Western Australia has more than 60 years of experience in the space industry and is in a strong position to further develop this important industry. The State hosts significant space infrastructure for civil and defence applications. Our State has a range of facilities and institutions as well as strong research programs in our universities as well as a skilled workforce. Western Australia also has more than 70 international and Australian companies operating in space and space-related services.
A report prepared by ACIL Allen in June 2018, for a Space Industry Steering Group, which was chaired by the Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken AC, concluded that Western Australia has the following advantages and opportunities:
Read the full report, Space Industry Capability in Western Australia - June 2018.
On 10 July 2019, Western Australia’s Science Minister Dave Kelly and Federal Science Minister Karen Andrews signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the State and the Australian Space Agency (ASA) for the advancement and growth of the space industry sector. The MoU focusses on advancing ASA’s goal to triple the Australian space sector to $12 billion and create another 20,000 jobs by 2030.
The Commonwealth Government has allocated $6 million from ASA’s Space Infrastructure Fund to WA for:
Read the media statement, MoU Media Statement – July 2019.