The House Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources has commenced an inquiry into Developing Australia’s Space Industry.
The Chair of the Committee, Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, said ‘Australia’s space industry is growing rapidly. 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. This inquiry will examine ways to achieve this.’
Space is an industry that inspires, fascinates and excites people. Generally, rockets and astronauts come to mind when we think about the space industry, but its technology and equipment are very much a part of our day-to-day lives, for example weather forecasting and GPS technology. There are enormous opportunities for individuals, organisations, and communities to take advantage of this growing sector, particularly in rural and regional areas, Mr Joyce said.
The Committee’s inquiry will examine the breadth of opportunities presented by Australia’s space industry and what is required to strengthen support of our domestic and international space related activities. This includes the development of space technology and equipment, commercialisation of research and development, future workforce requirements, and international collaboration.
The Committee would like to hear from interested people, organisations and agencies working in space related fields. Submissions to the inquiry should be received by 29 January 2021.
The terms of reference for the inquiry can be found on the Committee’s website.
Please contact Sam Woods at the Office of Hon Barnaby Joyce MP on (02) 6761 3080.
For background information:
Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources
Interested members of the public may wish to track the committee via the website. Click on the blue ‘Track Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner and use the forms to login to My Parliament or to register for a My Parliament account.
With the unprecedented amount of additional funding, attention and scrutiny placed on Defence and Defence contracts in the past twelve months, becoming a supplier in the Defence Industry continues to be a smart and rewarding decision.
Last week there was another positive sign from Government when Australia's Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC released the new Defence Transformation Strategy - Lead the Way.
What does it mean?
Lead the Way: Defence Transformation Strategy provides the vision and framework for long-term, enterprise-wide transformation. Continuous transformation will enhance Defence’s capacity to continually adapt as our strategic circumstances change (downloads below).
The new Defence Transformation Strategy provides Defence with the vision and framework for long-term, enterprise-wide transformation.
The 2020 Defence Strategic Update identifies that Australia’s security environment has deteriorated. Major power competition, military modernisation, disruptive technological change and new threats are all making our region less safe. As the strategic environment changes around us, we have to change with it.
Defence, as a matter of necessity, must continue to improve its ability to deliver on its current commitments while retaining the organisational capacity to anticipate and respond effectively to strategic challenges.
We recognise that the Defence enterprise is a strategic national asset, and we are responsible for it.
Just as we raise, train and sustain our military capabilities and our uniformed people, we must also ensure our enterprise can always adapt to our changing strategic environment.
This requires a high-performing One Defence enterprise with a culture that embraces continuous improvement.
Defence must lead the way in clearly demonstrating our ability to deliver our enterprise outcomes, and to provide maximum value to the people of Australia.
This means that we must have the ability to:
- Learn about our environment, our risks, our opportunities, and our own performance
- Evolve how we operate our enterprise, support and develop our people, and deepen our partnerships
- Align our priorities, our processes, our systems, and how we engage and communicate inside and outside Defence, and
- Deliver the Defence Mission and strategic effects, through our capabilities, our services, and by clearly demonstrating Defence’s value to the nation.
To achieve this ability, we require:
- A continuous improvement culture, based on our Values and Behaviours, clear accountabilities and trusted information.
- An enduring system for transforming the Defence enterprise – this will be a continuous process to align resources to priorities, reform activities, opportunities and risks in accordance with our evolving strategy.
- Priority reform areas of focus, which includes:
- Driving Improved Capability Delivery.
- Strengthening Defence’s approach to Australian Industry capability, including innovation, export and harnessing opportunities from Australian science and technology.
- Adopting a strategic approach to Defence enterprise resilience and supply chain assurance.
- Improving Defence’s Strategic Workforce Planning, Learning and Management.
- Instituting an improved enterprise performance measurement and reporting framework.
- Improving Defence engagement and communications.
The initiatives in this Strategy will help us to work together as One Defence to continuously improve and adapt to face our challenges.
Come and hear how SMEs can best position for success in the Australian Space Industry on Thursday, 3rd December from the 10.00am-12.00pm.
In this webinar, the Australian Space Agency will deliver updates on pathways into the space industry.
The Australian Space Agency exists to:
- coordinate civil space matters across government
- support the growth and transformation of Australia’s space industry
The session will be introduced by ADA-Vic CEO Sean Farrell and Victoria's Chief Scientist, Dr Amanda Caples.
10.00 - 10.10 Welcome and Introduction CEO ADA-Vic Sean Farrell and Dr Amanda Caples (Victoria’s Lead Scientist)
10.10 - 10.40 Australian Space Agency Moon To Mars - Supply Chain
10.50 - 11.10 Australian Space Agency Demonstrator Program
11.10 - 11.35 Meet the member(s)
11.35 - 11.50 Q&A session and discussion
11.50 - 12.00 Concluding remarks
12.00 - Event concludes
Please Register here
Last month, Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, announced a range of changes to CDIC grant programs to provide greater support for Australia’s defence industry.
These grant programs have been closed for 2 weeks to implement the changes, and are reopening today. Key changes include increases in minimum and maximum grant funding and lowering of the co-contribution requirement for industry.
If you have a draft application open for any of the following grant programs, you will need to restart your application under the new guidelines:
- Capability Improvement Grant
- Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant
- Defence Global Competitiveness Grant
You can access your draft application until 10 December 2020 for the purposes of copying data to a new application
For more information please see the CDIC defence industry grants page HERE
More information on the overall Space Funding Opportunities HERE
ASIO has just released a new awareness campaign called Think Before You Link (TBYL)
The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of this threat, as well as to provide advice on how to reduce risk and respond to suspicious approaches.
