9th Australian Space Forum

On Wednesday 19 February 2020, Prime Minister Scott Morrison officially opened the Australian Space Agency’s new home in Adelaide as part of the 9th Australia Space Forum, at the Adelaide Convention Centre. This was followed by the official VIP event with industry leaders including Megan Clark (Australian Space Agency), James Johnson (Geoscience Australia), The Hon Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews, FrontierSI CEO Graeme Kernich and Chris Hewett, Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation.

The Hon Karen Andrews

Above: The Hon Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology addressing guests at the official launch in Adelaide.

The Australian Space Agency is central to the Government’s vision to secure more jobs and a larger share of the growing space economy – forecast to be over $1 trillion in size around the globe by 2040. Space develops new technologies that improve life on Earth and it offers huge economic and job opportunities.

The official opening was another chance to highlight the great opportunities space presents to everyday Australians. Australia’s space sector has gone from strength to strength since he Agency was established and the Australian Space Agency will continue to build on that momentum. The national headquarters is a strong base for the Agency to grow and transform the Australian space industry.

As part of the government’s space agenda, the Australian Space Discovery Centre and Mission Control is scheduled to be officially opened in 2021. The offices, based at Lot Fourteen, are an important next step in the development of the Agency, who are working to triple the size of the Australian space industry and create 20,000 new jobs by 2030.

Above: FrontierSI CEO Graeme Kernich (centre) in discussion with James Johnson, CEO Geoscience Australia (right) and Chris Hewett, Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (left), at the official launch in Adelaide.