As Australia and the world celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, the Morrison Government is working to make space the new jobs frontier.

Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said the Australian Space Agency, established by the Coalition last year, would help triple the size of the industry.

“The Coalition government saw the potential in space and has launched us toward an industry that’ll be worth $12 billion a year and create up to 20,000 new jobs by 2030,” Mr Howarth said.

“As we celebrate Australia’s involvement in an event that inspired so many people, it’s fitting that the Morrison Government is backing space discovery and technology and helping provide a pathway for more jobs in this important sector.”

Mr Howarth said that investing over $383 million in Australia’s space industry was part of the Government’s broader plan to boost the economy and help create a further 1.25 million jobs in the next five years.

“While the moon landing changed lives and inspired generations to think bigger, space is about so much more than launch. The quest to go to the moon itself was the stimulus for more advanced computing technology, which accelerated in the decades that followed.”

“The Apollo mission developed technology that improved kidney dialysis, home insulation, athletic shoes, water filtration and food preservation.

“Today space technologies boost a variety of industries including agriculture where farmers use space capabilities to monitor the health of their crops, marine pilots guiding cruise liners, emergency workers tracking the progress of bushfires, and scientists who study the effects and impact of droughts.”

Mr Howarth said the Government was also using the Space Agency to inspire young Australians to take up Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

“In the same way the Apollo 11 mission inspired many young kids to think big when it came to their futures, the Space Agency will show our kids of today the potential of a career in space,” Mr Howarth

“We know that so many jobs of the future, not just in space, will require STEM skills and that’s why we’ve sent fact sheets created by the Agency to teachers Petrie schools to spread the word.”