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Australian Space Agency Advisory Group

The Australian Space Agency Advisory Group is non-statutory, independent and skills-based.

The group:

  • provides advice to the Head of the Agency
  • reviews and advises the strategic direction and performance of the Agency
  • supports the agency to achieve its purpose
  • is not a decision-making body and has no governing legislation


Professor Steven Freeland

State: New South Wales

Current Position: Dean and Professor of International Law, Western Sydney University


  • Extensive national and international experience in space law, representing the Australian Government at the UN and advising the Australian and New Zealand governments on space regulation.
  • Editorial board member of several space-related journals, author of over 300 publications on international and space law.
  • Former positions: Director of the International Institute of Space Law in Paris, faculty member of the London Institute of Space Policy and Law, member of the International Law Association’s Space Law Committee.
  • Read Professor Steven Freeland’s full biography on LinkedIn


  • PhD in International Law, Maastricht University
  • Master of Laws, University of New South Wales (UNSW)
  • Bachelor of Law and Commerce, Bachelor of Industrial Relations, UNSW
  • Marie Curie Fellow in 2013

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith

States: Tasmania and New South Wales

Current Positions:

  • Australian Government Ambassador, Women in STEM
  • Professor of Practice in Science Communication, UNSW
  • Research Group Leader, CSIRO’s Australia Telescope National Facilities Science Program



  • PhD in Radio Astronomy, University of Manchester
  • Master (Hons) of Physics in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Professor Peter Klinken AC

State: Western Australia

Current Position: Chief Scientist of Western Australia


  • Leading medical research scientist advancing the understanding of genes in leukaemia, cancer and anaemia.
  • Research achievements include discovery of a gene that supresses the growth of tumours.
  • Worked as a researcher at the US National Institutes of Health in Washington and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne.
  • Read Professor Peter Klinken’s full biography on LinkedIn

Qualification: PhD in Biochemistry, The University of Western Australia

Dr Chris Pigram AM

State: Australian Capital Territory

Current Positions:

  • Member, CSIRO Deep Earth Imaging Advisory Panel
  • Chair, AuScope Limited
  • Chair, Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mines
  • Chair, MinEx Cooperative Research Centre


  • Chief Executive Officer with a long history in the environmental services industry.
  • Formerly Director of the National Computation Infrastructure, Australia’s largest research supercomputer, and CEO of Geoscience Australia.
  • Read Dr Chris Pigram’s full biography on LinkedIn


  • PhD in Geoscience, Australian National University
  • Bachelor (Hons) in Geology and Earth Sciences, UNSW
  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Mr Frank Robert

State: Victoria

Current Position: Associated Vice President, AT Kearney


  • Contributed to NASA planetary missions and leading-edge commercial spacecraft.
  • Leads space practice for Australia, specialising in telecommunications, satellites and technology strategy.
  • Has conducted research and authored a white paper on optimising the economic impact of the Australian Space Agency.
  • Read Frank Robert’s full biography on LinkedIn


  • Master of Business Administration, Cornell University
  • Graduate work in Radio Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences
  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Economics and Minor in Astronomy, Amherst College

Professor Margaret Sheil AO

State: Queensland

Current Positions:

  • Vice-Chancellor and President, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • Member, CSIRO Science Industry Endowment Fund


  • Former positions: Director, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council, senior roles at QUT, Melbourne University, and the University of Wollongong.
  • Awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017 for distinguished service to science and higher education.
  • Read Professor Margaret Sheil’s full biography on LinkedIn


  • PhD in Chemistry, UNSW
  • Bachelor of Science, UNSW

Dr Andrew Thomas AO

State: South Australia (and International)

Current Position: Advisor to the SA Government on space


  • An aerospace engineer and former NASA astronaut.
  • Part of the crew for STS-77, STS-89 (docked with Mir Space Station), STS-102 (ISS) and STS-114 (the return to flight mission following the Columbia accident).
  • Involved in Engineers Australia and a well-recognised supporter of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Qualification: PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide

Terms of Reference

Australian Space Agency Advisory Group Terms of Reference [2.69MB PDF] [627KB DOCX]

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Last updated: 8 December 2020

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