Published: December 12, 2018

The Australian Space Agency has announced the Nation’s space control centre will be established in the heart of city, cementing Adelaide’s global reputation as an attractive investment, living and learning location.

The Space Agency will be situated in Lot Fourteen at the old Royal Adelaide Hospital Site, Australia’s first creation and innovation neighbourhood in Australia. This is a major coup that further propels South Australia’s thriving space industry, with the State’s burgeoning space innovation ecosystem already consisting of over sixty space related organisations. The presence of the Space Agency is set to favourably position local businesses to capitalise on the US$345 billion global space industry. In addition to tripling the space industry’s revenue to $12 billion, the Agency also aims to create 20,000 jobs by 2030, representing opportunities to significantly stimulate growth in local employment whilst attracting leading experts from across the globe to live in Adelaide.

The announcement is the culmination of long-term collaborative efforts of the State Government, City of Adelaide, the Space Industry Association of Australia and key industry groups to develop links with international space agencies and corporate entities and foster growth in the local space industry and build upon an industry network that could sustain a position as the location for a national agency. These efforts began in the lead up to Adelaide hosting the 68th International Congress of Astronautical Cities (IAC) in 2017. The IAC galvanised a key network of industry collaborators for the largest and most successful convention ever held in South Australia, attracting over 4,000 space-industry delegates to the city and clearly established Adelaide’s credentials in the space industry that was conducive to the Federal Government’s decision.

This morning, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Premier Steven Marshall announced a City Deal to provide the planning, investment and governance necessary to accelerate growth and job creation and ensure Lot Fourteen’s vision comes into full fruition. The Deal will see the inclusion of an innovation, start-up and growth hub, incubator spaces, an International Centre for Tourism amongst various hospitality and cultural offerings. The addition of the space industry will be pivotal in growing the density required to allow Lot Fourteen to achieve its full potential, with the establishment of the Australian Space Agency base acting as an important catalyst in driving high tech business attraction, innovation and employment growth.

These developments signify major process in achieving the City of Adelaide’s Smart City strategic objectives of promoting the growth of a number of key industry sectors in the areas of knowledge, defence, digital technology and more broadly future industries. The development of Lot Fourteen and the addition of the Australia Space Agency will serve to grow capability and capacity of this sector in the city which is enabled by the City of Adelaide’s Ten Gigabit Adelaide initiative and the compelling value proposition Adelaide offers as a location for growth in advanced industries and innovation as well as a destination for professionals within this industry.