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Top space SMEs pushed to enter AusSpace24 Awards

The top-performing SMEs in the space industry are being called upon to submit into the 2024 edition of the awards.

Now in its fifth year, the AusSpace24 Awards (formerly known as the Australian Space Awards), is a prestigious program that will conclude with a gala black-tie ceremony on Tuesday, 28 May 2024 at The Star Sydney. Click here to book tickets.

The program is offering entrants 25 group and individual award categories to choose from, including Business of the Year – SME.

Submit an entry or nominate a small-to-medium enterprise (SME) by Monday, 4 March 2024 for the opportunity to be recognised for your achievements.


This group award recognises SMEs that have most effectively capitalised on market opportunities and driven demonstrable growth while supporting the strengthening of Australia’s space economy through its participation in the space industry.

This award recognises all space SMEs, no matter their specialisation, such as agriculture, launch, observation, research and development, telecommunications, satellite, energy, mining, transport, and all other space-related disciplines.

To be eligible for this award, the nominee business must have a focus on supporting the Australian space supply chain.

It is open to all businesses that have been trading since 1 January 2021.


The business needs to have 200 or fewer permanent employees as of 31 December 2023, and must be registered in Australia (or its respective state/territory) as a sole trader, a partnership, or an incorporated or listed business.

The period of assessment is the calendar year 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

All information will be treated as confidential and only shared with the specific judges who assess this category.

What to include in your submission

As part of the assessment criteria, entrants must provide responses of a maximum of 400 words per question to four questions.

The first question asks entrants to outline their product or service, distribution, customers, pricing, and approach to customer service, as well as any outstanding work over the assessment period.

Following this, detail the market potential for your business, system or platform, including your unique selling points/competitive advantages and the process for scaling/expanding it with reference to financial or other relevant data.

In your submission, describe how your organisation has supported the Australian supply chain and backed the objective of strengthening Australian sovereign industrial capability through engaging, training and expanding domestic partner businesses and opening up knowledge/IP transfer.

In addition, explain how your company could support more jobs in the space industry as well as ongoing upskilling for the Australian workforce.

Finally, conclude your responses by highlighting your major successes, achievements, innovations, and milestones, and describe how your business leadership contributed to the outcome.

Ensure that you include the following details in your submission:

  • What is your ABN?
  • When did your business start trading? Provide the month and year.
  • How many full-time and part-time employees do you have in your business?
  • What sector of space does the majority of your business service or consult?
  • Are you run by a government, educational or independent institution?

How to take your submissions up a notch

To stand out from your competitors, you are encouraged to provide and refer to any attached supporting material for the judges’ consideration.

This could include financial or business metrics, images, statistics, transcripts, media coverage, accolades, testimonials or recommendations/references and other relevant information.

You may submit a maximum of four supporting documents unless directly requested. If the documents are not directly referenced and relevant to your submission, they will be disregarded.

In addition to these supporting documents, we also encourage you to submit an optional video of up to 30 seconds long, answering the question: “What does business success mean to you?”

Winning this award will offer peer-reviewed recognition for an SME and their contribution to propelling Australia’s space industry forward.

Finalists will be determined by a well-respected judging panel that includes senior space industry and government leaders, academics, business executives, entrepreneurs and innovators. Click here to view the methodology.

How to enter the awards

To enter the awards, decide which categories you are eligible to submit into.

Then, register your account through our secure awards platform and log in. Fill in the details of your submission/s.

When you are happy with your submission, press save and lodge it.

Submit an entry or nominate an SME by Monday, 4 March 2024, for a chance to win this award.

For tips on how to write an effective submission, click here.

To find out how to submit your award entry, click here.

Winners will be announced at the Australian Space Awards 2024 black-tie gala ceremony on Tuesday, 28 May 2024, at The Star, Sydney. Click here to buy tickets.

For more information about the awards program, click here.

Adam Thorn

Adam Thorn

Adam is a journalist who has worked for more than 40 prestigious media brands in the UK and Australia. Since 2005, his varied career has included stints as a reporter, copy editor, feature writer and editor for publications as diverse as Fleet Street newspaper The Sunday Times, fashion bible Jones, media and marketing website Mumbrella as well as lifestyle magazines such as GQ, Woman’s Weekly, Men’s Health and Loaded. He joined Momentum Media in early 2020 and currently writes for Australian Aviation and World of Aviation.

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