The Torres Strait Scientific Advisory Committee (TSSAC) is the committee that takes a leading role in determining research priorities and assessing proposals for Torres Strait Fisheries related research each year.  The TSSAC meets 3-4 times a year and facilitates an annual funding round, and administration of Torres Strait fisheries related research projects. Research priorities are identified in the five year strategic research plan, which is in turn used by researchers to develop five year fishery research plans. These documents are listed below.

Research reports

Historic research reports

The PZJA are currently in the process of uploading research reports from research funded by the Torres Strait Scientific Advisory Committee.  A number of these publications are already available on the publications page of the website.  You can also view Torres Strait research and data via the CSIRO marine and atmospheric research data centre.

Research documents

In 2018, the new procedural framework for undertaking research in the Torres Strait was introduced. The framework outlines a clearly stepped process for researchers to follow at the different stages of research for Torres Strait fisheries research projects, from the pre-proposal phase through to implementation and post project. This framework should be used in conjunction with the Torres Strait research application, and other relevant Torres Strait research documents such as the annual research statement and five year strategic research plan. It outlines the consultation that should occur with Torres Strait communities for different kinds of Torres Strait research and how to go about this.


2022-23 call for research proposals

3 February 2022

Additional climate change project scope

An additional research scope, for a climate change project, has been released for the 2022-23 TSSAC research call.  Research applications for the climate change scope are due on Monday 28 February.  Due dates for the research applications for the other five projects remain unchanged (Friday 4 February). Details of the new climate change scope are available here.

10 December 2021

The Torres Strait Scientific Advisory Committee (TSSAC) is making its annual public call for applications to address research priorities identified for potential funding in 2022-23.

The TSSAC is a Protected Zone Joint Authority advisory body. The TSSAC provides guidance on fisheries related research priorities and assesses proposals for Torres Strait Fisheries research each year. Research priorities have been identified by individual fishery Resource Assessment Groups (RAGs) and Working Groups (WG).

Changes have been made to our research application process.  Pre-proposals no longer exist, and only a full proposal is required. Following consideration (and conditional approval) of full proposals by the TSSAC, researchers may be required to undertake a consultation and engagement process with key Torres Strait community stakeholders, to seek further engagement about the proposed research.  In order to facilitate this, you are required to complete a stakeholder engagement strategy and community consultation package as part of your proposal. Assistance will be provided by the TSSAC secretariat. Following completion of the engagement and communication strategy, the TSSAC will assess the outcomes of this engagement and if required request any relevant changes to be made to the proposal, before funding is approved.  Refer to the procedural framework for undertaking research in the Torres Strait for details about the new process and stakeholder engagement and communication protocols. 

To ensure that the proposal is developed in alignment with the TSSAC scopes, applicants are encouraged to discuss their applications with the relevant AFMA contact listed on the scope you are addressing prior to drafting/ submitting a proposal.

If you want to submit a pre-proposal that addresses the research priorities identified within the Annual Research Statement, but not a priority scope in this call, you are welcome to do so. However given your project may not be considered a high priority, it is less likely to be selected for funding. We encourage you to contact the TSSAC secretariat before developing any proposal that does not address a priority scope. Further, although scopes are being invite for these four projects, funding cannot be guaranteed until the proposals are assessed by the TSSAC, including their budgets.

The TSSAC Secretariat (Lisa Cocking) can be contacted on 02 6225 5451 or by emailing torresstraitresearch [at] ().

Research pre-proposals must be submitted to the TSSAC secretariat by Friday 4 February 2022. 

Applicants will be advised by April 2022 whether a conditional approval has been given for your proposal, whether community engagement is required, and/or any changes to your proposal should be made.


Key information for applicants when completing and submitting proposals

When completing and submitting proposals, applicants must:

  • use the project scopes outlined below as a guide when developing their pre-proposals to ensure the identified need for the project is met.
  • read the

    before completing an application

  • use the new

     and refer to the procedural framework for undertaking research in the Torres Strait to prepare their proposals

  • include in their proposals:
    • the projected costs, including breakdowns in the specified categories (salaries, travel, operating and capital) and expected funding source, as well as alternatives; and
    • the proposed contractor’s full legal identity/description, including each corporation’s full description and Australian Company Number or the full names of all partners/joint ventures. A trading name and/or Australian Business Number should also be notified, but only if registered to the parties described.
  • email their completed pre-proposal to torresstraitresearch [at] () by Friday 4 February 2022.  
  • A list of research project scopes (in no particular order) is below, with a link to each individual scope.



Application due date


applications closed (4 Feb 2022)
Finfish  applications closed (4 Feb 2022)


applications closed (4 Feb 2022)



applications closed (4 Feb 2022)
All fisheries applications closed (4 Feb 2022)
All fisheries 28 Feb 2022


Historic Research reports

The CSIRO Marine Research Repository

List of AFMA funded Torres Strait research undertaken between 1980 and 2003 is available on the CSIRO marine science publication and metadata collection page

Learn more about the CSIRO marine science publication and metadata collection on the About page.