Last updated: 
9 June 2021

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.


Margaret Tregurtha, Deputy Director General, Policy and Corporate Division

Margaret Tregurtha is the Deputy Director-General, Policy and Corporate Division, IP Australia

Margaret has a long career in public service at both the State and Commonwealth levels. Prior to joining IP Australia, she was the A/g First Assistant Secretary of Legal and Compliance in the former Department of the Environment and Energy. Since 2008 Margaret has held senior executive roles across the Commonwealth Environment, Industry and Education portfolios, leading a range of legal, corporate, governance and regulatory functions. Margaret has also been a key contributor to several policy task forces and executive boards and has broad experience and a thorough understanding of public sector governance. 

Margaret has a Bachelor of Arts/Laws (Hons) and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University. Margaret is also a graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.


Paula Adamson, Deputy Director General, Customer Services Division

Paula Adamson is Deputy Director-General, Customer Services Division, IP Australia. In this role, Paula holds the Statutory positions of Commissioner of Patents and Registrar of Trade Marks, Designs, and Plant Breeder’s Rights.

Paula has held a range of senior positions across the public and private sectors. Paula has over 10 years of consulting experience, including senior positions at Guinane Consulting Group, Ernst and Young, and RSM Australia. Since 2016, Paula has held senior executive roles across the Australian Public Service, including as General Manager, Trade Marks and Designs Group at IP Australia, and as Deputy Coordinator, Critical Technologies Policy Coordination Office at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Paula holds a Masters in Management from the University of Canberra.