Space Concession

At a glance

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Provides businesses importing eligible goods for use in authorised space projects with a duty-free tariff concession to help the Australian space industry comply with international obligations.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • have an authorised space project that involves activities between parties from Australia and other countries
  • have a space project in one of the fields outlined in the Guidelines
  • complete an Australian Industry Participation Plan.

Other eligibility requirements may apply.

Deadline to apply:

Applications may be made at any time.

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

Overview

The Space Concession will benefit companies proposing to establish and develop operations in the high technology, high value-added space sector in Australia. It encourages the transfer of sophisticated space-related technology and technical expertise to Australia by providing a duty-free tariff for the entry of eligible goods imported for use in an authorised space project.

The Space Concession aims to:

  • increase the competitiveness of the space industry in Australia and
  • assist the Australian space industry to comply with certain international obligations.

For more information on eligible imported goods for use in authorised space projects please refer to the Policy and Administrative Guidelines.

Eligibility criteria

The applicant for the Space Concession must be the project proponent who is seeking to establish authorisation to conduct a space project.

To access the Space Concession, applicants must have a “space project” that:

  • involves activities between parties from Australia and other countries including:
    • joint investment
    • research or manufacturing or
    • the supply of equipment or technologies by one party to another for the purpose of the joint activity and
  • is in one of the following fields:
    • exploration of outer space
    • remote sensing
    • material processing in space
    • space medicine and biology
    • space communications and information technologies
    • satellite navigation systems and technologies
    • automated and manned space apparatus and systems and corresponding ground equipment
    • protection of the outer space environment or
    • space launch services and
  • is accompanied by an Australian Industry Participation (AIP) plan.

Your project must be authorised as a space project first before you can import the goods for the project.

For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to the Policy and Administrative Guidelines.

How to apply

There are two stages in the application process. We need to approve you in both stages before we grant you access to the Space Concession. The stages are:

  • Stage 1: establishing authorisation for a space project and AIP plan.
  • Stage 2: seeking approval for a list of goods that can receive duty-free status in order for you to import them for the use in the authorised space project.

Please contact us on 13 28 46 if you are interested in applying. It is important that you speak to us at the very early stages of the project. We will help you determine if your project is suitable for the Space Concession.

After submitting either Stage 1 or Stage 2, we will contact you to discuss any points requiring clarification and provide advice on completing your application.

We will notify you in writing about the outcome of your application.

Key documents

  • Policy and administrative guidelines
  • Factsheet
  • Frequently asked questions

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