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

We aim to triple the size of Australia’s space industry to A$12 billion and create 20,000 new jobs by 2030.

Our creativity, spirit of entrepreneurship, and valuable geographic location are key factors driving our nation’s space future – which builds substantially on our history of international collaboration in the areas of earth observation, space object tracking and communication.

$70 billion
In grants and incentives

Australia offers nearly A$70 billion in grants, incentives and funding pools to Australian-based companies across priority sectors.

Source: Accenture

Creating a galaxy of opportunities

Through the Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy, we’re growing a globally recognised sector that exports to international markets and supports national and international space missions. There are seven priority areas:

  • Position, navigation and timing
  • Earth observation from space
  • Communications technologies and service
  • Space situational awareness and debris monitoring
  • Robotics and automation on Earth and in space
  • Access to space
  • Leapfrog R&D

Roadmaps for each priority area are being progressively rolled out. Co-developed with industry, government and researchers, these roadmaps identify opportunities for business and set out a clear guide to the sector’s growth over the next 10 years. The Communications Technologies and Services, Earth Observation from Space, and Robotics and Automation roadmaps are online now.

This decade has already produced some major highlights, including:

  • an agreement with NASA for an Australian-made, semi-autonomous rover to be part of a future mission to the Moon
  • a A$1.2 billion National Space Mission for Earth Observation, which will see Australia design, build and operate four new satellites
  • the announcement of a Space Strategic Update that will set a nationally aligned vision through to the 2040s.

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
  • aerospace medicine
  • remote health.

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 space. Propose a new project or get involved in one of its many existing programs.

'Australia’s investment in space exploration will generate economic returns that will benefit generations to come.' – Dr Jill Seubert from the USA now based in Australia

  • 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:

  • The A$65.7 million Fast Tracking Access to Space initiative will get Australian technologies into space sooner and make our nation a leading launch destination. This includes A$30 million for the procurement and provision of spaceflights, and co-investment of over A$30 million to develop or grow spaceport sites.
  • Australia is also building critical infrastructure to ensure the growth of the sector through the A$19.5 million Space Infrastructure Fund.
  • The International Space Investment initiative (ISI) is helping unlock international space opportunities for Australia, having awarded A$11 million to 24 Australian organisations already. The ISI will be further expanded, with a dedicated A$25 million for Australian businesses and researchers to tap into India’s booming space industry and a further A$3 million for broader international partnerships.
  • The Australian Tax Office’s New Investment Engagement Service gives tailored guidance on tax issues to businesses planning significant new investments in Australia.

Exciting new projects

Funding of A$6 million from the Space Infrastructure Fund helped Saber Astronautics 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 has established 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.

The Australian Space Manufacturing Network (ASMN) has awarded A$52 million to a consortium led by Gilmour Space Technologies to create a manufacturing and test hub and an advanced manufacturing facility to produce launch vehicles and satellites.

The ASMN is also supporting the Bowen Orbital Spaceport in North Queensland, preparing its launch pad to fire rockets into orbit. Over the next five years, it’s expected the project will support more than 850 new jobs, including 350 space manufacturers in highly skilled engineering and technical roles.

A consortium led by Fleet Space Technologies will develop an Australian Space Manufacturing Hub at Adelaide’s Australian Space Park. This A$66 million project is expected to create 221 local jobs, and another 1,000-plus indirect jobs.

A funding contribution of A$50 million from the Trailblazer Universities initiative is supporting the development of the University of Southern Queensland led ‘Innovative Launch, Automation, Novel Materials, Communications, and Hypersonics’ Hub (iLAuNCH Hub).

'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

A depiction of the space shuttle docked at the International Space Station orbiting Earth

Are you a talented individual working in the space industry?

Get an idea of the kinds of skills and roles we’re looking for

We are looking for talented individuals with experience in areas like manufacturing and core inputs, such as ground and space segment manufacturing and services. We want to grow our talent pool in the areas of space operations and space applications. 

We’re also targeting the enabling areas of regulation and essential service delivery, infrastructure and capabilities, research, development and engineering, and specialised support services.

The following specialisations are intended to be a guide and are not an exhaustive list. The global talent profile provides examples of the calibre of individuals who may meet program requirements. 

Specialisations

  • Space systems engineering
  • Propulsion systems
  • Guidance, navigation and control
  • Thermal management systems 
  • On-board data subsystems 
  • Sensors and instruments 
  • Electromagnetic technologies and techniques 
  • Optoelectronics
  • Internet of Things technologies
  • Autonomous systems 
  • Planetary body exploration 
  • Entry, descent and landing 
  • In-situ resources utilisation 
  • Human health, life support and habitation systems 
  • Spacecraft mechanisms, structures, materials and manufacturing processes
  • Electrical, electronic and electro-mechanical (EEE) components and quality 
  • Ground systems technologies and services skills
  • Space environment monitoring technologies skills
  • Space system project management skills
  • Space software, programming, applications and computing skills 
  • Space sector enabling skills (for example, space law)

Global talent profile

Renowned space industry leader with vast experience specialising in space systems engineering.

Head engineer of avionics and software at a leading rocket company that is developing new orbital launch vehicles and technologies for foreign space agencies.

A space policy specialist with extensive experience collaborating between government and the industry.

Post-doctoral astrophysicist with a sustained record in collaborative research, with a number of space agencies.

The following experience or professions would not usually meet the parameters of the program:

  • Engineers and mechanics who do not lead ground-breaking projects

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