A state government inquiry will explore how Queensland’s aerospace industry can take advantage of opportunities flowing from the new Australian Space Agency.

The $41 million national space agency commenced operations on 1 July this year, tasked with growing a globally respected Australian space industry and leading international space engagement.

Announcing the Queensland inquiry, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said it would explore how Queensland could play a role in developing the supply chains needed to support the growth of the Australian space industry.

‘Space industries represent the next frontier in advanced manufacturing, and Queensland is leading the nation in the development of space support services,’ Mr Dick said.

‘The Parliamentary State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee will explore how Queensland can play a role in developing the supply chains needed to support the growth of the Australian space industry.

‘It will also consider areas of regional Queensland where supply chain capability exists or could exist, particularly in areas of competitive advantage such as space-based sensing, services and support, data analysis and space-system design and manufacture.’

The parliamentary inquiry will explore Queensland’s capacity in space-related areas such as communication satellites, ground systems, telecommunications, mapping, and emergency management.

The committee is due to report in February 2019. Public-hearing dates are yet to be confirmed, but interested parties can register to receive news on the inquiry homepage.

The aerospace sector is identified as an emerging export priority in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Recent Queensland aerospace highlights have included the international World of Drones Congress in Brisbane last month, and the news that Boeing will make Queensland the site for its largest autonomous systems development program outside of the USA.

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