Australian Civil Space

Australia’s ongoing social, environmental and economic well-being depends on the continued and cost effective access to satellite data.

  • Position, navigation and timing data is becoming increasingly central to personal navigation and planning, and the ongoing economic productivity and security of industry sectors such as transport, logistics, mining and agriculture.
  • Earth observation data help us understand weather predictions, droughts, forest fires, urban development, and future social planning needs.
  • Satellite communications technologies, including broadband, enable Australian citizens and companies to conduct essential business and access critical services such as emergency transport.

In advancing the development and use of space capabilities on which Australia relies, the Commonwealth supports and coordinates cross-portfolio civil space initiatives of national significance. The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science is responsible for Australian civil space activities and the department is the central point of contact and coordination for the Government’s involvement in national and international civil space activities.

The department also administers legislative arrangements for Australian civil space activities to ensure that these activities do not jeopardise national interests and Australia’s international obligations in space; and has responsibility for informing Government policies that provide the right conditions for entrepreneurs and businesses to innovate and capitalise on their space-related activities.

Contact us

Civil Space and Cyber Security, Department of Industry, Innovation & Science

GPO Box 9839


Phone: +61 2 6276 1166

Media enquires


Phone: +61 2 6213 6308 

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