Key Highlights

Spectrum reform legislative proposals consultation

The Government, through the Department of Communications and the Arts, is seeking input on legislative proposals to improve the management and planning of spectrum in Australia.

In 2015 the Government agreed to implement the recommendations of the Spectrum Review. One of these recommendations was to replace the current legislative arrangements with new legislation that removed prescriptive process and streamlines licensing, for a simpler and more flexible framework.

The Government has released a Legislative Proposals Consultation Paper on its proposed approach to the Radiocommunications Bill 2016.

The Consultation period will run from 10 March to 29 April 2016.


The Asia-Pacific Space Agency Forum

The 22nd session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) was held in Bali, Indonesia on December 2 – 5 2015. The session was attended by 487 participants from 28 countries and 10 international organisations. A delegation from the department attended the forum on behalf of the Australian Government. The next session of APRSAF will be hosted by the Philippines in December 2016.


nbnTM successfully launches Sky Muster

nbnTM has successfully launched their Sky Muster satellite into orbit following lift-off from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana on 30 September 2015. Sky Muster is the first of two state-of-the-art NBN satellites that will provide high-speed broadband service to 400,000 Australian homes and businesses in rural and remote Australia.

The satellite launch was conducted in accordance with the Australian Government’s Space Activities Act 1998, which requires Ministerial approval for the launch of a space object from Australia or the launch of a space object by an Australian entity from an overseas location. 


Adelaide to host IAC 2017

On 3 October 2014, Adelaide was chosen as the venue for the International Astronautical Congress in September 2017 by the General Assembly of the International Astronautical Federation. The Congress is regarded as the world's most important annual interdisciplinary meeting for the space industry, bringing together an international delegation of around 3,000 people including space professionals, academics, major corporations, government representatives, students and the media.

Leading the Australian bid was the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) with key support from the South Australian Government and major sponsor, Lockheed Martin Corporation. The Australian Government through the Department of Industry and Science and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also supported the bid process.

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