We have established a collaborative and cohesive structure to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of the Centre’s Strategic Goals and on meeting our Key Performance Indicators.

Our Structure

Advisory Boards

Two proactive and engaged external Advisory Boards will meet at least annually from early 2018 to provide support and advice to the Director and Executive Committee on the effectiveness of the Centre in reaching its scientific, technical, and education/outreach goals.

International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board will focus on the effectiveness of the Centre in reaching its international goals and ensuring the Centre is known as a world-leading scientific research body. It will identify opportunities for international collaboration and innovation, provide feedback on the international competitiveness of the Centre, provide support in benchmarking against comparative centres around the world and contribute to the development of the Centre’s strategic direction.

The Chair of the International Advisory Board is:

Professor Tim De Zeeuw, Professor of Theoretical Astronomy at Leiden University and former Director General of the European Southern Observatory.

Board members include:

Professor Meg Urry, Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Director, Yale Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics; President, American Astronomical Society

Dr Linda Tacconi, Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics

Professor Lars Hernquist, Mallinckrodt Professor of Astrophysics, Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics

Professor Garth Illingworth, Professor, University of California Santa Cruz


National Advisory Board

The National Advisory Board will focus on the effectiveness of the Centre in training the next generation of scientists, implementing public outreach programs and the strategic management of the Centre.  Its role is to provide advice on the Centre’s progress towards achievement of the Government’s National Science and Innovation Agenda, advise on the development and delivery of education and outreach programs, and identify opportunities for further scientific collaboration and engagement with industry and government.

The Chair of the National Advisory Board is:

Dr Rob Vertessy, former Director of the Bureau of Meteorology.

Board members include:

Dr Sue Barrell, Chief Scientist and Group Executive, Science and Innovation, Bureau of Meteorology

Sylvan Browne, Partner, FB Rice Law

Dr Bobby Cerini, Director of Science and Learning, Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre

Dr Tanya Hill, Senior Curator, Melbourne Planetarium

Professor Joan Leach, Director, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science

Sue Weston, Deputy Secretary Department of Industry, Innovation and Science



Executive Management Committee

The Executive Management Committee works collaboratively to oversee day to day operations, including financial and risk management, the development of the strategic plan and monitoring performance against agreed outcomes.  All Collaborating Universities are represented on the Committee, which is comprised of:

  • the Centre Director;
  • the Centre Deputy Director;
  • the Node Leaders at each collaborating university; and
  • The Chief Operating Officer.

Science Management Committee

The Science Management Committee concentrates the Centre’s extensive science survey management expertise and is tasked with:

  • ensuring that ASTRO 3D meets its science goals;
  • driving the translation of ASTRO 3D science into maximum measurable outcomes; and
  • maintaining focus on training and supporting ECRs to lead Australia’s future science programs on the next generation telescopes.

Membership of the Committee ensures that all scientific areas of the Centre are represented and includes:

  • two Theme Leaders;
  • two Thread Leaders;
  • a collaboration leader; and
  • two key Chief Investigators.

Equity and Diversity Committee

The Centre is committed, in the pursuit of its objectives, to equality of opportunity and to a pro-active and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture and values diversity. The role of the Equity and Diversity Committee is to establish goals, provide advice and take action to ensure the Centre meets these objectives.

Membership of the Committee includes a broad cross-section of individuals from different levels, nodes, genders and nationalities within the Centre, a representative from CSIRO and the AAO and one independent member from within the astronomical community.

Other Committees

A number of other Committees will be formed in early 2018 to support the work of the Centre and its people. These include:

  • Education and Outreach Committee
  • Intellectual Property Committee
  • Post-Doctoral Committee
  • Student Committee