Executive Directors, Australian Space Agency

The Australian Space Agency (the Agency) is a new entity to be located in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and will commence from 1 July 2018. The purpose of the Agency is to transform and grow a globally respected Australian space industry that lifts the broader economy, inspires and improves the lives of Australians – underpinned by strong international and national engagement. Responsibilities of the Agency will include:

Ideal Candidates

Across all roles, successful applicants will have:

  • the ability to lead teams and deliver significant results
  • team work and interpersonal skills of the highest order
  • strong stakeholder engagement, communication and collaboration skills
  • excellent strategic thinking, policy analysis and conceptual skills
  • expertise relevant to the responsibilities of the Australian Space Agency (e.g. the preferred area of responsibility identified below).

What you will do

Executive Directors (Executive Level 2) applicants are sought for multiple positions within the Agency. The Executive Directors will be central to the leadership of the Agency, supporting the Head and Deputy Head in the delivery of the Agency’s purpose covering the following areas:

  • Space strategy and policy – lead the development of Australia’s national space strategy and policy.
  • Policy coordination and communications – lead the coordination of Agency activities, internal and external communications as well as the administration of the Agency.
  • International and national growth – lead industry/business development and facilitation activities nationally and internationally (e.g. with both industry and other space agency counterparts).
  • Program and industry capability – maintain awareness of the state of the art for the space industry, support strategic priority setting and support engagement with states and territories.
  • Space regulations and international obligations – lead the development of regulatory reform, undertake regulatory activities under the Space Activities Act 1998, prepare subordinate legislation for the Space Activities (Launches and Returns) Bill 2018 and support the Australian Government’s international space obligations.

The Executive Directors will also be required to:

  • undertake work with a high level of complexity or sensitivity and operate under broad direction
  • exercise a significant degree of independence and perform an important leadership role
  • influence and develop strategy, policies, priorities and operational practices in support of agency objectives
  • provide advice to senior management and Ministers as well as coordinate and assume responsibility for highly complex or sensitive projects or work programs that have strategic, political and/or operational significance
  • initiate, establish and maintain strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders