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Australian Coalition Launches Space+Spatial Industry Roadmap

Credit: Australian Space Agency

Ibadan, 14 March 2023. – A national coalition of space and geospatial industry experts has launched the 2030 Space+Spatial Industry Growth Roadmap. The Roadmap is an industry document that will inform Government policymakers to commit to an integrated space and spatial industry to safeguard Australia’s future economic success, societal well-being, and national security.

The 2030 Space+Spatial Industry Growth Roadmap lists nine key objectives that the nation must meet to future-proof its sovereign capabilities in these two vitally important industries. The national coalition developed the Roadmap from extensive industry-wide consultation over 18 months under the leadership of the late Dr. Peter Woodgate. The coalition officially handed it over to the Australian Space Agency as input to its 2040 Vision Roadmap.

Acting Chair of the 2030 Space+Spatial Steering Committee, Glenn Cockerton, said the simultaneous growth of the space and spatial industries would profoundly impact the nation’s well-being over the next decade and beyond. He added, “the businesses at the intersection of space and spatial have a fundamental role in helping Australia navigate its response to catastrophic bushfires, the impacts of climate change, and the development of recovery plans for the economy following the global pandemic and its impact on our society and the economy.”

The objectives align with and support the existing strategy of the Australian Space Agency, showcasing practical examples of how merging the space and spatial industries and providing increased oversight, funding, and support will contribute to achieving the Government’s goal of industry growth to AU$10 billion within the decade.

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