South Australia has a rapidly growing space innovation ecosystem and is well placed to become Australia's hub for future space industry development.

"Quod Invenias Explorans Spatium Progressus Est Humanitatis"
"Human Progress is in Space Exploration"

Already home to over 60 space-related organisations, South Australia is committed to developing strategies to grow the local industry and to increase research and development collaboration as well as international engagement.

The space industry challenges the innovative skills of our best researchers and engineers and it inspires young people to develop the skills to push forward the frontiers of scientific knowledge.

The growth of space and sustainable defence industries in South Australia plays a key role in the state’s economic development. The main capabilities and expertise are concentrated on: earth observation, satellite communications and space-based position, navigation and timing. These space enabling services support activities across a variety of sectors including communication, environmental monitoring and mapping.

The space industry contributes to the development of other priority sectors for South Australia including defence, agriculture, mining and tourism, as well as services for the community such as health and education.

South Australia has a dedicated team within Defence SA (Space and International R&D Collaborations) to promote an active network and enhance cooperation among the main stakeholders of the space innovation ecosystem, including facilitating opportunities for engagement with international partners.

The vision and mission of this team, as well as the actions planned for the next four years, are articulated in the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy (South Australia) Action Plan 2016-2020This strategy is underpinned by three pillars:

  • growing South Australia’s economy through space activity
  • invigorating South Australia’s space innovation ecosystem
  • engaging international cooperation with lead countries.

Some of the activities already undertaken or planned include:


South Australian Space Capability Directory 

In June 2016 the South Australian Space Capability Directory was released, providing a picture of the existing South Australian space community. The publication features key information about the enterprises, consultancies, associations, researcher organisations, educational institutions and government departments currently contributing to our state’s vibrant space ecosystem.  


Internship Program

To assist in developing appropriate strategies for cultivating the space ecosystem, the South Australian government and the Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) are jointly sponsoring an internship program. This program involves a selected student from the Bocconi University participating in a three month placement in South Australia. During the placement the student is required to research and analyse the international and local space sectors from a socioeconomic and political perspective, in particular as they relate to enriching the South Australian space economy. 


68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2017)

Adelaide, South Australia has been chosen to host the 68th International Astronautical Congress. The prestigious event is the world’s largest space-related conference. Around 3000 space professionals, including astronauts, heads of space agencies, engineers, scientists and innovators, are expected to gather at the Adelaide Convention Centre in September 2017. This event provides a unique opportunity for South Australia to showcase our array of space-related expertise and capabilities to a global audience.

Enquiries, please contact Mr Nicola Sasanelli AM, Director, Space, and International R&D Collaborations, Defence SA, tel: +61 8 8463 6173 or