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Space technologies are helping Australia transition to an innovative, digital economy.

In an environment of technological disruption and structural change, space has become a fast-growing and fiercely competitive commercial sector. We’ve been working to better understand and coordinate the operating environment for Australia’s space industry and prepare it for future needs:

Space Coordination Committee

The Agency is the chair of the Space Coordination Committee. We are the central point of contact and coordinate international and domestic space activities that involve the government.

Through the Committee the government ensures that space activities do not jeopardise:

  • public safety
  • property
  • the environment
  • Australia’s national security
  • foreign policy or international obligations

Industry joint statements

Statements of Strategic Intent and Cooperation (SSI) promote considered investment by industry into the space sector. A SSI is a non-binding joint statement between the Agency and a commercial organisation operating in Australia. We invite the following commercial organisations to talk to us:

  • Organisations operating in the traditional space sector
  • Goods and services providers who view space as a potential new market
  • Organisations in the broader economy that use space technologies as a key part of their business model. Such as space technologies to support agriculture, or remote asset management.

We are guided by the OECD definition of the space economy in considering Australia’s space sector.

A SSI constitutes the expression of both parties’ intention to grow the space sector. It does not establish any obligation, financial or otherwise, to enter into an agreement. A SSI also does not confer any privileges or status by the Agency on the organisation.

We invite industry to outline their intent to help support our goal to triple the size of the Australian space economy, and increase employment. This may be through direct investment in facilities, people, and research and development.

A commercial organisation may consider developing an SSI with the Agency if all the following conditions are met:

  • The organisation is Australian, or an Australian subsidiary of an international organisation commercially operating in Australia; 
  • The organisation has activities that align with the Agency’s priority areas and/or strategic pillars as outlined in Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028;
  • The investments and activities included in the SSI align with the Agency’s investment principles as outlined in Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028;
  • The organisation has identified and quantified the investments it will make in Australia that will contribute to the growth of the Australian space industry and lift the broader economy;
  • The business practices associated with the proposed investments align with the Agency values (refer to the Strategy above) – and do not violate human rights or Australian laws.

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State and territory cooperation

The Agency has entered into Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) with Australian states and territories. These MoUs identify areas of cooperation in space:

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Last updated: 30 March 2020

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