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The following actions for growth will help to grow the Australia space manufacturing sector and help to address barriers to scale, build our capabilities, achieve our goals and deliver our vision.

Lifting space manufacturing capability

The government will target investment to assist manufacturers looking to expand their capability in the 4 phases, especially in 3 recommended areas of focus.

  1. The Australian Space Agency will finalise the National Civil Space Priority technology road maps. This will highlight further opportunities for Australian manufacturers to focus their capability development, including in emerging technology domains.
  2. Industry will investigate shared services facility options for assembling, integrating and testing small satellites in Australia.
  3. Primes and sub‑systems manufacturers will mentor, coach and support Australian OEMs, SMEs and startups from adjacent sectors to raise awareness of space‑relevant manufacturing capabilities.

Seizing opportunities in digital and cyber

Increased digital and cyber security capability and know‑how will help Australian manufacturers become more efficient, competitive, innovative, and secure. Action in this area will enable firms to meet strategic needs and government procurement opportunities, especially for Defence.

  1. Industry and government to target investment for capability improvements in digitised and data‑driven systems engineering, and in the configuration management and interoperability of platform‑based architectures.
  2. Industry and Government will work together to strengthen cyber security awareness and capabilities in the space manufacturing ecosystem. This aligns with the broader Government vision for advancing and protecting our national interests online, outlined in Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020. This will include applying the recommendations and actioning priorities identified in the AustCyber Sector Competitiveness Plan.

Communicating standards

Clarity around standards for space manufacturing helps industry implement licensing frameworks and education programs to ensure safety and quality in the area. Compliance with customer mandated standards and demonstrated space heritage will help Australian space manufacturers be globally competitive.

  1. Industry and government will identify, adopt as appropriate, and communicate clear standards and guidelines for space activities to encourage investment and inform education pathways. These will be shaped by international standards and guidelines to ensure Australian space manufacturers are developing products and services that align with globally recognised quality controls.
  2. Industry and government will co‑design industry licensing regimes to help with skills development, recruitment and on‑the‑job training.
  3. Primes will mentor, coach and support Australian based firms to raise awareness levels and compliance with quality and cleanliness standards.
  4. Industry and government will improve the identification and classification of space manufacturing activities.

Lifting space heritage

To meet necessary standards and expectations for procurement by downstream players, manufacturers need to test technology and build ‘space heritage’. Action in this area will increase competitiveness of Australian manufacturers’ components for procurement in Australia, or for international customers.

  1. Industry will develop a system for regularly capturing, assessing and reporting on Australian industry’s capabilities to manufacture subsystems and components for critical applications in space, such as for satellites.
  2. The Government will streamline access to opportunities in the space sector, including forming agreements with international space agencies and local launch companies when available.
  3. Industry and government will commit to developing higher supply chain TRL levels through the Modern Manufacturing Strategy and associated co‑funding processes, focusing on the TRL 4–8 gap.
  4. Industry and government will collaborate to highlight success stories in Australian space manufacturing, for example, through developing joint case studies and best‑practice scenarios.

Promoting sector diversification

A vibrant and diverse space manufacturing ecosystem will comprise firms ranging from SMEs to local and international primes. Building a sustainable ecosystem requires that SMEs receive mentorship from larger companies and government customers.

  1. Industry and government will ensure space manufacturers are aware of government initiatives or opportunities that can improve business management capability, support business growth (for example the Modern Manufacturing Fund and Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI), and space‑related government procurement), and reduce barriers to entry for startups and SMEs.
  2. Australian primes and government customers will work more closely with subsystem manufacturers and OEMs to ensure a shared understanding of TRLs and other customer expectations around space heritage, and create opportunities for TRL advancement.
  3. Industry and government will facilitate better connections between different industry players with space capability (for example between primes, OEMs and SMEs), including by hosting industry conferences and delivering connector activities.
  4. Industry will build partnerships between domestic and international companies that will allow domestic firms to quickly build their understanding of customer needs and desires, and develop their capabilities through technology and capability adoption.
  5. The Government will target initiatives towards groups of entities (clusters, hubs, regions) that are likely to be competitive and generate broader economic benefits.

Funding available

The Modern Manufacturing Initiative is now open for space manufacturing projects that meet eligibility under its Translation and Integration streams.

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