The Australian Centre for Space Governance advocates for Australia’s interests in space in the 21st century, and advances the agenda for responsible space governance. It does so through three pillars:
- Serve the nation's space law and governance needs (government, industry and broader stakeholders)
- Provide space law and governance education and training nationally
- Produce interdisciplinary research to solve national and global space governance challenges
Australia is at an inflection point as it grows its civil and defence space sector, and emerges as a responsible space actor at a complex moment in geopolitical history. We have the potential to shape international norms of responsible behaviour in space, to contribute to solving the challenges of safety and sustainability in space, and to be world leaders in some important space applications for communications, climate change response, space situational awareness, and regional security. As Australia seeks to grow our sovereign capabilities, to partake in the global space economy, and to assert ourselves as a space middle power, this requires a strong, well thought out and fully informed foundation to underpin any technological capabilities or operations. That foundation informs policies, strategies and regulatory frameworks. The ACSG aims to support the building of this foundation.
The ACSG brings together national expertise in space law, governance, policy, security, property, history, philosophy and social sciences, to answer these needs. There are six nodes of the ACSG led by experts across six universities:
- Flinders University
- Griffith University
- University of Adelaide
- UNSW Canberra
- Western Sydney University
We are committed to the values of interdisciplinary collaboration; safety, security and sustainability in space; diversity and inclusivity in the space sector; ensuring Australia fulfils its potential as a space middle power; and ensuring the national space sector engages fully with Indigenous Australians, and incorporates Indigenous co-design and governance values to the use of land, sea and skies for space activities.