Agriculture and Water Resources
The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is a co-funded partnership between the Australian Government and the fishing industry. It was formed as a statutory corporation in 1991, under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989 (PIRD Act) and is responsible to the Minister for Agriculture. FRDC aims to ensure, on behalf of the Australian Government, that research is undertaken to assist in the management of the fisheries and aquaculture resource for ongoing sustainability. FRDC's plans and invests in fisheries priority research, development and extension (RDandE) activities in Australia. FRDC coordinates Government and industry investment, including stakeholders, to establish and address RDandE priorities. It provides leadership and facilitates the dissemination, extension and commercialisation of RDandE outcomes. FRDC also monitors and evaluates the adoption of RDandE to inform future decisions. FRDC receives funding from the Australian Government and contributions revenue from the Commonwealth and state-based fisheries. A significant proportion of funding is directed at research to benefit the three fishing industry sectors: commercial (wild catch and aquaculture), recreational and indigenous. Research that delivers a public good benefit to the Australian community is also a priority.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    R. Management Board

  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989

  • Paid Members?

    Yes

  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members

    9

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    Yes

  • Classification

    X. Internal Management

  • Auditor

    ANAO

  • Function Categorization

    Executive Management

  • Creation Date

    2 July 1991

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair The Hon. Ronald Boswell 1 September 2016 31 August 2019
Deputy Chair Mrs. Renata Brooks 4 November 2015 31 August 2018
Director/Non-Executive Director Mr. John Susman 1 September 2015 31 August 2018
Director/Non-Executive Director Associate Professor Daryl McPhee 1 September 2015 31 August 2018
Director/Non-Executive Director Dr. Lesley MacLeod 1 September 2015 31 August 2018
Director/Non-Executive Director Mr. John Harrison 1 September 2015 31 August 2018
Director/Non-Executive Director Prof. Colin Buxton 1 September 2015 31 August 2018
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