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Peak organisations back Australian space industry awards

Stephen Kuper
Peak organisations back Australian space industry awards

Space Connect’s inaugural Australian Space Awards can confirm the support of the leading industry body and government organisation – underpinning the importance of recognising Australia’s emerging space industry.

Space Connect is pleased to announce that the Australian Space Agency and Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) have joined the awards program as supporting partners.

Dr Megan Clark AC, head, Australian Space Agency, welcomed the collaboration.

“To celebrate this vibrant community and our advancement in the sector, the Australian Space Agency is supporting the Australian Space Awards 2020,” Dr Clark said.


“The awards will recognise outstanding efforts to develop national capability, which in turn contributes to the agency’s goal of tripling the size of Australia’s space economy to $12 billion, creating another 20,000 jobs by 2030.”

David Ball, chair of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA), echoed Dr Clark’s comments in also affirming the association’s support of the awards initiative.

“The SIAA is extremely pleased to be associated with the inaugural Australian Space Awards, and we expect that these awards will be tightly contested,” Ball said.

The inaugural awards program will recognise professionals and organisations across 20+ categories, focusing on all facets of the growing space industry.


“Over the last 12 months we have seen incredible energy and excitement across the space industry,” Ball added.

“Many SIAA members have made tremendous progress with their initiatives and projects during this time. If you know someone worthy of an award, we strongly encourage you to nominate, as they close in the very near future.”

Nominations are open across eight individual awards and 14 company awards. To enter these awards, nominate a person, a business or yourself in the category most suited.

“It’s a great endorsement of the awards program to have both the Australian Space Agency and the SIAA’s support,” said William Magee, Momentum Media’s head of strategy – defence and space.

“The Australian Space Awards are a first for the nation, and a step forward in acknowledging the work, energy and efforts of our emerging space industry – and its extremely talented professionals who are regarded globally as leaders in their fields.

“We encourage all space industry stakeholders to get involved, whether it is participating in the nomination process or joining us at the gala event in late March – when Australia’s space industry will come together in Sydney.

Submissions must be completed online, but can be worked on offline. A typical submission takes two-three hours to complete, Magee said.

Categories for the awards recognise major contractors and businesses, SMEs, research and academic institutions plus associations, through to high-performing individuals such as executives, Indigenous and female leaders, students, scientists, technicians and academics.

The awards are open to all businesses operating in Australia supporting the space industry, including telecommunications, satellite, energy, mining and transport sectors as well as the defence, agriculture, disaster and water management industries.

“The awards program acknowledges the range of space-orientated businesses in Australia, from manufacturers to service providers. This reflects the expanding definition of space and the space industry in Australia – which now touches every Australian, whether it is phone, data or GPS through to the great work undertaken by our emergency services as well as the food, water, logistics, energy, mining, and disaster management and relief sectors,” Magee said.

“Winning an Australian Space Award will be a major accolade for both individuals and businesses seeking to forge their role in the space industry. Don't miss the opportunity to have your organisation and team members recognised.

“I look forward to joining friends and colleagues from across the space industry on 26 March in Sydney, where we will announce the winners of the 2020 Australian Space Awards and celebrate excellence across this vibrant and critical sector.”

Make your nomination for the inaugural Australian Space Awards here. Further information about categories is available here.

To nominate an individual candidate, click here.

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