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A message from the Chair

The space and spatial industries have never been more important for the future of Australia. They both have a fundamental role to play in helping Australia navigate the response to catastrophic bushfires, the impacts of climate change, and the development of recovery plans for the economy following the global pandemic and its impact on our society and the economy. The growth of these two sunrise industries will have a profound effect on the well-being of Australia over the next decade and beyond.

The combination of space and spatial working together adds enormous value. In many ways these two industries are co-dependent and synergistic. The space industry sets up critical elements of the  communications supply chain (through satellite communications (SATCOM)) together with vital content from Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and Earth Observation (EO) sensors). The spatial industry provides the vast bulk of the subsequent data infrastructure, value-added content and analytics, and the ‘last yard’ delivery channels to customers and end users for most industries and across global societies.

Optimising this combined ecosystem over the next decade will create a premium competitive advantage for Australia; greatly strengthen our sovereignty, defence and security; and play a key role in managing our environment and improving our well-being.

But the nation faces a major challenge in growing its emerging and fragmented space community so that it can reach the critical mass required of a modern space-capable nation.

The purpose of this consultation paper is to specifically seek the advice of key stakeholders in the space and spatial ecosystems on actions that can be taken over the coming decade to accelerate the growth of the space and spatial industries working together.

This input will then be used to develop the 2030 Space and Spatial Industries Growth RoadMap which will be completed later in 2021.

Your input and feedback is warmly welcomed.

Dr Peter Woodgate
Chair of the Steering Committee of the 2030 Space+Spatial Industry Growth RoadMap


In this information age, economic success, societal well-being and national security pivots around our ability to collect, disseminate and exploit complex data in a timely and effective manner. Space and spatial capabilities are central to achieving this, providing essential data and services to support areas of national importance such as land and water security, emergency management, and, increasingly, autonomous systems and smart cities management.

The Australian space and spatial industries are poised for great growth. By systematically and strategically working together, these two closely allied industries will realise enormous benefits that would otherwise not be possible.

The Space+Spatial Industry Growth RoadMap 2030 seeks to:

1) highlight the strategic importance of a strong Australian space and spatial capability;

2) identify the critical characteristics of such a capability; and

3) outline the steps required to realise an integrated space and spatial ecosystem that will be a key national asset.

The Roapmap focuses on the most important areas where space and spatial can work together, based on extensive consultation with key industry bodies, and provides a list of actions desigend to optimise the accelerated growth of these two industries looking out to 2030.

The Roadmap highlights those issues that have not yet been factored into the many existing strategies and plans of the agencies, organisations and companies that have contributed to the paper. The priority for this Roadmap is growing the earth-oriented applications, recognising that the outward looking space will warrant similar attention in the future.

In their words

Beyond industry awareness

“Together these industries face a once in a century opportunity. This is well beyond more talk and forward thinking. This is an industry-driven movement to focus on the immediate and medium-term wins that are achievable for Australian businesses, scientists and professionals if only we take smarter, informed action”.

Peter Woodgate
SmartSat CRC

New and different for industry

“We’re looking to bring this dialogue to geospatial professionals in public and private practice right across Australia. The national coalition will be hosting a range of ways from direct online feedback to video roundtables and live local discussion. Also, what’s new and different with this exploratory outreach and consultative paper is that it’s uniquely driven by industry, for industry. So while we have some of the most influential government agencies currently talking with us, this program is independent and doesn’t aim to produce public policy but to investigate, understand and mobilise the best kind of industry response that Australia can make in the coming years.”

Glenn Cockerton

Adding your voice to others

“It’s an important opportunity not just to have your say through a timely national consultation but also to connect into a diverse circle of large and small organisations and thought leaders. You’ll learn a lot about new directions, skills and opportunities. We’re focusing not just on the emerging space industry or the geospatial disciplines, we’re specifically investigating the intersection of these two worlds. Our organisation is excited to be immersed in this new discovery process.”

Tony Wheeler

A natural progression

"This roadmap is the natural progression of the 2026Agenda, which delivered a roadmap to drive growth, coordinate effort, and transform the spatial sector. We are seeing technological change present the opportunity for space and spatial businesses to work together to integrate information workflows faster and cheaper. This will improve the service offerings and operational efficiencies."

Graeme Kernich
Frontier SI

The right time for Australia

“Some think that Australia is too small to play in this arena. Bigger countries with well-established space sectors tend to be caught in entrenched interests and approaches. But, as we’re seeing with Elon Musk and SpaceX as well as others, in the 21century the space industry is very different, more affordable and with many niche specialist options. As a small, younger upstart entrant to this marketplace, we think Australia can be more agile in how our industries pivot faster to take advantage of the new opportunities. There is a huge home-grown multi-billion market just in defence, but we urgently need to build both capabilities and capacity. In addition, this effort may prove to be valuable in meeting the rapidly growing needs of earth observation and space-based programs in India, Asia and the Middle East as well as the US and Europe.”

Peter Kerr
Space+Spatial Industry Roadmap coordinator

Space+Spatial Industry Growth Roadmap 2030
Steering Committee