Space Coordination Office, Department of Industry
Category: Space Agency and Office
Member since: 2011
The Space Policy Unit was announced in the 2009-10 Budget as part of the Australian Government’s $48.6 million Australian Space Science Program.
The Unit was established on 1 July 2009 in the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research as part of the Australian Government’s response to the Senate Inquiry into the current state of Australia’s Space Science and Industry Sector. On 15 December 2011, the Unit became a part of the newly established Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.
The Unit provides high-quality advice to the Government on civil space matters and has responsibility for delivering the Australian Space Research Program. Since its inception, it has established contact mechanisms to fulfil its mandate as the central point of contact and coordination for all of Australia’s national and international civil space activities.
The Unit has also been given a mandate to bring forward a National Space Industry Policy for consideration by Government. The policy will be comprehensive and cover civil as well as defence matters. It will address how Australia uses space to tackle climate change, weather forecasting, natural resource management, forestry and agriculture, disaster management, national security.
The policy will focus on the three core areas of satellite communications, Earth observation and remote sensing, and position navigation and timing applications. It will also articulate Australia’s engagement and participation on the global stage.
Further information on the Australian Space Science program, including the work of the Unit, is available in the PowerPoint presentation which can be downloaded below.