Senior and Principal Space Operations Assessors – Regulatory Operations

  • Posted 2 months ago
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  • Australian Citizens only

Company Details

The purpose of the Australian Space 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: APS Level 6 and Executive Level 1

The 10 year plan for the Australian space industry is outlined in Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019 – 2028 which outlines four pillars and seven key priority areas which sets a path to triple the size of space economy and create 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;
  • supporting the growth of Australia’s space industry and the use of space across the broader economy
  • leading international space engagement
  • administering space activities legislation and delivering on our international obligations and,
  • inspiring the Australian community and the next generation of space entrepreneurs.

The Agency is a separately branded Division of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. The Agency is committed to the Australian Public Service (APS) values and code of conduct and is also guided by its space industry values of: responsible, shared ambition, trust and integrity, entrepreneurial spirit, inclusion and passion.

The Office of the Space Regulator is responsible for regulation of Australian space activities and high power rockets. Its purpose is to provide an internationally recognised regulatory framework that enables entrepreneurship and sector growth, while assuring risks to safety and other national interests are managed appropriately.

We are looking to fill the following roles within the Office of the Space Regulator’s Regulatory Operations team:

  • Senior Space Operations Assessor – APS Level 6
  • Principal Space Operations Assessor – Executive Level 1.

Our ideal candidate

Reporting to the Director of Regulatory Operations (EL 2), each role is responsible for the assessment and management of Australian space launch and returns applications, including high powered rockets and launch facilities, against the Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018 and subordinate legislation.

We are seeking exceptional and highly motivated performers with the following knowledge, experience and attributes:

  • Sound stakeholder management skills, and demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders working collaboratively to achieve outcomes.
  • Excellent communication skills with a demonstrated ability to generate high-quality written materials and provide persuasive verbal arguments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary and professionally diverse team.
  • Hold a tertiary qualification, or equivalent technical experience, in engineering (such as aerospace, space systems, systems safety, mechanical), science, technology, mathematics or law (the latter with a focus on technology).
  • Demonstration of professional competence and the ability to maintain professional industry recognition e.g. chartered professional engineer (if a professional engineer).
  • Working knowledge of the Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018 and subordinate legislation, Flight Safety Code and Maximum Probable Loss Methodology, or the ability to rapidly acquire working level knowledge.
  • (EL1 only) Experience leading multi-disciplinary and professionally diverse teams including external services providers, to deliver complex projects.
  • (EL1 only) Experience in safety assurance activities, such as hazard risk assessments, functional hazard analyses, and/or system safety assessments.

In addition to the above, the following skills are desirable:

  • Experience in range safety, engineering/test and evaluation or technical auditing.
  • Working experience or detailed knowledge of other regulatory regimes that have an interface with assessment of applications under the Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018 (such as environment, hazardous materials, aviation safety, technology security or finance).
  • (APS6 only) Experience in safety assurance, including risk assessment, functional hazard analysis, and/or system safety assessments.

What you will do 

You will:

  • Manage client applications, including receipt, assessment and recommendations for granting authorisations to conduct space activities under the Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018 and subordinate legislation. Authorisations include;
    • Australian launch facilities
    • launch permits and returns
    • high-powered rockets
    • overseas payload permits.
  • Contribute to ongoing compliance monitoring activities, including the Launch Safety Officer function as defined under the legislation, and enforcement activities as required. You may have opportunity to support the functions of a Launch Safety Officer on an as needed bases including travel to existing of future launch sites.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate regulatory assessment policies and processes, providing regulatory guidance and identifying and making recommendations on technical matters as it pertains to an applicant.
  • Develop seamless working relationships with peers across the Agency, in particular the Office of the Space Regulator.

In addition to the above, the Senior Space Operations Assessor (EL1) will:

  • Operate under broad direction to lead a multi-disciplinary and professionally diverse team including external services providers to deliver regulatory assessments of complex space activities.


To be eligible for this role applicants must be Australian Citizens.

Security Clearance

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a baseline security clearance.


The Agency Headquarters is based in Adelaide.

While teams are located in Adelaide and Canberra, these roles can be undertaken in any location the department has representation.  We are open to consider remote work opportunities and candidates from other states and territories are encouraged to apply.  Flexible work arrangements will be assessed in line with business and operational requirements and, on a case by case basis.  A package to support relocation or consideration for this position to be filled in other locations in Australia may be negotiated.

How to apply

Applications are online. Please include a ‘pitch’ articulating why the Agency should recruit you for this role. Limit your response to no more than 3000 characters (approx. 500 words). Also include your résumé with your application. Résumés must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.

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.

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 full time/part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic whole selves to work every day. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, mature age, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people. Please contact our Inclusion team at for a confidential discussion if you identify from any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please refer to our Applying for a position information for additional information on how to apply.

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