Australian-New Zealand SKA Coordination Committee

The purpose of the Australia-New Zealand SKA Coordination Committee (ANZSCC) is to coordinate, support and advise Australian and New Zealand Government involvement in the development and construction of the SKA. It seeks to ensure the project is positioned to construct the telescope from 2018 and to maximise the return to Australia and New Zealand from their participation in this global mega-science project.

The ANZSCC also provides a mechanism through which the governments can consult with various groups of stakeholders as well as SKA Members on matters that require an Australian/New Zealand position.

Collapsed - Strategic Objectives

The strategic objective of the ANZSCC is to support the development and construction of the SKA and maximise the benefits to Australia and New Zealand through:

1. Governance - maintaining robust governance arrangements between national and international project partners.

2. Site Delivery & Protection - ensuring the readiness of an Australian site, with relevant infrastructure and adequate radio-quiet protection, on a timescale appropriate for SKA construction.

3. Project Design, Funding & Implementation - contributing to the international design and implementation of the SKA project to position the project to undertake construction in the latter half of this decade.

4. Accrued Benefits - maximising the benefit to Australia, Western Australia and New Zealand from their respective investments in the SKA by providing policy frameworks that foster innovation and participation, and ensuring public communication of these benefits.

ANZSCC membership

The membership of the ANZSCC is reflective of the domestic SKA project partners and has recently been expanded to strengthen the Committee's ties with scientific communities.

The ANZSCC comprises: one permanent member from each of the three collaborating governments (Australia, New Zealand, Western Australia); a representative from both ICRAR and CSIRO; the Chair of the ANZSCC’s Science Advisory Committee; Australian member of the SKA Organisation’s Science and Engineering Advisory Committee; and up to two independent “expert” members to be engaged on a 2-year basis.

Collapsed - Current membership

Member representing Australian Government and Board director:
Ms Patricia Kelly, Director-General, IP Australia, Department of Industry and Science

Hoffman.jpgMs Patricia Kelly is currently the Director-General of IP Australia, the Australian Government agency that administers intellectual property (IP) rights and legislation relating to patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights.

Patricia Kelly was previously a Deputy Secretary within the Department of Industry where she was responsible for the SKA Project.




Member representing New Zealand Government:
Dr Kjesten Wiig, Project Director, SKA New Zealand

Wiig.jpgDr Wiig is the New Zealand SKA project director and works for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as National Manager for Commercialisation.

Prior to working at the Ministry, she spent over 15 years working in the competitive drug development industry in the United States.  She was heavily involved in the start-up and development of two bio-pharmaceutical firms where she was Director of Neuropharmacology.





Member representing WA State Government:
Ms Fiona Roche, Executive Director, Office of Science, Department of Premier and Cabinet 

FionaRoche.PNGFiona Roche, a well-respected and experienced public sector executive, has been appointed permanently to the Executive Director of the Office of Science role.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Master of Commerce, and has previously lectured at Curtin University. Fiona has a long history of working in the government sector, particularly in central agencies with a policy coordination role. She has previously worked in senior roles in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, so her move to Science is a return to the department. Fiona’s recent background has involved a focus on governance, integrity and diversity. Her most recent role has been working with the Public Sector Commissioner, Mal Wauchope, as one of his Deputy Commissioners.


Member representing ICRAR (Deputy Chair):
Professor Peter Quinn, Executive Director, ICRAR 

PQuinn.jpgProfessor Peter Quinn is Executive Director of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), a key player in the SKA for Australia.

Prof Quinn has previously worked at the California Institute of Technology, the NASA Space Telescope Science Institute and was head of the Data Management and Operations Division at the European Southern Observatory. In December 2005, he was awarded a Western Australian Premier's Fellowship and took on the position of Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Western Australia in 2006.

Prof Quinn received his BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Wollongong in 1978 and his PhD in 1982 from the Australian National University. He is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and was awarded the 'Western Australian Scientist of the Year' in 2012.


Member representing CSIRO:
Dr Douglas Bock, Acting Director, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science

Dr Douglas Bock is an astrophysicist and and has been Acting Director of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) since March 2016.  CASS plays a crucial role in the SKA for Australia, as well as being responsible for CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) and the management of the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex.

