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About the SIAA


What is the Role of SIAA?

The Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) is a nationwide organisation formed to promote the growth of the Australian space sector. By formulating national policies and strategies, SIAA speaks with authority and credibility on behalf of its members on issues connected with the development of the Australian space industry.

What services does SIAA provide?

SIAA takes a leading role in advising government on behalf of the space industry. Through a program of meetings and other communications, SIAA consults with its members to devise policies to support the development of the Australian space industry and is active in promoting commercial, industrial and research opportunities for its members nationally and internationally.

The SIAA also runs a Space Industry Development Grants Program in April and October each year, providing up grants of up to $2,500 to support the organisation and delivery of industry-related events including, but not limited to, conferences, workshops, seminars and other meetings, and offering one-off competitive grants of up to $2,000 to support special space-related projects and activities.

What is the scope of the Australian Space Industry?

The space industry in Australia consists of individuals and organisations involved in the provision and use of space related technologies or services. These technologies and services include the following:

  • Telecommunications
  • Remote Sensing
  • Environmental monitoring and meteorology
  • Satellite development
  • Satellite components and sub-systems
  • Ground systems for space technology
  • Global Positioning
  • Space Science
  • Space Education
  • Professional services to support the above (legal, financial, insurance etc)

SIAA Advisory Council

The SIAA Board is supported by an Advisory Council, comprised of up to 20 members.

The role of the Advisory Council is to provide high level advice to the SIAA Board on a range of space industry issues. The Advisory Council:

  • will act in an advisory capacity only,
  • will have power to consider matters referred to it by the Board, and matters initiated on its own motion. Matter(s) raised by (or through) an AC member for discussion will first be put to the AC Chair for validation as a matter appropriate and relevant for tabling and addressing by the AC (such matters may be addressed at a regular AC meeting, or out-of-sessions),
  • must comply with any Policies made by the Board, and
  • will conduct its meetings on the basis of one vote for each member of the Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is currently represented by the following members:

  • Mr Bill Barrett
  • Mr Duncan Blake
  • Ms Jackie Carpenter
  • Mr Milorad Cerovac
  • Dr Phil Crosby (chair)
  • Prof Andrew Dempster
  • Mr Roger Franzen
  • Mr James Gilmour
  • Mr Kirby Ikin
  • Mr Jeff Kasparian
  • Prof Andy Koronios
  • Dr Tim Parsons
  • Mr Conrad Pires
  • Ms Carley Scott
  • Prof Craig Smith
  • Mr Clint Verhagen
  • Mr Stephen Ward
  • Mr Shaun Wilson

Members of the SIAA Board of Directors

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Rod Drury

Lockheed Martin Australia
Chair of the Board


Rod Drury is the Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand for Lockheed Martin Space. In this role Rod, is responsible for the strategy, growth and execution of all LM Space activities in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, Rod spent eleven years with the Boeing Corporation and 20 years with the Royal Australian Air Force. He is the Chair of the Board of the Space Industry Association of Australia and a member of the South Australian Space Council. Rod has been awarded a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland, a Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of New South Wales and a Diploma in Company Directorship from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Dr Alice Gorman

Flinders University
Deputy Chair


Dr Alice Gorman is an internationally recognised leader in the emerging field of space archaeology. Her research on space exploration has been featured in National Geographic, the Monocle, and Archaeology magazine. She is a faculty member of the International Space University's Southern Hemisphere Space Program in Adelaide.

She has worked extensively in Indigenous heritage management, providing advice for mining industry, urban development, government departments, local councils and Native Title groups in NSW, WA, SA and Queensland. She is also a specialist in stone tool analysis, and the Aboriginal use of bottle glass after European settlement.

Alice is a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and a Councillor of the Anthropological Society of South Australia. She tweets as @drspacejunk.

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David Ball

Space Environment Research Centre
Deputy Chair and Treasurer


David is the CEO of the Space Environment Research Centre and is the Deputy Chair and Treasurer SIAA. David has over 25 years of experience in the communications and defence sectors with a significant portion of his career spent specialising in satellite communications. David has held senior positions with several commercial satellite communications operators, including Intelsat and PanAmSat, with roles encompassing sales management, business development, spacecraft engineering and space systems development / acquisition. David also led communications projects for the Australian Department of Defence (through Envista Pty Ltd) during 2016 and 2017. David holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Communications Engineering) and a Graduate Diploma in Business Management.

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Prof Melissa de Zwart

The University of Adelaide
Board Member


Melissa has a keen interest in the intersection between law and technology. Prior to joining academia, she was the Manager, Legal Services, CSIRO, where she advised on protection and commercialisation of technology. Her areas of research focus primarily on digital technology, as it interacts with culture, human behaviour and new areas of innovation. She has published widely on copyright, social media, surveillance, popular culture, the internet and outer space. She is Co-Editor of the Woomera Manual on the International Law Applicable to Military Space Operations and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. In 2015 she was the Team Leader of the AdelaideX Cyberwar, Surveillance and Security MOOC which has attracted over 40,000 students globally.

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Julia Mitchell

Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information
Board Member


Julia is a space nut, whose interest led her to study a combined Bachelor of Science (Physics) and Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) (Hons.). After working in the aviation industry for a few years, she decided that five years of study had not satisfied her curiosity for space and she moved overseas to study a Master of Science in Astronautics and Space Engineering at Cranfield University. Outside of work, Julia loves cooking, watching rocket launches with her dog (including the GovSat-1 satellite, which she worked on prior to this role) and pushing herself in Coaching Zone. Julia enjoys learning more about space and the downstream users through her role as the SBAS Test-bed Program Manager.

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Nicola Sasanelli

South Australian Space Industry Centre
Board Member


Nicola Sasanelli joined Defence SA in April 2016 as Director of the Space Industry and R&D Collaborations project.

In September 2017 the South Australian Space Industry Centre was created, with Nicola as Director. His focus is to support space industry growth and increase international R&D collaborations in South Australia’s space sector.

In 2018, Nicola was appointed Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia - Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment and he was appointed on the board of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA).

Nicola graduated from the University of Bari, Italy in 1987 with a degree in Electronic Engineering. He went on to work as a researcher in microelectronics high-reliability components at Tecnopolis S&T Park, Bari before being appointed as Scientific Attaché at the Embassy of Italy in Canberra from 2001 to 2008.

He became an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia.

Nicola’s main passion, outside of his interest in space, is painting.

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Mark Ramsey

Sitael Australia
Board Member


Mark Ramsey is the General Manager for Sitael Australia, a subsidiary of Italian small satellite manufacturer Sitael. Mark is a Space industry professional with over 15 years’ experience in a diverse range of technical and leadership roles, including roles at Thales Alenia Space, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and NewSat. Mark graduated from Adelaide University with a Bachelor of Engineering and Diploma of Languages in 2003, and is currently studying a Masters of Business Administration at the University of South Australia. Mark is on the Space Industry Association of Australia board, is the former chair of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Adelaide Section.

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