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International search for new Head of Space Agency

16 December 2019

A new global era of space exploration and commercialisation has begun, and the Morrison Government is searching for a visionary space leader to continue to take our domestic industry to the next level, to grow the economy and create new jobs.

Dr Megan Clark AC, completes her term as the Head of the Australian Space Agency in the middle of next year, with a global search now underway for a replacement.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews thanked Dr Clark for her leadership as the first Head of the Australian Space Agency.

“Dr Clark has helped show the world that Australia is a serious player in space technology and exploration. The job of our next agency head will be to build on that foundation by helping Australian businesses secure a bigger share of the space race,” Minister Andrews said.

“The next agency head doesn’t just have big shoes to fill replacing Dr Clark, they will need the drive and vision to lead an Australian space sector that is moving fast.

“Space businesses and advanced manufacturers across the country have seen the opportunities in the space market and they aren’t wasting any time. The next Head of the Australian Space Agency will be someone who can match this emerging sector’s energy and dynamism as we work together to grow a globally respected Australian industry.

“The next agency head will have at the top of their list, helping deliver on the Morrison Government’s plan to triple the size of our space sector by 2030, adding $12 billion to our economy and creating 20,000 new jobs.”

Dr Clark said it has been an honour to serve as interim Head of the Australian Space Agency.

“It has been exciting to be involved in the early stages of such an important initiative and our success so far is testament to the support we have received from the community and space industry and the professionalism and commitment of our people,” Dr Clark said. 

As well as overseeing the further development of the agency, the role involves working with the states and territories, building relationships with international partner agencies, and growing Australia as a hub for local and international space businesses.

The Coalition has committed more than $600 million to our space sector, including $150 million to grow opportunities for Australian businesses to join the supply chain for NASA’s Moon to Mars mission.

The new Head of the Space Agency will lead cooperation with NASA to develop our expertise in automation, robotics and remote asset management for use in space, providing a boost to local industry.

The Head of the Space Agency is responsible to, and is appointed by, the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.

Qualified Australian citizens both at home and abroad will be considered for the position.

Media contact: Minister Andrews' office 02 6277 7070