A House of Representatives standing committee has commenced an inquiry into the development of Australia’s space industry.
The House standing committee on industry, innovation, science and resources has announced the launch of an inquiry into developing Australia’s space industry, chaired by former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce.
Joyce said the committee would draw from industry feedback to explore ways in which policy could facilitate the growth of the sector.
“The Australian Space Agency has a goal to triple the size of the sector to $12 billion and create an additional 20,000 jobs over the next decade,” he noted.
“This inquiry will examine ways to achieve this.”
Specifically, the inquiry aims to identify solutions required to strengthen support of domestic and international space related activities, which include:
Joyce stressed that the activities of the space industry extend beyond “rockets and astronauts”, pointing to its broader contribution to the development of technology and equipment used in everyday life.
“There are enormous opportunities for individuals, organisations and communities to take advantage of this growing sector, particularly in rural and regional areas,” Joyce said.
The committee has invited stakeholders to participate, with submissions open until Friday, 29 January 2021.
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