, describing what will be done next to enable strategies to be achieved. The purpose of each AOP is to respond to the issues and challenges affecting fishing and aquaculture in Australia, setting out strategies to achieve the outcomes described within the current R&D plan and the activities that sit under each of those strategies. Each AOP also summarises income and expenditure that will underpin planned activities.
Stakeholder planning workshop
FRDC’s 2022-23 Annual Operational Plan identifies ten strategic shared opportunities, that were scoped and refined with input from stakeholders across fishing and aquaculture through the Annual Stakeholder Workshop, summarised below:
10 Shared Strategic Opportunities (AOP 2022-23)
FRDC will deliver dedicated investment in these areas over the life of FRDC’s R&D Plan. This will complement investment in other key areas including trade diversification, production and profitability optimisation, and innovation to improve preparedness and competitiveness.
Below are downloadable fact sheets that support our commitment to delivering on the shared strategic opportunities: