Initiatives and services


Australian SKA Fellowships Programme

The Australian SKA Fellowships Programme establishes stronger links between Australian organisations and the SKA Observatory.

Australian Space Agency

We’re a non-statutory entity located within the department, and headquartered in Adelaide.

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.

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: 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.

Optical astronomy in Australia

We are transforming Australia’s optical astronomy sector.
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).

The SKA project in Australia

The SKA is a global project to build the world’s largest and most capable radio telescopes. They will be hosted in Australia and South Africa.