Dr Bock most recently was the Program Director of ATNF Operations, a role he held since January 2010. His previous positions include Project Manager and then Assistant Director – Operations roles for the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA) at the University of California, Berkley from 2004 to 2009.

Dr Bock has a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Engineering and a PhD from the University of Sydney. Dr Bock has published over 50 articles in refereed journals, books and conference proceedings and is a member of the Astronomical Society of Australia, the American Astronomical Society, and the International Astronomical Union.



Science Advisory Committee Chair:
Professor Carole Jackson

CJackson.jpgAs chair of the Science Advisory Council of the ANZSCC, Professor Jackson ensures that the SAC provides considered and timely advice on scientific matters raised by ANZSCC. The SAC also consults with the wider Australian astronomical community to develop a broad and well-prepared future user base which we anticipate includes a number of SKA KSP leaders. 

Professor Jackson also leads astrophysics research at the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy, leading a team exploiting data from the Murchison Widefield Array.  She was recently SKA technologies leader at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science where she managed the delivery of the 36 dish antennas for the Australian SKA Pathfinder. 

Professor Jackson has a BA (Hons) in Natural Science and PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Cambridge and has authored more than 85 scientific papers. She is a Fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the Astronomy Society of Australia.


Australian member of SEAC:
Dr Naomi McClure-Griffiths 

NMG.pngProf McClure-Griffiths is a member of the international SKA Organisation’s Science and Engineering Advisory Committee (SEAC). Her membership in the ANZSCC helps to ensure a consistency and transparency of messages between the two bodies.

Prof McClure-Griffiths is an astronomer at the Australian National University and co-leader of two survey science projects with the Australian SKA Pathfinder.  She has used radio telescopes in Australia and overseas to make discoveries and provide insights into the Milky Way, for which she was awarded the Prime Minister’s Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year in 2006 and the Academy of Science 2015 Pawsey Medal.  She has held positions at CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science, including OCE Science Leader and Head of National Facility Science for the Australia Telescope National Facility.  

Prof McClure-Griffiths completed her PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, USA and her undergraduate in Physics at Oberlin College in Oberlin, USA.


Expert Member: Mr Trevor Danos AM

T-Danos.pngMr Danos has over 30 years’ experience as a lawyer, specialising in domestic and international corporate and project finance, as well as procurement and governance.

Mr Danos brings to the ANZSCC an acute understanding of industry needs, expectations and limitations as well as commercial and government relationships.  He has a passion for science. He is Chair of the Dean of Science’s Advisory Council at the University of New South Wales, a Past President of the Science Foundation for Physics at the University of Sydney and is a board member of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, TransGrid and Sydney Local Health District.  He has degrees in Law, Economics and Science. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2014. 


Expert Member: Mr Mark McAuley

McAuley.jpgMr Mark McAuley has spent thirteen years working with astronomers to secure funding for research infrastructure, execute projects and communicate with stakeholders. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Astronomy Australia Limited. Previously he was the Executive Officer of the CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility and Education Officer of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. He has also worked in the private sector, including six years within the R&D division of a computer-aided engineering firm.

Mr McAuley holds a BSc (Hons) in Astrophysics (Cardiff), an MBA (Notre Dame Australia) and an MA in Ancient History (Macquarie).





Collapsed - Advisory, stakeholder groups and sub-committees

The Australian SKA Project Director coordinates a number of advisory or stakeholder groups and sub-committees which achieve broad external consultation and assist in the successful execution of ANZSCC priorities. The Science Advisory Committee reports to the ANZSCC on scientific matters, whilst the Australian SKA Industry Cluster and the Regional Stakeholders Group provide an avenue for stakeholders to keep engaged with the SKA project.

Sub-committees are also established as required to execute particular bodies of work. The Site Establishment Sub-committee manages issues such as radio quiet protection, environmental impact, and native land title. The Communications and Stakeholder Sub-committee keeps various groups of stakeholders, as well as the general public, updated on the progress of the SKA project and related activities in Australia. The recently established International Treaty Organisation Negotiations Sub-committee deals with issues arising from the negotiations within the international SKA Organisation




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