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Space funding and initiatives

Australia’s space projects and funding opportunities for businesses.

We provide grants to help Australian businesses and research organisations become involved with international space agencies or established programs.

G'day Moon

G’Day Moon is our first mission to the moon. Partnering with NASA, we will fly an Australian-made, semi-autonomous rover to the Moon. This is a key step towards establishing a sustainable human presence on the Moon, as well supporting future missions to Mars.

We’ve long been a land of explorers and adventurers travellers and trailblazers.

We’ve traversed all manner of terrains,chased the horizon in every direction, climbed higher, descended deeper, gone further, and still the quest continues.

There will always be more to explore. So where to from here? We say bring on the beyond, our boldest adventure yet. Australia, we’re going to the moon.

Opportunities for Australian businesses

Moon to Mars Initiative: Trailblazer program

The Trailblazer program is the flagship element of the Moon to Mars Initiative. It supports NASA’s space exploration program and their endeavours to return to the Moon and then go on to Mars.

The Trailblazer program will:

  • contribute flagship Australian space capability to an international space exploration program
  • leverage Australia’s competitive strengths in space and showcase Australian capabilities to the world.

Moon to Mars Initiative: Supply Chain Program

The Supply Chain Program funds projects that deliver products and services to space supply chains.

The Supply Chain Program consists of 2 elements:

  • Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grants: grants for Australian businesses to build capacity to deliver products and services into domestic and international space supply chains.
  • Supply Chain Facilitation: tenders to procure services to facilitate supply chain opportunities.

Moon to Mars Initiative: Demonstrator program

The Demonstrator program provides a pathway to develop and launch products into space, which will create new capability and build space heritage.

The program consists of 2 elements:

  • Demonstrator Feasibility Grants: grants to develop the feasibility of space projects and missions.
  • Demonstrator Mission Grants: grants for space activities at more advanced stages of mission development.

Australian small and medium-sized businesses will be able to access up to $10 million to help launch their products into space.

This fund is currently closed.

Space Infrastructure Fund

The Space Infrastructure Fund (SIF) invested $19.5 million into the growth of our space sector. It increased Australia’s space infrastructure and capabilities.

The SIF targeted 7 infrastructure projects around Australia:

  • space manufacturing facilities (New South Wales, $2 million)
  • mission control centre (South Australia, $6 million)
  • tracking facilities upgrade (Tasmania, $1.2 million)
  • robotics, automation and AI command and control (Western Australia, $4.5 million)
  • space payload qualification facilities (national, $2.5 million)
  • pathway to launch (national, $0.9 million).

International Space Investment initiative

The International Space Investment Initiative expansion will support collaborative projects between Australia and India.

The initiative provides $25 million for Australian companies and research organisations to work with:

  • the Indian Space Research Organisation
  • the Indian space sector.

Space funding news

Launching Australian businesses into space

The Australian Space Agency has opened the Moon to Mars Demonstrator Feasibility grants to help local businesses and researchers develop and launch products into space.

Moon to Mars initiative: Launching Australian industry to space

The Moon to Mars initiative is an inspiring program that is strengthening, growing and transforming the Australian space industry.