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.

The Government received the review’s report on 29 March 2018. The report has now been reviewed by Government.

On 14 May 2018, the Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash announced the Australian Government response to the review.

For queries on the consultation or the review, or to register for updates, please email​

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