Australia's race for space

Australia's race for space

Nov 22
CEDA welcomes inaugural Australian Space Agency (ASA) Chief Executive, Dr Megan Clark AC, to deliver a keynote address as part of CEDA’s future of work series.
Do you have a login? Sign in now to prefill the registration form and access member benefits.


Dr Megan Clark AC, Head, Australian Space Agency
Mike Kalms, Partner in Charge, Operations Advisory, KPMG
The Hon. Vickie Chapman MP, Attorney-General of South Australia
Julia Mitchell, Senior Spacecraft Systems Engineer, Sitael Australia

Event Overview

Australia's recent announcement to sign a $150 million deal with NASA highlights our clear determination to crack into the US$350 billion global space market and our driverless mining trucks and remote health technologies could be key to NASA's 2024 Moon mission.

While Australia has not had a national space agency until recently,  Australia already has a well-established local space industry, worth around $4 billion and employing more than 10,000 people. The ASA will be charged with transforming and growing this already respected industry that will in turn lift the broader economy, inspire and improve the lives of Australians and will be underpinned by strong international and national engagement.

Dr Clark will explore what this means in terms of the jobs and workforce of the future, not just in the space industry sector, but spilling over into defence, innovation and AI/machine learning sectors more generally, and the critical role that South Australia can play.

Dr Clark will be joined on stage with industry leaders to provide their own insight and understanding of the bright future ahead.

Event presentations

Dr Megan Clark AC, Australian Space Agency MP3 | PDF

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF


Meet the keynote speaker

Dr Megan Clark AC
Head, Australian Space Agency

Dr Clark is currently Head of the Australian Space Agency and a director of Rio Tinto, CSL Limited and CARE Australia. She is a member of the Australian advisory board of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Dr Clark recently chaired the Expert Working Group into the Review of Australia’s Space Industry Capability. She was Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) from 2009 to 2014.  Prior to CSIRO, she was a Director at NM Rothschild and Sons (Australia) and was Vice President Technology and subsequently Vice President Health, Safety and Environment at BHP Billiton from 2003 to 2008. Dr Clark holds a BSc from the University of Western Australia and a PhD from Queen’s University, Canada and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, a Fellow of the AusIMM and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  In 2014, she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia.

Meet the panel

The Hon. Vickie Chapman MP
Attorney-General of South Australia

After graduating from Law in 1978, Vickie became a Barrister and Solicitor and, for many of those years ran her own small business, Chapman and Associates.
During her time in Parliament, Vickie has been responsible for a number of key portfolios for the Opposition, including Education, Health, Transport and Infrastructure. 
With the election of the Marshall Government in 2018, Vickie currently serves as the Deputy Premier and Attorney-General, with further responsibility for the Justice Reform and Consumer and Business Services portfolios. 

Julia Mitchell
Senior Spacecraft Systems Engineer, Sitael Australia

Julia is a motivated systems engineer/program manager experienced in the aerospace and space sectors. Julia has a passion for space. Through her employment and volunteer roles, Julia has well developed team, leadership, communication and people skills and fine attention to detail. Julia most recently was the Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) Test-bed Program Manager at FrontierSI. In this role, Julia led a team which coordinated around 30 projects over ten different industry sectors (agriculture, aviation, consumer, road, rail, construction, utilities, resources, spatial and maritime) which successfully demonstrated the benefits of SBAS.

Flavia Tata Nardini
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fleet Space Technologies

Rocket Scientist and Space Lover. Flavia Tata Nardini began her career as a Space Engineer at the European Space Agency before joining TNO to apply her technical knowledge to advanced space propulsion engineering projects. In 2015, she co-founded Fleet to solve the issue facing businesses globally over the next decade: how to connect the more than 75 billion connected devices expected to come online over the next decade, simply and cheaply.

Meet the chair

Mike Kalms
Partner in Charge, Operations Advisory, KPMG

Mike leads KPMG Australia's national Operations Advisory team, and from a market perspective, drives their defence industry and space accounts. He has over 25 years’ experience in business and government in Australia, Europe and Asia.

Supported by CEDA members

Event series sponsor

Major sponsors

Public event advice – Coronavirus

At CEDA we are proud to regularly convene and engage speakers and audiences as an essential element of our efforts to broaden discussion and debate of the most important policy issues facing Australia. In doing so, our first priority is always the safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff.

CEDA is currently delivering a digital program of public events, podcasts and virtual Trustee roundtable discussions; hybrid events with both a livestream and audience in attendance; and face-face events, where there is member demand and they can be delivered in accordance with government health advice for a specific state.

For face-to-face gatherings, CEDA is working closely with our hosts and venues to ensure that social distancing can be maintained and facilities and equipment have been properly sanitised. Attendance numbers will strictly adhere to government guidelines for each state.In line with government advice we request people that are unwell with cough or fever or other respiratory symptoms do not attend CEDA events. We also ask that you follow government advice and maintain social distancing by refraining from shaking hands or exchanging physical greetings, and wherever possible, staying at least 1.5 metres away from others.

CEDA will continue to closely monitor government advice regarding public gatherings and will follow all relevant health advice from the Australian government in relation to COVID-19.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Twitter feed

ABN 49 008 600 922 | © 2020 CEDA |  Privacy and data collection