Director, Regulatory Engineering

Company Details

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.

Categories: Executive Level 2

About the team

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 priority areas which sets a path to triple size of space economy and create 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.

Our ideal candidate

The Agency is a high performing, collaborative and fast moving organisation. This position forms part of the Regulation and International Obligations team whose work includes regulation of launches and returns, and supporting Australia’s international obligations.  This involves reducing barriers to participation through ongoing regulatory reform, ensuring the safety of activities, and Australia’s obligations under the UN Space Treaties. To be considered for this role you will have demonstrated experience and skill, including:

  • Willingness and ability to embrace the Agency’s values.
  • Relevant engineering or scientific degree, chartered engineer (or equivalent), supplemented by extensive space / industry experience.
  • Undertaking safety and compliance assessments and inspections in a regulatory and / or compliance area technical environment.
  • The ability to interpret technical plans, diagrams and applications against domestic legislation and international obligations.
  • Develop, manage and conduct regulatory analysis, providing detailed regulatory and technical expertise.
  • Sound judgement and decision making based on that judgement.
  • Ability to manage projects and / or multiple tasks, including assessment of applications, to meet deadlines and provide regular and accurate reports to management on work progress.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a proven ability to generate high-quality written materials to short time frames and with a close attention to detail.
  • Stakeholder engagement, including with state and federal government and industry.
  • A leader that fosters a culture of continuous improvement, teamwork, integrity and respect.
  • Ability to work flexibly to a professional standard in a high-pressure, complex environment, demonstrating resilience.
  • Support a principles based risk culture that appropriately balances entrepreneurship while ensuring public safety.
  • Understanding of procurement requirements and processes.

The below experiences and skills will be highly regarded:

  • Demonstrated understanding of government administrative frameworks and decision making processes.
  • Experience in a space, aerospace or scientific regulation area, particularly a space related regulatory environment.

What you will do

Key responsibilities of the role will involve working with others to support the strategic direction and required outcomes of the Regulation and International Obligations team’s work which may include:

  • Leading safety and compliance assessments as appropriate.
  • Managing assessment of applications under the Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018, including via a panel arrangement.
  • Supporting stakeholder engagement, including with state and federal government and industry and technical experts as required.
  • Providing expert advice to management, and stakeholders regarding application of the Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018.
  • Interpreting domestic legislation and international obligations.
  • Identifying and making authoritative recommendations on technical matters and / or where intervention is necessary.

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


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. The Agency may determine that a higher classification is required and will organise this if required.


This recruitment process is being used to fill an ongoing Executive Level 2 position. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing Executive Level 2 vacancies should they become available within 12 months form the date advertised.

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, résumé 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:

  • An explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (please limit your response to 1000 works on two A4 pages)
  • 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 Alex Seneta on

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.



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