Momentum Grows for an Australian Space Agency


The push for establishing an Australian Space Agency continues to intensify. Ahead of Australia hosting one of the largest space industry events, The International Astronautical Congress, the Australian Government is calling on ideas for how to evolve the nation’s space industry.

The Australian Government yesterday launched a consultation process seeking broad input on Australia’s space industry capability. The consultation process has already opened and government bodies and industry have already responded in kind. The national Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Arthur Sinodinos, announced the consultation plan yesterday, which invites views from across the spectrum of industry, government and the wider community.

The Expert Reference Group’s document, The Issues Paper, provides the basis for an engagement on the key challenges and opportunities for Australia’s space industry. The consultation process supports the review of Australia’s space industry capability, which is being undertaken by an Expert Reference Group, chaired by Dr Megan Clark AO.

The very same day the new consultation was announced, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory immediately responded by submitted their own input. The two states effectively joined forces to lobby for the establishment of an Australian Space Agency.

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