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Australia’s space sector is taking off and offers huge opportunities for those wanting to work on emerging technologies to improve life here on Earth.

Australia aims to triple the size of Australia’s space industry to $12 billion and create up to 20,000 new Australian jobs by 2030.

Our creativity, spirit of entrepreneurship and location are key factors driving the space boom, building on our history of international collaboration in the areas of earth observation, space object tracking and communication.

Find out more about Australia’s 10-year plan in the Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy.

Ready for launch

Australia’s emerging space industry is a magnet for the industry’s best and brightest. 

There are opportunities in:

  • robotics and automation systems
  • commercialisation of rocket technology
  • nano and small satellites
  • launch vehicles and facilities
  • propellants and fuels
  • payloads, sensors and communications arrays
  • position, navigation and timing tools
  • solar panels
  • structural components and optical wireless
  • communication technologies.

If you’re looking to collaborate with world-class experts, either as an established enterprise or a start-up, SmartSat CRC has partnership opportunities for a host of space research projects in telecommunications and IoT connectivity, intelligent satellite systems and Earth observation data services. 

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, also welcomes business and research partnerships in astronomy and space science. Propose a new project or get involved in one of its many existing programs.

‘Australia’s space sector is sizzling’ Adrien Doucet from France now based in Adelaide

 

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  • The Australian space sector is growing at an annual rate of 7.1%, outpacing GDP
  • The total investment pipeline for the Australian civil space sector is worth approximately A$2 billion
  • The market size of Australia’s space industry is estimated to grow by more than A$8 billion by 2030
  • 30,000 people could be working in the Australian space sector by 2030.

Incentives, grants and support

  • The A$150 million Moon to Mars initiative is supporting Australian businesses and researchers to showcase their best ideas and technologies so they can join NASA's inspirational plan to return to the Moon and then go on to Mars. It includes:
  • Australia is also building critical infrastructure to ensure the growth of the sector through the A$19.5 million Space Infrastructure Fund
  • The A$15 million International Space Investment initiative is helping unlock international space opportunities for Australia, while the Australian Space Agency is helping Australian businesses participate in the global space market.
  • There is also funding available under Australia’s Space National Manufacturing Priority road map for manufacturers to design and build specialised products, equipment, systems and services to support national and international space missions.
  • The Australian Tax Office’s New Investment Engagement Service gives tailored guidance on tax issues to businesses planning significant new investments in Australia.
Picture of Adam Gilmour, CEO, Gilmour Space
“We have just gone past 100 employees at Gilmour Space, where we are developing a launch vehicle and small satellite business on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Space is a relatively new industry for Australia, but with the help of our Australian Space Agency, it is growing very quickly and attracting both private and public investments. We have employed a number of international rocket and satellite engineers at Gilmour Space in the last two years and they have been fantastic and welcome additions to our team. Australia needs to continue to bring in the best talent from all over the world and I encourage space engineers to come help us get to orbit, and to the moon and planets beyond.”
Adam Gilmour,
CEO of Gilmour Space
 Enrico Palermo, Head of the Australian Space Agency
Our industry has strong talent and many unique competitive strengths, including in Earth observation, communications, and robotics and automation, which are positioning Australia as a key player in the global space economy.

Building national capability in Australian businesses and research organisations and inspiring the next generation of the space workforce is central to the Australian Government’s goal of tripling the size of the civil space industry to $12 billion and creating up to another 20,000 jobs by 2030. The future of the industry is bright as we advance the mission to grow and transform a civil space sector that lifts the broader economy, and inspires and improves the lives of all Australians.
Enrico Palermo,
Head of the Australian Space Agency

Exciting new projects

Saber Astronautics has received A$6 million to establish a national Mission Control Centre, enabling experts and researchers to control small satellite missions.

Fugro Australia Marine will establish the Australian Space Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Control Complex (SpAARC) to encourage local research and development of remote asset management capabilities for use in space.

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is establishing the Australian Space Data Analysis Facility to ensure the most effective use of space information.

The Australian National University is establishing the National Space Qualification Network, which will offer end-to-end payload testing services to Australian manufacturers.

’It’s an exciting time in the Australian Space industry and I’m honoured to be part of it! Lynn McDonald from the US, now based in Canberra

Factsheet

Australia’s space ecosystems

Recent arrivals

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Lynn McDonald
Nicholas Lindsay
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