Panel Session: Advancing Australia’s Space and Spatial Capability

As part of RMIT’s EFI 2019, you are warmly welcome to attend a public panel session on:

Advancing Australia’s Space and Spatial Capability

The session features distinguished panellists Dr Amanda Caples (Victorian Lead Scientist), Prof Michelle Gee (Director RMIT Sir Lawrence Wackett Centre), Julia Mitchell (SBAS Test-bed Program Manager, FrontierSI).

Panel topic: Advancing Australia’s Space and Spatial Capability

Date: Tuesday 19th February 2019

Time: 4-5pm

Location: RMIT Building 80, Level 09, Room 12 (80.09.12)


Facilitators: Eva Rodriguez, Phil Delaney (FrontierSI)

Space is a USD$345 billion global industry which has doubled over the previous decade, with strong growth expected to continue in the medium term. To better capitalise on both local and global growth opportunities, the Australian Space Agency (ASA) was created in mid-2018, spawning a new era of growth and innovation for the Australian space industry. ASA has a goal of tripling the size of Australia’s space sector to $12B and growing the workforce from the current 10,000 FTE to 20,000 by 2030.

Australia’s Space and Spatial industries are undergoing a rapid change and growth in response to these conditions. These changes cover everything from rockets, satellites and sensors, through to the specialists who derive insights from space based information such as location data and satellite imagery. These diverse technologies are having more impact than ever across Australia’s economy, particularly our Agricultural, mining, environmental, health, transport, defence, and built environment industries.

The Australian spatial sector launched its 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda (2026Agenda) Action Plan in April 2017. The 2026Agenda is a 10-year rolling Action Plan and roadmap, developed in consultation with more than 500 individuals of business, government, research, academia and spatial-user organisations in Australia. The 2026Agenda has identified the need to provide Australia with a fully integrated upstream and downstream national space and spatial capability through the creation of new structures and enhanced national leadership. This is important to ensure continued and sustainable access to national critical infrastructure, including global positioning systems and satellite earth observation data, for which Australia is currently completely dependent on foreign states and corporations.

Join us in this session to hear about Australia’s plan for the future of space and spatial, learn about it from a panel of experts directly involved in making this change happen.

This event is part of RMIT’s Engaging for Impact (EFI) 2019. You can register for the full program of EFI events through the RMIT EFI website.