The Technology Safeguards Agreement (TSA) with the United States is a step closer, with the new treaty tabled in the Australian Parliament today.

Industry can now view the full text of the TSA and associated National Interest Analysis before making a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.

The TSA will allow US space technology like rockets and satellites to be launched from Australia. This, in turn, will make Australia more attractive as a global launch hub – supporting growth across our entire supply chain.

Industries such as transport, hospitality, security, maintenance, operations and logistics will also benefit, particularly in rural and remote areas where most launch facilities are located.

All space launch activities under the TSA will still require Australian approval, through the Space (Launches and Return) Act 2018.


Head of the Agency Enrico Palermo said having a TSA with the US is a vital step in continuing to grow Australia’s space sector.

“It will create commercial opportunities for our launch sector and send a signal to the global market that Australia is ‘open for launch’.

Australia is already a place that the world wants to launch from thanks to our geography and ability to access multiple orbits, wide open ranges, focus on responsible operations and trusted alliances to protect sensitive technologies – a TSA will cement that.”

An aerial view of a launch facility in Australia.


Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex, Southern Launch

Nawu Country — Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

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