You must have a permit to launch a space object from an Australian launch facility, Australian aircraft or foreign aircraft in Australian airspace. The permit may also authorise a connected return.
A space object is:
- an object (or any part of that object) which is to go into or come back from an area beyond the distance of 100 km above mean sea level; or
- any part of that object, even if that part is to go only some of the way towards or back from an area beyond the distance of 100 km above mean sea level.
Australian launch permit application guidelines
These guidelines provide detailed information on how to apply for an Australian launch permit, including application and supporting evidence requirements.
- Australian launch permit application guidelines [PDF 663 KB]
- Australian launch permit application guidelines [DOCX 447 KB]
The application process consists of four key stages:
1. Expression of interest
2. Application plan workshop
3. Application assessment
4. Ministerial decision.
Expression of interest
You submit an expression of interest using the form below.
We’ll review your expression of interest and then schedule an application plan workshop once we have sufficient information to proceed.
NOTE: initiating your expression of interest is not an application submission, you will need to provide further documents
Application plan workshop
During this workshop we:
After the workshop we will provide you with a copy of a customised form and an application plan which will help guide you through the remaining stages of the application process.
You provide completed modules in line with your application plan.
We commence assessment of your modules, meet with you to clarify information, and provide feedback on progress.
We will consult with federal, state and territory authorities to see if there is any reason, including relating to Australian security, defence, or international relations, why a launch facility licence should not be granted.
We then make recommendations to the Minister (or their delegate).
The Minister (or delegate) decides whether to grant the launch facility licence, taking into consideration advice from the Agency.
The Minister has discretion to seek further information from applicants and launch facility licence holders.
Debris mitigation strategy
You must have a debris mitigation strategy if you plan to launch objects into space.
The strategy needs to outline how you will manage the risk of debris generated during the lifetime of your space activity.
More information can be found in the Australian launch permit application guidelines.
Before you apply, download and read the launch facility licence application guidelines.
You should then complete and submit an expression of interest form providing supporting materials demonstrating your progress against the application requirements.
Once we receive your expression of interest, we will contact you to discuss your application and schedule an application plan workshop once we have sufficient information. This will give you the opportunity to discuss your plans and have any questions answered. We can also provide more information about the application and assessment process.
There are no fees for applying for an Australian launch permit, or for having your application assessed.
Your application must satisfy the Minister that:
- the person who is to carry out the launch or launches, and any connected return, is competent to do so.
- the insurance/financial requirements will be satisfied for the launch or launches, and any connected return.
- the probability that the launch or launches, or any connected return, will cause substantial harm to public health or public safety, or cause substantial damage to property is as low as is reasonably practicable.
- the space object or objects concerned are not and do not contain a nuclear weapon or a weapon of mass destruction of any other kind.
- there are no reasons relevant to the security, defence or international relations of Australia why the permit should not be granted.
- the proposed launch vehicle is as effective and safe as is reasonably practicable, having regard to the purpose of the launch.
- the flight path for each launch is as effective and safe as is reasonably practicable, having regard to the purpose of the launch, the design of the launch vehicle and the launch safety standards in the Flight Safety Code
- the risk hazard analysis for each launch and any connected return is consistent with the Flight Safety Code
- there is adequate planning to address the environmental impacts of the launch or launches and any connected return.
We estimate it will take approximately 6 months to assess your application, however, assessment timeframes will be discussed and agreed as part of your application plan workshop.
Following the workshop we provide an application plan that clearly outlines agreed timeframes.
If we find key information missing or inaccurate, or not at an appropriate level of detail we will discuss with you and agree revised timeframes to submit additional information. This may impact overall assessment timeframes.
We may also request additional information relating to your application.