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Space Transport

With a workforce expected to reach 30,000 by 2030 and the value of the sector expecting to triple in size to $12 billion by the same time, there will be opportunities for the VET sector emerging.

Australia is playing a significant role in the field of space transport and logistics, with its strategic location, skilled workers and world-class facilities. The country is ideally placed to undertake launching rockets and satellites, operating ground stations for spacecraft communication and tracking, providing remote sensing capabilities for Earth observation, and developing innovative technologies and services for space logistics. The Australian space industry's focus on transport and logistics is evidenced by the growing number of companies specialising in this area. As the space industry continues to grow, Australia's expertise and capabilities in space transport and logistics will remain at the forefront of this dynamic field.

The space industry is estimated to be worth $471 billion globally, and experts predict that its value will reach nearly $1.5 trillion in the next 20 years. Countries, including Australia, are looking to capitalise on the social and economic benefits of this industry. The Australian government has committed to increasing its space revenue to $12 billion and generating 20,000 more jobs over the next decade.

Space sector workforce planning and development

ISA will play a crucial role in developing workforce skills in the space transport industry by working closely with industry stakeholders, identifying industry needs, and supporting industry engagement. In addition, ISA can collaborate with industry bodies, employers, and training providers to address skills gaps and develop tailored solutions that meet the specific needs of the space transport industry. By doing so, ISA can help to build a highly skilled workforce that is equipped to meet the demands of the dynamic and rapidly evolving space transport industry.

The Australian space industry offers opportunities for both established professionals and graduates entering the job market. With a growing demand for skilled professionals in this dynamic sector, the space transport industry provides a range of exciting career paths for those looking to contribute to the exploration and commercialisation of space.

Universities and TAFEs offer courses that cover both general and specialised areas, while the private sector provides in-house mentoring, graduate programs, and training programs for their employees, in addition to university scholarships.


Careers in space logistics are essential to the Australian space industry and involve working in various areas such as satellite design and construction, ground station operations, space policy development, and space science research. The industry is also opening up opportunities in emerging areas like space debris management, lunar and Mars exploration, and commercial spaceflight. Working in the space transport and logistics industry can offer exciting and challenging career-paths for those who are passionate about contributing to the growth and development of the space industry.

Your Industry Engagement Manager

Paschal Somers

Paschal has a broad professional background in Vocational Education and Training (VET) spanning 15 years. He has experience in adult education, including as a lecturer and work-based trainer, learning and assessment program design, and RTO compliance related work. He has facilitated staff development programs in industries including Education, Health, Transport, Automotive and Department of Justice. He holds a Master of Education and a Diploma of vocational education and training, as well as other vocational qualifications.

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