Patricia Kelly has been Director General of IP Australia since December 2013. Prior to joining IP Australia, Patricia Kelly was a Deputy Secretary in Commonwealth departments responsible for industry and innovation from 2004 -2013. Patricia has had a public sector career spanning over thirty years. Her experience in other portfolios includes the Department of Social Security and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Patricia has served on a range of boards and committees, including the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (2004-2009) and the Co-operative Research Centres Committee (2004-2013). She chaired her department’s Audit Committee from 2006-2013. She was a member of the Council of the University of Technology Sydney (2006-2008), a member of the Review Panel of the National Innovation System (2008) and chaired the Management Advisory Committee Steering Committee to report on innovation in the Australian Public Service (2008-2009).
From 2007 Patricia worked closely with the research and higher education sector. She led Australia’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope and represented Australia on the Board of the International SKA Organisation (2012-2013). In 2015 she was asked to resume this role and is currently (in addition to her role at IP Australia) responsible for the SKA project team at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. She chairs the Australia-New Zealand SKA Co-ordination Committee.
She was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal in 2013 in acknowledgement of her efforts to secure Australia’s bid to host the SKA and to promote public sector innovation.
Patricia has a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in communication.