Mr Anthony Murfett is the Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency. Anthony reports to Dr Megan Clark AC and is responsible for performance of the organisation and has oversight of strategy, policy and operations.
Prior to this role, Anthony was the Minister Counsellor (Industry, Science and Education) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. Anthony's role was to develop and implement strategies to strengthen Australia's engagement with the industry and innovation, science, research and education systems in the US and Canada. Areas of focus include the space industry and policy, innovation ecosystems, the digital economy, and resources policy.
Previously, Anthony was the General Manager of the Growth Centres Branch within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. His key responsibility was advising the Australian Government on the policy, design and implementation of the Industry Growth Centres Initiative (a key program focused on lifting the competitiveness of growth sectors in Australia). Anthony has also been the General Manager of the Productivity and Competitiveness Branch and the Precincts and Coordination Branch. In these roles he was responsible for advising the Australian Government on matters such as sectoral policy, IP policy and strategic industry policy. He has also been responsible for Australia’s Cooperative Research Centres program, which is focused on supporting medium to long term industry-led research.
Anthony has also worked across a number of areas within the industry and innovation portfolios within the Australian Government. These include the Australian Research Council and IP Australia (Australian Patent Office).
Anthony is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He also has a background in biotechnology and immunology.