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Australian Space Agency – Office of the Chief Technology Officer, various positions

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term, Ongoing
Location: Adelaide
Categories: APS Level 4, APS Level 5, APS Level 6, Executive Level 1, Executive Level 2

About the team

The purpose of the Australian Space Agency (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 10 year plan for the Australian space industry is outlined in the Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy which outlines four pillars and the seven key civil space priority areas which sets a path to triple size of space economy and creates another 20,000 jobs in Australia.

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 including the Moon to Mars initiative (M2M); 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 Agency and understand our values.

Our ideal candidates

The Agency is a high performing, collaborative and fast moving team. The roles form part of the Agency’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), which is responsible for maintaining awareness of the state of the art for the space industry, providing expertise and technical authority across the Agency and the Government, developing and maintaining technology roadmaps across the seven strategic priority areas, supporting strategic planning, and supporting domestic and international missions.

Roles in the Office of the CTO include:

  • Space Technology Director (Executive Level 2)
  • Space Technology Assistant Director (Executive Level 1)
  • Senior Space Technology Officer (APS Level 6)
  • Space Technology Officer (APS Level 4 and 5). 

The roles require an in-depth understanding of the space industry and specific technical skills that can assist in shaping the Agency’s activities.

Our ideal candidates will be innovative thinkers, with demonstrable experience in putting forward and executing new approaches to solving challenges.

You will have:

  • (EL1 and EL2) extensive experience developing and delivering space missions or systems (for example 5-10 years industry experience), or other related experience, with demonstrated technical expertise and a keen passion for technology
  • (APS6) a minimum of 2 years of experience in developing and delivering technical projects
  • (APS 5) a minimum of 1 year of experience in developing and delivering technical projects, or other related experience
  • completed tertiary study in engineering, space science and technology or related fields
  • excellent interpersonal skills and a strong team player
  • strong stakeholder engagement and collaboration skills
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a proven ability to generate high-quality technical documentation as well as policy proposals, with a close attention to detail and the ability to write both for technical and non-technical audiences
  • demonstrated space system knowledge though education or other work experience
  • a strong understanding of the space sector dynamics and ecosystem
  • experience and confidence in technical and programmatic negotiations and discussions
  • excellent strategic thinking, policy analysis and conceptual skills and the ability to synthesise complex or diverse information
  • responsibility and accountability, with a commitment to achieving quality outcomes.

Successful applicants for the EL1 and EL2 roles will also need to demonstrate:

  • Leadership skills of the highest order
  • Excellent team management skills
  • The ability to communicate with influence and build consensus.

All successful applicants will be able to demonstrate the ability to foster a culture of continuous improvement, employee engagement, teamwork, integrity and will respect, embrace and work by the Australian Space Agency values.

The below skills and experiences will also be highly regarded:

  • Completed tertiary studies in space system engineering to the honours or postgraduate level
  • Experience across a breadth of mission types and phases, from Phase 0 to F
  • Experience across one or more of the Agency’s civil space priority areas
  • Experience reviewing technical proposals and technical gate reviews
  • Experience in supporting team members that are geographically dispersed
  • International and / or national space business development experience
  • A depth of knowledge, and compliance with legislative, financial and administrative frameworks, government decision making process and Agency guidelines and regulations (or ability to develop those quickly).

What you will do

Key responsibilities of all roles include, but not limited to:

  • Providing input to the Agency’s space policies and programs
  • Support whole of government space-related activities, such as providing space-related technical advice to other government departments and agencies
  • Supporting the delivery of Agency space programs and activities, such as programs that accelerate the technology readiness level of the Australian space industry
  • Scoping potential missions that support the growth of Australian industry, including assessing their technical and programmatic feasibility
  • Supporting the development and delivery of technical roadmaps that highlight investment opportunities to accelerate the growth of Australia’s space industry
  • Representing the Agency at inter Agency meetings and other forums and act as an expert technical consultant to and on behalf of the Agency
  • Engaging with national and international stakeholders, including government, counterpart international agencies, industry and academia
  • Maintaining awareness of the state of the art for the space industry and identifying opportunities for growing Australia’s space industry
  • Identifying and defining projects, in collaboration across the Agency, that can contribute to the Agency’s international cooperation
  • Developing detailed project plans to support the delivery of space projects
  • Developing, interpreting and providing high level policy advice on matters relating to the Agency
  • Prepare briefings and reports for the Agency’s Executive and Minister.

In addition to the above responsibilities, EL2s and ELs will also be expected to:

  • Effectively lead and manage their teams, including supporting the well-being of team members and setting clear goals and deliverables
  • Empower their teams to deliver
  • Provide strategic advice on space-related matters to the Agency Executive and Minister
  • Champion collaboration across the Agency, government and the broad space ecosystem.


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

Security Clearance

These positions require a minimum baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level and be willing to obtain and maintain a NV2 level. The Agency may determine that a higher classification is required and will organise this if required.


The Australian Space Agency is looking to fill several immediate vacancies and also create a merit list for future employment opportunities in the Office of the CTO and the Agency more broadly.

It is expected that initial roles will commence in early-2022.

The Agency Headquarters is in Adelaide. A package to support relocation may be considered. Consideration may also be given for successful applicants who request to work from other locations under flexible arrangements, subject to operational needs.

Applicants who have previously applied for roles within the Australian Space Agency under previous recruiting rounds are encouraged to reapply, 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, please provide:

A summary of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role. Your pitch can contain no more than 3000 characters (approximately 500 words) and should align to the job description.

Your current resume, in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format and not exceeding 3 A4 pages in length

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Therese Breen on or via 02 6213 6735.

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.

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