Treaties Committee recommends ratification of Australia-US space launches

THE Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) has tabled a report recommending the ratification of the following treaty action for Australia-US space 

The treaty action is defined in the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United States of America on Technology Safeguards Associated with United States Participation in Space Launches from Australia.

Committee Chair Josh Wilson MP said, “This agreement aligns with Australia’s national interests and benefits the development of the Australian Space industry, by growing a more skilled workforce in the space sector and providing increased opportunities for Australian companies. The increase in US investment and activity will also benefit the Australian economy.”

“The agreement reflects Australia’s commitment to transforming and growing our space sector, as well as further developing our strong bilateral relationship with the US," Mr Wilson said.

The Agreement aims to protect US technology launched in Australia and ensure that it remains under US control. It provides a legal and technical framework that protects US launch vehicles, spacecraft, related equipment, and technical data. This would enable US companies, government organisations and universities to undertake commercial space launch activities in Australia. 

The committee said it supported ratification and recommended that binding treaty action be taken for this agreement.

The report can be found on the committee website, along with further information on the inquiry.



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