Dara’s career journey timeline


Dara has undergraduate degrees in law and economics and a Master of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


One of Dara’s first international postings was as part of Australia’s permanent delegation to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva from 1999 to 2002.


Dara was departmental liaison officer in the office of the Minister for Trade from 2002 to 2004.


As a career diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT, Dara held the position of minister-counsellor (political) at the Australian embassy in Tokyo from 2012 to 2015.


After moving from international diplomacy to intelligence, Dara led the Open Source Centre and managed implementation of aspects of the Independent Intelligence Review 2017.

She then headed a division at the Australian Signals Directorate.

Key resources

Our key space career job roles and study pathways information is packaged up into downloadable PDFs that students, teachers or parents can easily browse through and keep as a handy reference.

a poster of multiple space professionals

Space careers booklet

This resource covers all the space careers we talk about online, and can be downloaded by students, teachers or parents to read, share or use in the classroom.


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.