A new Australian Government web portal launched this week will raise the national and international profile of Australiaâs growing space activities and services.
âAustralia plays a big part in space, from our fifty years of space-tracking collaboration with the United States, to this monthâs successful return of the Hayabusa spacecraft,â Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said.
âThe new portal will provide information on activities, policies, and funding opportunities in the Australian space sector, and links to space-related research organisations, events and our international partners.
âIt will help inform people about how space activities and technologies, such as satellite navigation and communication, affect our day-to-day lives.
âThe site will support the efforts of my departmentâs Space Policy Unit to coordinate Australiaâs national and international civil space activities.
âIt will ensure that international organisations know who to contact when theyâre looking to collaborate with the Australian space sector or the Australian Government.
âThe portal will make it easier to find the things you need, including how to apply for a grant under the Australian Governmentâs $40 million Australian Space Research Program.
âIt will also provide links to space education organisations like the Victorian Space Science Education Centre, and international space agencies such as NASA.â
Under the $1.1 billion Super Science Initiative, the Australian Government is investing $48.6 million in the Australian space sector through its new Space Policy Unit and Australian Space Research Program.
The new portal responds to a recommendation from the Senate Economics Committeeâs Inquiry into Australiaâs Space Science and Industry Sector.
The Australian Government Space Portal can be found at www.space.gov.au.