Last updated: 
30 January 2017

Michael Schwager, Director General

Michael commenced with IP Australia on 20 September 2018 as Director General.

Immediately prior Michael was Chief Operating Officer at Department of Industry, Innovation and Science for 3 years and acting COO at CSIRO from June to Sept 2018.

Michael has had a varied career across innovation, science and education policy, Michael has been responsible for:

  • implementing innovation programs, including the $3B R&D tax incentive
  • developing med-tech, pharma-bio, small business and industry policy
  • foreign investment attraction into Australian high tech industries
  • trade and multilateral negotiations in food, agriculture and energy.

From 2012 to 2015 Michael was based in the Washington DC Embassy as Minister Counsellor (Industry, Science and Education). He spent five years in Parliament House as a researcher and speechwriter, and two years as an auditor for a large multinational accounting firm.


Terry Moore, Deputy Director General, Policy and Corporate Division

Terry Moore is the Deputy Director General, Policy and Corporate Division at IP Australia.

Terry’s previous role was General Manager, Business Facilitation & Food Policy in the Industry Growth Division at DIIS. Terry worked at IP Australia for 18 years until mid-2015, in roles ranging from patent examiner to Director Domestic Policy and A/g GM of the Policy and Governance Group.

Terry has 14 years’ experience in various leadership roles at IP Australia and DIIS. Prior to joining IP Australia, Terry worked in the biotechnology research sector at universities in Australia, Sweden and Canada and for a private Biotechnology Company in Sydney. Terry holds a Bachelor of Science from the ANU, Master of Science from the University of Western Ontario, and Executive Masters of Public Administration from ANZSOG.

Frances Roden, Deputy Director General, IP Rights Division

Frances (Fran) Roden is the Deputy Director General, IP Rights Division of IP Australia.

Fran moved from academia to join the Australian Public Service as a patent examiner in 1996. She has held a number of policy and governance roles which include, three years in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, a secondment to the Australian Public Service Commission to work on IP Australia’s Capability Review in 2013, establishing IP Australia’s new Governance Secretariat team, and Director of IP Australia’s domestic policy section. She has also spent 18 months working with a former Parliamentary Secretary as the Department’s Liaison Officer. More recently Fran was General Manager of IP Australia’s Policy and Governance Group where she was responsible for implementing legislative changes, international IP policy and trade agreements, attorney registration and economic research.

Fran has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and PhD in organic chemistry, from Bristol University, England.