The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation R&D Plan 2020-2025

FRDC acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, and recognises their continuing connection to lands, waters and culture. We pay our respect to Elders past and present.


Imagining the future of fishing and aquaculture

The FRDC will invest to pursue the shared vision of Fish forever 2030 for a collaborative, vibrant fishing and aquaculture, creating diverse benefits from aquatic resources, and celebrated by the community.




The FRDC R&D Plan commenced on 1 July 2020. The Plan’s main purpose is to convey a shared vision for the future, the outcomes required to pursue that vision, and the enabling strategies to achieve them.

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Key Outcomes


The Plan focuses on five R&D outcomes, supported by Enabling Strategies that build capability and provide foundational support to the delivery of the outcomes.

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Enabling Strategies

The FRDC’s investment in the five enabling strategies will assist achieving the R&D Plan Outcomes. Enabling Strategy investments will be focused on assisting and achieving R&D Outcomes rather than investing in an Enabling Strategy activity by itself.

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Measuring Performance

Progress against the R&D Plan will be measured against a performance management framework that sets out how progress will be evaluated using metrics that are appropriate, timely and provide an accurate picture of the impact of investment.

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Key Outcomes and Enabling Strategies

The FRDC R&D Plan identifies five R&D outcomes that will be delivered with the assistance of investment in five enabling strategies. Both aim to help deliver the Fish Forever 2030 Strategy.

The new R&D Plan also brings with it some changes to the way engagement, planning and investment will be undertaken.


Developing the plan

The FRDC’s new plan was informed by a series of reviews, research and extensive consultation. Consultation focused around scenario planning, which can be helpful when planning in an uncertain environment.


The System Map

The FRDC set out to build a system map of the fishing and aquaculture landscape. The map describes key drivers affecting fishing and aquaculture in Australia, and the relationships between them.