Last updated: 
28 April 2020

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.


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.