Last updated: 
30 January 2017

Patricia Kelly PSM – Director General


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.


Frances Roden, Deputy Director General


Frances (Fran) Roden is the Deputy Director General of the IP Rights Division at IP Australia. Her responsibilities include the statutory roles of Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade Marks, Designs and Plant Breeder’s Rights.

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.


Deborah Anton, Deputy Director General


Deborah Anton joined IP Australia in September 2015 from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science where she was a Division Head in AusIndustry.  She is responsible for the Policy Group and all the corporate functions, as such she fulfils the function of Chief Operations Officer. 

Deborah has held Senior Executive roles in the following portfolio’s - Education, Industry and Attorney-General’s covering both policy and programme delivery.   Most recently she was responsible for the design and implementation of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme. 

Deborah’s academic qualifications include  a Masters of Management (Industry Strategy),  Bachelor of Science (Hons) both from the Australian National University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.