Australian Space Agency

 

On 8 May 2018, as part of the 2018-19 Budget, the Australian Government announced the establishment of an Australian Space Agency with ongoing funding starting at $26 million over the next four years. The Agency will also be able to draw on a pool of $15 million, from 2019-20, to invest in specific international space projects which are considered to be beneficial to Australia.

On 14 May 2018, the Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash released the Report on the Review of Australia’s Space Industry Capability and announced the Australian Government Response to the Review’s Report. Minister Cash also announced the appointment of Dr Megan Clark AC as the interim Head of the Australian Space Agency.

The Australian Space Agency will commence operations on 1 July 2018.

The Agency will have four core responsibilities:

  • support the development of Australia’s space industry so that it can compete effectively in the global space sector
  • coordinate domestic activities in Australia’s space sector
  • engage closely with key stakeholders, including state and territory governments, to identify opportunities to harness industry advantages and create a globally competitive space industry in Australia
  • facilitate international space engagement, both in policy and industry forums, to build the networks needed to develop Australia’s space capability and ensure our industry players can access global supply chains.

The Agency will also administer legislative arrangements for Australian civil space activities, ensuring that these activities are in Australia’s national interests and align to our international obligations in space.

Review of Australia’s space industry capability

A review of Australia’s space industry capability was completed in early 2018 with the review handing down its report to Government on 29 March 2018.

Contact us

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

GPO Box 9839
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Email: space@industry.gov.au

Phone: +61 2 6276 1166

Media enquires

Email: media@industry.gov.au

Phone: +61 2 6213 6308

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