Space is an important industry for the future social and economic prosperity of Australia – and the geography and demographics of Australia make it particularly well suited to the utilisation of space based technologies. More than 450 Australian organisations are conducting space-related activity, and currently employ over 4,000 scientists, engineers, policy makers and support personnel. The Space Sector is said to generate up to $1.6 billion in revenue, every year.
Space related businesses have and continue to make significant contributions to Australia’s economy, security and skill-base as well as Australia’s employment sector. Continued development of Australia’s space industry will benefit the nation and aid future commercial and scientific endeavours.
The Space Coordination Office (the Office) was established on 1 July 2013 within the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. The Office replaced the Space Policy Unit established on 1 July 2009.
The Office is the central point of contact and coordination for all Australia’s national and international civil space activities. The Office also coordinates the implementation of Australia’s first national space policy, Australia’s Satellite Utilisation Policy and administers the Space Activities Act (1998). For further information visit space.gov.au