Civil Space Coordination

The Australian Government has established the Australian Space Agency to help ensure that the operating environment for the Australian space industry is conducive to innovation and equipped to build on its niche industry capabilities and strategically develop new commercial opportunities to compete in the global space economy.   

Previously, activities supporting these goals were administered by a range of Government agencies, with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science being the central point of contact and coordination for the Government’s involvement in national and international civil space activities.

The Agency will take on the role of coordinating government agencies that are high users of space-derived information for weather forecasting, land management, emergency services, transport safety, and border protection.

Space Coordination Diagram 

Space Coordination Committee

The Australian Government Space Coordination Committee provides a forum to coordinate the Government’s involvement in civil space activities. The Committee is chaired by the department and is comprised of government agencies with initiatives and programmes that have a civil space component:

  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science: central point of contact and coordination for Australian civil space activities and international engagement.
  • Department of Defence: civil space activities that overlap with defence-related issues in space.
  • Geoscience Australia: position, navigation and timing, and Earth observation.
  • Bureau of Meteorology: space weather and Earth observation.
  • CSIRO: space science and research and Earth observation.
  • Department of Communications and the Arts: satellite communication and spectrum management.
  • Australian Communications and Media Authority: spectrum management.
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: engagement on space-related international security issues.
  • Attorney-general’s Department: critical infrastructure policy.
  • Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development: positioning, navigation and timing as it relates to the transport sector.
  • Department of the Environment and Energy: Earth observation as it relates to environmental management.
  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources: Positioning, navigation and timing, and Earth observation as it relates to agricultural production systems.

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Treasury have observer status on the Committee.​

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