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Assistant Manager, Strategy and Policy Team, Executive Level 1, Australian Space Agency

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term, Ongoing, Temporary
Location: Adelaide
Categories: Executive Level 1

About the team

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 activities of the Agency are guided by Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy. The Strategy outlines a 10 year plan comprising four pillars and the seven key priority areas which sets a path to triple size of space economy and create another 20,000 jobs in Australia by 2030.

Responsibilities of the Agency include 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 Australian community and the next generation of space entrepreneurs.

A key focus of the Agency is the delivery of the Moon to Mars Initiative, which will support Australian businesses to access international space supply chains, create jobs in Australia and support the growth of industries across the economy through the development and application of space technologies.

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 Agency and understand our values.

Our ideal candidate

The Agency is high performing, collaborative and fast moving team. We are looking to fill a role with a team leader who can inspire, work collaboratively and deliver significant outcomes.

The Australian Space Agency is looking to fill a vacancy in our Strategy and Policy Team and also create a merit list for this team as well as future employment opportunities across two other teams within the Agency (Program and Capability and International and National Engagement).  

The Strategy and Policy team is responsible for the development and implementation of the Agency’s national civil space strategy and policies. The team develops concepts and proposals for new initiatives to support the growth of Australia’s space industries, as well as engagement, consultation, and coordination with other Government agencies that operate in the space domain.

Program and Capability is the technical arm of the Agency, responsible for developing the civil space strategy roadmaps, scoping and managing the Agency’s space programs and delivering on domestic and international activities. The role requires an in-depth understanding of the national and international space industry, program management expertise and a breadth of space science or systems engineering skills. Given the technical nature of this team, formal qualifications in space, aerospace engineering will be highly regarded.

The International and National Engagement team is responsible for the Agency’s outward facing engagement activities. This team is the point of contact for stakeholder engagement including negotiating and managing the relationships and initiatives with international space agencies, the Australian space industry and state and territory governments.

To be considered for the role you will have demonstrated experience and skill in:

  • Genuinely embracing the values of the Agency.
  • Being an innovative leader with outstanding interpersonal skills that respects and empowers the team.
  • Being trusted to deliver.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications.
  • Being flexible and adaptable in a fast paced environment.
  • Sound knowledge of the space, aerospace and/or defence industry.

Having some of the below experiences and skills will be highly regarded:

  • Project and/or program management.
  • Experience in government procurement, contract management, legislative, financial and administrative frameworks, government decision making processes.
  • Negotiations, including negotiating national or international agreements, memorandums of understanding, letters of intent and implementation contracts.
  • International and/or national business development.
  • Evidence based policy development and analysis using the application of data.
  • Effective engagement across key government agencies.

What you will do

You will oversee a small team of highly engaged staff as a leader in your field.

Key responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Leading a small team.
  • Providing advice on policies and programs to support the growth of the space industry.
  • Supporting the delivery of Agency program and projects.
  • Engaging with stakeholders (national and international).
  • Developing high quality briefs and other documents.
  • Working within legislative, financial and administrative frameworks to manage contracts and procurements.
  • Maintaining an excellent understanding of the space sector.

While day-to-day work is anchored in the team, the Agency operates in a dynamic environment, and it is expected that the successful candidate will flexibly support work in all functional teams including Communications and Operations, Regulatory, Program and Capability, Strategy and Policy and the International and National Engagement teams where required.


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

Security Clearance

These positions initially require a minimum baseline security. The successful applicant will then be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at the Negative Vetting 1 (NV1) level.


The Agency is also looking to create a merit list for future employment. Roles could be ongoing or non-ongoing up to a period of three years. 

Please ensure you are familiar with the Enterprise Agreement for the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources including expected salary and conditions of employment before applying. This can be found on the department’s website.

Applicants will be expected to work at the Agencies headquarters in Adelaide, however, consideration will be given to other locations depending on operational needs.

It is expected that this position will commence in mid-2020. Please note that there may be a pre-interview assessment and interviews may be conducted remotely.

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:

  1. A cover letter that provides an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (please limit your response to a maximum of 500 words).
  2. To be considered on a merit list please indicate at the top of your cover letter which team you feel you have the strongest alignment with #Programs and Capability; #Strategy and Policy; #International and National Engagement.

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

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Rachel Thamm on or via (08) 8406 4746.

Learn more about the department

The Agency’s governance arrangements are outlined in its Charter. It is a non-statutory, separately branded whole-of-government entity located within the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (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.

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 one page pitch (750 word maximum) explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position.

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

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