Space Industry Development

In an environment of technological disruption and structural change, space has become a fast-growing and fiercely competitive commercial sector. The Australian Government has been undertaking activities, including the Review of Australia’s Space Industry Capability, that seek to better understand and support the development of Australia’s space industry.

Space Concession

The Space Concession programme provides duty-free entry of goods imported for use in a "space project", provided certain conditions are met. The main policy objective of the Item 41 concession is to increase the competitiveness of the space industry in Australia, while ensuring compliance with international obligations.

It is intended to facilitate the transfer to Australia of sophisticated space related technology and technical expertise. It is expected to be of significant benefit to companies proposing to establish and develop operations in the high technology, high value-added space sector in Australia.

Please visit business.gov.au for more information about the Programme.

Cooperative Research Centres

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme supports industry-led collaborations between researchers, industry and the community. The CRC Programme was established in 1990. Since then CRCs have developed important new technologies, products and services that help solve major economic, environmental and social challenges facing Australia.

There are currently two space-related CRCs:

  • CRC for Spatial Information – supports industry-led research collaboration in spatial information and Earth observation.
  • Space Environment Management CRC (managed by the Space Environment Research Centre) – strengthens Australia’s national capabilities in space situational awareness and management of space debris.

Industry Associations

The Australian space industry is represented by a number of industry associations. The following organisations may provide information, resources, programmes, training, networking opportunities and other services to help your business:

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