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Interim CEO Appointed.

UniSA is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Brett Biddington AM as the Interim CEO of the bid for a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) with the title AI for Life.


Brett has served as an independent director on CRCs and helped to establish the Cyber Security CRC and the Space Environment Research Centre (SERC) CRC as well.


In 2010 Brett established a consulting company in Canberra that specialised initially in space and cyber security matters from policy, advocacy, and national capacity development perspectives, including in education. More recently, he has investigated the transformational potential of AI technologies and has helped several companies working in this area to achieve business success.


Presently, he sits on several advisory boards and committees concerned with the governance of Australia’s space and astronomy activities, including the Australian Research Council Plants for Space Centre of Excellence. He has a deep interest in STEM education and chairs the Advisory Board of the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC) which is an exemplar specialist math’s-science centre in Melbourne. See:

In mid-2023, he completed a term as a member of National Committee for Space and Radio Science of the Australian Academy of Science where he helped to prepare the Decadal Plan for Space Science that was released early in 2022.

He holds an Adjunct Professorial appointment in the Security Research Institute at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia.

In June 2012 he was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the Australian space sector.



Biddington said on appointment to the role of Interim CEO, “AI technologies present opportunities and challenges to individuals, organisations, governments, and society at large. Our educational systems are front and center in equipping all of us to make best use of the potential these new technologies offer.”

About the AI for Life CRC

AI for LIFE CRC will empower citizens for a life with AI. It will ensure Australia’s current and future workforce have the required AI skills and competencies to excel in an AI-based society by developing research informed safe, equitable and ethical AI education products, services, and curriculum. Achieving this goal will provide the workforce capability and capacity required to support Government’s economic priorities in turn continuing to advance the quality of life for all Australians.



Dr Biddington is available for interview on request.

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