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 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 three independent 'expert' members to be engaged on a 2-year basis.


Member representing the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (Chair):
Mrs Jane Urquhart, Head of Division, Science and Commercialisation Policy, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

​Mrs Urquhart’s responsibilities include science policy development and implementation, management of governance issues for science agencies, liaison with the Office of the Chief Scientist, commercialisation policy and international science engagement. From 2010-13, Mrs Urquhart was General Manager of the Enterprise Connect programme.

Previously, Mrs Urquhart worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in roles covering Trade Liaison; West Europe; and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.  From 2004-2007, she was Australian Consul-General to New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna.  In 2002, she served as Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, having led the unarmed International Peace Monitoring Team in Solomon Islands in 2001, and served as Deputy High Commissioner in Honiara from 1998-2000. 

Mrs Urquhart has a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade and Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from the Australian National University.

Member representing New Zealand:
Dr Peter Crabtree, General Manager Science, Innovation and International, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

​Dr Peter Crabtree is the General Manager of Science, Innovation and International in at the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. He currently has responsibility for enterprise policy, science and innovation policy, international science partnerships, trade and regulatory cooperation, international strategy and leadership of the New Zealand Space Agency functions. 

Prior to this role, Peter was Deputy Chief Executive, System Strategy and Policy at the Ministry of Science and Innovation. Peter has also held other senior roles across the New Zealand public service with the Ministry of Economic Development and Ministry of Justice.

Peter has a PhD in natural resources management.

Member representing WA State Government:
Mr Chris Clarke, Executive Director Strategic Projects, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

​Chris Clark is responsible for providing a lead agency role for major strategic projects across the state, including the Square Kilometre Array project in the Mid-West of the state.

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

​Professor 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, Director, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science

​Dr Douglas Bock is an astrophysicist and and is the Director of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS). 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:
Dr Phil Edwards

​Dr. Edwards is the head of science operations at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science and CSIRO SKA Project Scientist. Phil has published over 180 refereed papers, with scientific interests including the radio properties of gamma-ray sources, giga-hertz peaked spectrum sources, and AGN surveys. He is currently a scientific editor for Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, and co-chair of the RadioAstron International Science Council.

Australian member of SEAC:
Professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths

​Professor Naomi 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

​Mr 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

​Mr 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).

​Expert Member:
Professor Steven Tingay

​John Curtin Distinguished Professor Steven Tingay is the Executive Director of the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) at Curtin University in Perth and leads the Curtin University node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (a Joint Venture with The University of Western Australia). He is an expert in astronomy and astrophysics, in particular radio astronomy. His areas of expertise encompass building and using radio telescopes, as well as astrophysical interpretation. Tingay likes designing challenging and novel experiments to answer fundamental questions about the Universe.

Prof. Tingay has been at Curtin University since 2007, when he founded CIRA (now with an ERA ranking of 5 in 'Astronomy and Space Sciences' and 'Electrical and Electronic Engineering'). Before 2007 Tingay was at Swinburne University of Technology, CSIRO, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. He has a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the Australian National University and an Honours degree in Physics from The University of Melbourne. Recently Tingay was on secondement in Italy for 18 months, as Director of the INAF Instituto di Radioastronomia in Bologna and Head of Section II of the INAF Science Directorate. Tingay was the Director of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) project, a precursor telescope for the Square Kilometre Array.

He has authored or co-authored over 200 papers in international refereed journals and has attracted over $80m of research funding.




Collapsed - Advisory, stakeholder groups and sub-committees

The Australian SKA Project Director coordinates a number of advisory and stakeholder groups and sub-committees. Such interaction achieves broad external consultation and assists in the successful execution of ANZSCC priorities. The Science Advisory Committee reports to the ANZSCC on scientific matters, whilst the Australasian 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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