Australian Space Agency
Member since: 2011
The Australian Government established the Australian Space Agency (the Agency) as an ongoing entity on 1 July 2018 to effect long-term transformation and growth of Australia’s space industry.
The Agency is working to transform and grow a globally respected Australian space industry to lift the broader economy, and inspire and improve the lives of Australians.
Space offers huge economic and job opportunities, with new technologies also improving life here on Earth. Inspiring the next generation to take up STEM activities, grow career pathways and collaborate across industry, government and academia fuels our goal to triple the size of Australia’s space industry to $12 million dollars and create up to 20,000 new Australian jobs by 2030.
The Agency is the front door for Australia’s international engagement on civil space and operates as the national priority setting mechanism for the civil space sector. The Agency ensures that Australia’s civil space activities contribute to productivity and employment across the Australian economy, secure new knowledge and capability, and inspire all Australians.
The Agency is responsible for whole-of-government coordination of civil space matters and is the primary source of advice to the Australian Government on civil space policy. Under this broad mandate, the Agency has six primary responsibilities:
- Providing national policy and strategic advice on civil space sector
- Coordinating Australia’s domestic civil space sector activities.
- Supporting the growth of Australia’s space industry and the use of space across the broader economy.
- Leading international civil space engagement.
- Administering space activities legislation and delivering on our international obligations.
- Inspiring the Australian community and the next generation of space entrepreneurs
To help grow the economy, the Agency will focus on areas of advantage for Australia including:
- Communication technologies and ground stations
- Space situational awareness
- Earth Observations
- Position, Navigation and Timing (e.g. GPS)
- Remote asset management
- R&D and leapfrog technologies
- Future areas like space medicine and space service