By taking on the role as leader in space traffic management, Australia can gain international power and exploit commercial opportunities.
Space inspires, and the establishment of a Space Agency in Australia is well positioned to drive engagement in STEM.
Weather forecasting, bushfire management, power and water supply: Australia relies on earth observations to the tune of A$5 billion a year. But we have very little control over the data we get.
There are local, practical implications linked to failed advancement of infrastructure projects that rely on expertise in space. Protecting Australia's water is just one example.