Victoria Turns Its Gaze To Space

14:03' 02-07-2018
In May, the Federal Government announced plans to establish a new Australian Space Agency. The State Government hopes Victoria can play a key role in it, creating jobs and boosting our economy.

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    Last week, Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll met with Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaelia Cash in Canberra to promote Victoria’s space industry credentials.

    One in five Australian space-related science and technology companies are based here, including some of the world’s biggest names in aerospace, such as Lockheed Martin, Thales, Boeing and BAE Systems.

    Lockheed Martin established its first multi-disciplinary research facility outside the United States, STELarLab, in Melbourne. Australia's biggest user of space technology, the Bureau of Meteorology, is also based here.

    Victoria’s research and development capabilities in this sector are also world class. Swinburne has partnered with the California Institute of Technology, giving Swinburne unique access to the Keck Observatory in Hawaii.

    In addition, La Trobe University has a $20 million partnership with the German Space Agency to develop and design a super-sharp-image camera to fly on the International Space Station.

    The global space industry is forecast to be worth more than $1 trillion by 2040. Victoria can help boost Australia’s share of this market to tens of billions of dollars, potentially creating 20,000 jobs across the country.

    “If the Australian Space Agency is to succeed, we need a truly national approach,” said Mr Carroll. With Victoria's proven expertise in design and manufacturing, it has the ability to be “a key player”.

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