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Australian Civil Space Strategy

On April 2nd, the Australian Government unveiled The Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-28, which sets out a 10-year path to guide the growth of the Australian space sector. 

 The Strategy is built on four strategic pillars: 

  • International - open the door internationally
  • National - develop national capability in areas of competitive advantage
  • Responsible - ensure safety and national interest are addressed
  • Inspire – build a future workforce

Activities under the pillars will be guided by the 7 National Civil Space Priorities that build on Australia’s areas of strength and address our challenges. 

The first 2 National Civil Space Priorities – Position, navigation and timing; and Earth observation – received $224.9m and $36.9m respectively to Geoscience Australia in the 2018 Federal Budget, as well as funding to space activities through the CSIRO. 

Communication technologies and services will be a focus in 2019‑2021, for example the funding of a mission control facility in Adelaide. 2021-2028 focusses on the remaining 4 priorities of Leapfrog R&D, Space situational awareness, Robotics and automation, and Access to space. 

Key to the Strategy, is the new $19.5 million Space Infrastructure Fund. The Fund supports space projects across Australian states and territories over the next 3 years that will enable the nation to compete in the global space. 

To read the media release, please visit here. For a copy of the Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-28, please visit here