Review of Australia's Space Industry Capability

Announcement of an Australian space agency

On 25 September, the Australian Government announced its intention to establish an Australian space agency. This announcement was guided by input for the review of Australia’s space industry capability. The agency will provide international representation, support to critical partnerships, coordination of a national strategy and activities and support for industry growth.

The review will be providing advice to government on the drafting of a Charter for the space agency in addition to completing its final strategy.

Review of Australia’s Space Industry Capability

On 13 July 2017, the Australian Government announced a review of Australia’s space industry capability to enable our nation to capitalise on the increasing opportunities within the global space industry sector. The review is being led by an Expert Reference Group (ERG), chaired by Dr Megan Clark AC.

The Terms of Reference for the review of Australia’s space industry capability are available here:

On 3 August 2017, the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO announced the start of the consultation process for the review. He also launched the issues paper prepared by the ERG, to support discussion:

Written submissions to the review closed on 29 August 2017 with over 180 submissions received. Submissions have been made available on Consultation Hub - Australia’s space industry capability, where consent was given to publish .

The formal consultation process concluded on 13 September 2017. This process involved roundtable meetings held in each capital city, discussions with State and Territory Governments, and meetings with stakeholder groups. Over 400 people were involved in these consultations.

The ERG consulted widely to examine Australia’s current capability and areas of comparative advantage, as well as Australia’s regional and international engagement within the sector; and how the space industry sector aligns with other sectors and government priorities.

To support the review and the work of the ERG, the department has commissioned three reports prepared. The reports cover the Australian space industry and global space industry landscapes.

*Word version of this report will be made available as soon as possible.

The review is currently considering the information gathered through the consultation process and will be providing a final strategy to government in March 2018.

For queries on the consultation or the review, or to register for updates, please email space@industry.gov.au.

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