Meet our Executive team

Located around Australia, our Executive team is responsible for coordinating civil space matters across government and supporting the growth and transformation of Australia’s space industry.

Enrico Palermo — Head of the Australian Space Agency

Enrico is responsible for governance and performance, management, policy leadership and strategic direction of the Agency.

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Christopher De Luis — General Manager, Office of the Space Regulator

The Office of the Space Regulator is responsible for the 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. This includes the implementation of Australia’s obligations under the United Nations space treaties.

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Chris Hewett — General Manager, Space Policy

The Space Policy branch provides policy advice and analysis on the space sector. The branch works across government policy domains, programs and capability development to facilitate decision making and outcomes in the national interest.

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Jarrod Powell — General Manager, National Space Capability, Technology and Programs

The National Space Capability, Technology and Programs branch provides whole-of-government strategic guidance on national space capability and needs through scoping activities, expert advice and technical due diligence on space matters. It supports the growth and uptake of space applications and delivery of the Australian Space Agency's programs in alignment with critical technology priorities, to grow a trusted and respected Australian space sector.

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Our Advisory Board

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

The Board:

  • advises the Head of the Agency
  • reviews and advises on the Agency’s strategic direction and performance
  • supports the Agency to achieve its purpose
  • is not a decision-making body and has no governing legislation.

Our department recognises the First Peoples of this Nation and their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to the lands, waters, seas, skies, and communities.

We Acknowledge First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Custodians and Lore Keepers of the oldest living culture and pay respects to their Elders past and present. We extend that respect to all First Nations Peoples.