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Calling all candidates: Government launches international search for new head of Space Agency

Stephen Kuper

Fancy yourself as a space leader? Well, the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology has officially launched an international search for the next head of the Australian Space Agency.

Calling all candidates: Government launches international search for new head of Space Agency
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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 ASA.

"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.

She added, "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."

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Dr Clark said it had been an honour to serve as interim head of the ASA.

"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 new head will lead co-operation with NASA to develop Australia's 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.

Minister Andrews added, "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."

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

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