Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018: consultation on draft rules

Closed 14 Jun 2019

Opened 20 May 2019


The Space Activities Amendment (Launches and Returns) Act 2018 passed both houses of Parliament in August 2018 and received Royal Assent on 31 August 2018. It will commence as the Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018 (the amended Act) on 31 August 2019.

Legislative instruments, known as rules, are being prepared to support the amended Act. The rules include information that an applicant will need to provide for different licences and permits. It also encompasses insurance requirements and conditions for certain permits and licences.

The regulatory framework will include 3 sets of rules:

  • Space (Launches and Returns) (General) Rules 2019
  • Space (Launches and Returns) (High Power Rocket) Rules 2019
  • Space (Launches and Returns) (Insurance) Rules 2019

The Agency is seeking your written views on the draft rules. Your written submissions and comments will help inform the development of the final rules.

Consultation paper

Exposure drafts

Consultation sessions

To support the submission process, the Australian Space Agency will be holding question and answer sessions in every capital city.

Please click on a link above to register for one of these sessions.

Confidential information

Comments and submissions will be published on our consultation hub unless you clearly indicate that you would like your comments to be treated as confidential.

If only part of the submission is confidential, you must clearly identify the confidential text. If only part of your submission is confidential, you may also provide us with a non-confidential version of the submission which can be published. Any information provided by you as part of the submission process which is both confidential and marked as confidential by you will not be disclosed beyond the Department.

What Happens Next

Comments on the draft rules for the Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018 are now closed. The Australian Space Agency will consider the feedback provided when finalising the rules.   



  • Public
  • Space


  • Space
  • Regulatory framework
  • Launches and returns