The primary purpose of an Oysters Australia Strategic Plan is to coordinate oyster industry research, development, and extension (RD&E) across Australia to ensure that usable outputs are provided to oyster businesses. The plan outlines a set of RD&E programs and a list of priority projects for which research proposals will be called.

Non-research activities conducted by Oyster Australia, as the national representative body, are also outlined in the document. These activities include policy preparation, market development, communication, and advocacy.

The plan forms an integral part of the Industry Partnership Agreement (IPA) between Oysters Australia and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC). Oysters Australia will work closely with FRDC to manage the portfolio of projects.

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You can download the Oysters Australia Strategic Plan 2020-2025 by clicking here.

The plan outlines five programs, each of which have desired outcomes and key performance indicators.

Program 1: Production & Innovation

Program 2: Risk Management

Program 3: People & Knowledge 

Program 4: Post Harvest & Market Development

Program 5: Industry Profile & Reputation

Extension and adoption activities are required as an integral part of establishing any project. 

Call For Projects - EOI's close 1st March 2021

Oysters Australia are now looking to invest in a portfolio of RD&E projects that will deliver the objectives of the Strategic Plan.

A two-stage process will be used to develop the portfolio. This notice relates to the first stage, which is a call for brief Expressions of Interest (EOI's) from suitably skilled organisations. These will be reviewed by the Oysters Australia R&D Committee to determine their likely value to the industry. The leaders of high priority projects will then be contacted by Oysters Australia to further develop the ideas contained in the EOI's.

When the project leader and Oysters Australia are satisfied with the project proposal, the applicant will be requested to prepare an application using the FRDC's FishNet system.

Prior to preparing an EOI, applicants should review the Oysters Australia Strategic Plan and the FRDC Strategic Plan. Applications that clearly demonstrate how they will achieve objectives described will be given highest priority. However, any applications that will deliver benefits to the oyster industry will be considered. Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposals with the industry before submission.


As part of the process the Oysters Australia R&D Committee may opt to interview some applicants.

Applications should be submitted to management@oystersaustralia.org using the EOI form below. The closing date for applications is Monday 1st March 2021.


Further information can be obtained from: 

Len Stephens, Chairman


Mob: 0418 454 726

Andy Myers, Executive Officer


Mob: 0488 656 366