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Assistant Manager, Executive Level 1, Program and Capability, Australian Space Agency

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Adelaide
Categories: Executive Level 1

About the team

The Australian Government established the Australian Space Agency (the Agency) on 1 July 2018 to put in place a long term structure to support the growth and transformation of Australia’s space industry. 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.

The Agency’s governance arrangements are outlined in it Charter. It is a non-statutory, whole-of-government entity located within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Responsibilities of the Agency includes providing national policy and strategic advice on the civil space sector; coordinating Australia’s domestic space sector activities; leading international space engagement; supporting the growth of Australia’s space industry and the use of space across the broader economy; administering space activities legislation and delivering on our international obligations; and inspiring the Australia community and the next generation of space entrepreneurs.

In conjunction with the Australian Public Service (APS) Code of Conduct and Values, the Agency has specific values that guide how we conduct our business both internally and externally. It is expected that all staff of the Agency closely identify and embrace these values.

Please visit to learn more about the Australian Space Agency and understand our values.

Our ideal candidate

The Agency is a high performing, collaborative and fast moving team. The Program and Capability Assistant Manager will report to the Executive Director for Program and Capability (Chief Technology Officer). The role forms part of the technical team who is responsible for maintaining awareness of the state of the art for the Australian space industry, supporting strategic priority setting and delivering on domestic and international activities.

The role requires an in-depth understanding of the space industry and broad technical skills that can assist in shaping Australia’s space technology roadmaps.

The successful candidates will demonstrate the following skills and experience:

  • Capability of developing technology roadmaps and strategies to enhance Australia’s technical leadership.
  • Excellent written skills with a proven ability to generate high-quality technical documentation, with a close attention to detail.
  • Ability to provide regular accurate reports to management with detailed reviews of project performance and risk.
  • Excellent strategic thinking, policy analysis and conceptual skills.
  • Ability to develop innovative approaches and ideas
  • Ability to synthetise complex or diverse information
  • Judgement to identify conclusions and solutions for decision by management;
  • Strong stakeholder engagement and collaboration skills;
  • Ability to foster a culture of continuous improvement, employee engagement, teamwork, integrity and respect;
  • Take ownership, responsibility and accountability;
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities, circumstances;
  • Ability to work within a pressurised environment;
  • Commitment to achieving quality outcomes;
  • In depth knowledge of, and compliance with legislative, financial and administrative frameworks; government decision making process and Agency guidelines and regulations (or ability to develop those quickly);
  • Communicate directly, openly and honestly, with high level of integrity;
  • Lead a team towards a common objective and demonstrate interpersonal skills at the highest order;
  • Responds quickly to requests;
  • Able to plan and manage own work; and
  • Embrace and work by the Australian Space Agency values.

What you will do

Key responsibilities of the role will include:

  • representing the Agency at cross agency meetings and other forums and act as an expert technical consultant to and on behalf of the Agency
  • maintaining awareness of the state of the art for the space industry
  • providing input to the strategic direction of the Australian Space Agency
  • support the Agency’s national and international engagement
  • helping to identify and define the key projects for the Agency’s international cooperation, and coordinate successful implementation and delivery
  • coordination and undertaking detailed projects that impact on strategic, political or operational outcomes
  • developing, interpreting and providing high level policy advice on matters relating to the Australian Space Agency
  • developing and managing a range of internal and external stakeholder relationships
  • facilitating new initiatives, developing, executing and documenting corresponding policies, plans, goals and procedures.

While day-to-day work is anchored in the Program and Capability team, the Agency operates in a dynamic environment, and it is expected that the successful candidate will flexibly support work in other teams such as the National and International Engagement Team, and the Strategy and Policy team. 


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

You must have a suitable Engineering Degree, preferably in space systems or related subject, and at least 10 years’ of related industry experience. Candidates with experience in space, aerospace and defence industry are highly preferred.

Security Clearance

This position requires a minimum baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level. The Agency may determine that a higher classification is required and will organise this if required.


The Australian Space Agency is advertising five roles, each unique to the position. Applying for one position does not automatically indicate your interest in other roles. You will need to submit applications for each role you are interested in.

All roles are based in Adelaide central business district.

A candidate information session for all available roles in the Australian Space Agency was held on 11 April from 1pm – 2pm at the interim offices of the Australian Space Agency, 26 Franklin Street, Adelaide.

View an overview of the recent information session [3.94MB PDF] [8.99MB DOCX]

Candidates that are shortlisted for interview will be advised in late May/early June.

The Agency intends to create a merit list for all advertised roles that can be used to fill future vacancies.

Applicants who have previously applied for roles within the Australian Space Agency under previous recruiting rounds are welcome to apply again, as the criteria differ for these roles.

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, resume and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide a combined response to the questions of 700 – 1000 words:

  1. an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role.
  2. How you see the Australian Space Agency’s role in growing the space industry in Australia.
  3. tell us about three (3) professional achievements that you are proud of.

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Anntonette Dailey on or via 02 6276 1166.

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity, embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability. If you require some assistance with your application, or need this in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment Team at or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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