The campaign is primarily directed at Australians who have access to sensitive information, particularly those working in government, defence industry or academia.
But the campaign has a broader public safety message to alert all Australians to the threat. It provides practical tips on how Australians can protect themselves and report suspicious online approaches.
The ASIO website (asio.gov.au) hosts a Think Before You Link page with the following resources:
- the Director-General’s introductory video clip;
- an animation;
- four printable booklets/flyers—Guide for organisations (booklet), Online networking guide (booklet), Case study (booklet), Online networking guide (flyer);
- two printable briefing packs—Senior managers and security manager/adviser briefing pack, Staff briefing pack;
- eight posters; and
- a wallet card.
Please visit our website (here) to explore these resources, which have been developed for both individuals and organisations to use, and feel free to share our message with colleagues, friends and family.”
Tuesday 8th of December @ 9am
Deakin University is hosting this year’s Defence and Security Symposium!
Due to the continuing Covid-19 situation, it’s now virtual meaning anyone can attend... and it’s free of charge.
The half day symposium theme is Sovereign capability and threats in a dynamically changing world.
There is an impressive line-up of speakers.
Background to the event and registrations details HERE
The Defence White Paper recognises that a close collaboration between Defence, Industry and Academia is vital to the security of Australia. In the process this collaboration also works to foster game changing innovation and commercialisation opportunities.
The Defence and Security Symposium (DSS) is an annual event which brings together participants from defence, industry and academia to exchange ideas and information and to connect with decision makers from Defence, academic researchers and industry capability developers.
This symposium aims to bring together subject matter experts from government, industry, and academic to discuss challenges and opportunities in establishing sovereign capabilities pertaining to Defence and Security for Australia.
The symposium topics encompass strategic and operational issues related to government priority, industrial complexity, and research intricacy on sovereign defence and security capabilities in the land, sea, air, space and cyber domains. With rapid advances in smart technologies, the emerging and disruptive cyber-physical threats toward the established sovereign capabilities stand as one of the critical problems to be addressed.
During the symposium, subject matter experts will share expertise and experience, and shed light on policies, strategies, and technologies to undertake the near-, medium-, and long-term challenges in ensuring sustainability of sovereign defence and security capabilities of Australia as well as in defying the ongoing and imminent threats in today’s dynamically changing world.
Please register in advance for this webinar.
The UK-Australia Cyber Security in Space Workshop series, presented by the Satellite Applications Catapult and the British High Commission to Australia, will run from Monday 30 November to Wednesday 2 December, with one-hour online sessions each day and a virtual networking event to close.
These workshops are intended to encourage Australian – UK business engagement and awareness in Cybersecurity and to highlight the opportunities that this area presents in the International Space Sector. Through facilitated discussions with experts in the field, companies will gain knowledge of the current Space-Cybersecurity nexus and the associated cross-sector opportunities (collaborative and commercial) in, and between, the UK and Australia.
Participants will hear from Space and Cybersecurity advisors, Industry primes, and end users. With three speakers from both Australia and UK followed by facilitated group discussions in separate breakout rooms, attendees will be able to have meaningful discussions around the speakers’ experiences and perceptions and identify possible opportunities.
Supporting increased bi-lateral business to business engagements and guided by sector leaders, these workshops facilitate international collaborative partnerships and projects between the UK and Australia.
Sign up HERE
Day 1: Space and Cybersecurity - The current Picture
Monday 30 November 2020 (0800 BST; 1900 AEDT; 1830 ACDT; 1700 AWDT)
This session will provide context to the workshop series by describing the current global space-cybersecurity conjunction, the types of threats that the space sector faces and the implications of a ‘do nothing’ approach.
- Steph Lysaght - Consul General for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania
- Patricia Lewis – Director, International Security Department, Chatham House
- Rajiv Shah – Fellow, Australian Strategic Policy Institute & Managing Director, MDR Security
Day 2: Space and Cybersecurity - What Needs to be Done
Tuesday 1 December 2020 (0800 BST; 1900 AEDT; 1830 ACDT; 1700 AWDT)
Following on from the scene setting in the previous session, this segment will explore national and international strategies to mitigate cyber related risks and create an understanding of the respective roles of government and industry in developing space-cybersecurity capacity.
- David Livingstone – Director, Napier Meridian
Day 3: UK and Australia - Joint Capacity Building
Wednesday 2 December 2020 (0800 BST; 1900 AEDT; 1830 ACDT; 1700 AWDT)
The final session in the series will seek to identify joint UK - AUS pathways that can be exploited to build cybersecurity capacity in respective space infrastructures. A networking session will help join the right people to the right people from both countries.
- Kevin McLoughlin – Head of Space Security, UKSA
- Daniel O’Toole – Senior Advisor – Space Industry, Austrade / ASA
- Steph Lysaght - Consul General for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania
Sign up HERE
Daniel O’Toole – Senior Advisor – Space Industry, Austrade / ASA
In addition to his role at Austrade, Daniel has also served as a partial secondee at the Australian Space Agency since 2018. In this capacity, he works on joint Austrade-Space Agency initiatives that help promote the growth of the Australian space industry through international market programs and opportunities.
Over the past three years in this role, Daniel has worked closely with both the Australian space industry to build international partnerships, and also helped international space investors understand the opportunities Australia presents.