Australia’s economic and security interests in space will grow with the expansion of space-based and space-enabled capabilities. We need robust rules and norms to maximise the benefits of greater access to space while tackling challenges such as debris.
At the same time, the expansion of space-based technologies creates risks. States are continuing to develop capabilities to disrupt satellites and degrade space-dependent military systems, threatening our defence networks and those of our alliance partner the United States. Potential state adversaries may also exploit space to obtain sensitive information about our security. In response, the Australian Defence Force is strengthening its space surveillance and situational awareness capabilities.
Australia is committed to strengthening international rules and laws that apply to space, including military uses of space. We will work with partners, particularly through the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, to strengthen norms of responsible behaviour.
The Government will also establish a space agency to represent Australia internationally, partner with other countries, coordinate a national space strategy and support industry growth.