Phase 1 (2018-2019): Setting conditions for growth

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Delivered by the Australian Space Agency and Geoscience Australia through the $300 million space package announced in the 2018–19 Budget.


  • Development of international partnerships, for example with France, Canada, UK, UAE and discussions commenced with the US and the European Space Agency (ESA).
  • Leverage the strengths of Austrade’s international and national networks with the space sector.


  • Develop statements of strategic intent with national and international industry partners.
  • Invest in two of the seven national civil space priorities – Position, navigation and timing (SBAS and NPIC) and Earth observation (DEA) through Geoscience Australia.
  • Fund space activities through the CSIRO.
  • Data and research collaborations realised through this Strategy will be supported by Australia’s world-class national research infrastructure facilities, including Australia’s higher performance computing capabilities at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Perth and the National Computational Infrastructure in Canberra. Proximity of the global Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and the Pawsey facility to New Norcia allows deepening of international partnerships in science research and deep space mission data. These collaborations will continue across Phase 2 and 3.


  • Amend the Space Activities Act 1998.
  • Engage as whole-of-government on space.
  • Support engagement with the United Nations through the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).


  • Engage with the Australian community.