Space Regulatory Framework

The  transformation of space technologies, together with increased demand for space-based services are catalyzing continued growth in the Australian space ecosystem. The Australian space industry accounted for $3-4 Billion dollars in revenue during 2017, with strong capabilities in satellite communications, ground systems, geospatial applications, biotech and health services, and advanced manufacturing.

Space operations conducted by Australian organisations are subject to a range of domestic and international regulatory frameworks regardless of whether they are upstream (provision of technology) or downstream applications (exploitation of technology).

This subject will introduce you to the key Australian legislation and international agreements/treaties which govern domestic and international space operations. Aimed specifically at business people and researchers in the space field, Space Regulatory Frameworks will focus on intellectual property in relation to space research and how to collaborate on space research with international partners. At the successful completion of this unit, you will be able to confidently source relevant legal and regulatory information and know when to engage expert assistance and advice. You will also have an opportunity to demonstrate what you have learnt to industry peers at a special day-long networking event.

What you will get out of the course?

You will gain knowledge insights into the Australian Space regulatory in a tailor made 6 weeks online course. Besides being exposed to subject matter expert knowledge, you will also have access to leading academics who will guide you through the course, facilitate discussion and answer any questions you may have throughout the course.

This unique 6 weeks online course will then peak in a 1-day intensive workshop on-campus where you will meet likeminded peers as well as leading space technology academics.

Who should attend?

Non-space industry professionals who either have an interest in, are keen to start up a new business venture in or plan a career change from a related industry to the space industry, and space industry professionals who want to learn the legislations of the the new Space Act.

Students in Australia on an International Student Visa are not eligible to enrol in this micro unit. International students outside Australia or those reside in Australia not on an international student visa are eligible to enrol.

What you need to do now?

If this has sparked curiosity to find out more about the exciting Space industry then don’t wait any longer, contact Dr Virginia Kilborn for more information about this course.


6 weeks - Online + 1 Day - On campus

Study modes

Part-time, Online, blended

Swinburne University of Technology

This course is delivered by Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing.