The Morrison Government is rocketing Australian businesses into the space supply chain with $25.7 million to grow their capability, create jobs and take part in NASA’s inspirational mission to travel to the Moon and Mars.
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the Supply Chain Capability Improvement grants will fuel opportunities for local businesses to grow and expand into global markets.
“Space offers a significant economic opportunity to create more high tech jobs for Australians – not just in existing space businesses but in a range of related fields including advanced manufacturing,” Minister Andrews said.
“As part of the Moon to Mars initiative, these grants will drive the growth of skills, capabilities and capacity in the Australian space industry, including leveraging our existing strong manufacturing base.
“This is an investment in Aussie businesses when they need it the most. Importantly, the grants will help showcase our best ideas and technologies on the global stage and see Australia play a role in NASA’s endeavours to go to the Moon and on to Mars.
“It will also help put Australian businesses in international space supply chains, whether that’s projects for other agencies or for more commercial endeavours.
“The space technologies developed will also have enormous applications here at home, from bushfire and disaster management to better connectivity and medical services in remote communities.”
Head of the Australian Space Agency Dr Megan Clark AC said increasing national capability is one of the primary areas of focus in the Government’s Australian Civil Space Strategy.
“These grants are about Australia building on its strengths, partnering for success by diversifying the economy, and building a high tech workforce that can make a significant contribution internationally,” Dr Clark said.
“Supply chain partnerships and a clear commercialisation pathway are key to these Supply Chain Capability Improvement grants. We want to see partnerships that bring Australian space products and services to life and contribute to Australia’s export market capacity. This will create jobs and increase skills at a local level.”
Grants of between $250,000 and $1 million are available under the five year program. Applications can be submitted at any time up to 30 June 2023.
Visit https://www.business.gov.au/M2M-SupplyChain for more information or to apply.
The $150 million Moon to Mars initiative is among close to $700 million being invested by the Morrison Government into the Australian space sector as part of our goal to triple its size to $12 billion and create an extra 20,000 jobs by 2030.