Space Concession

Space Concession helps companies wanting to develop high technology for the space sector. It encourages the transfer of technology and expertise by providing duty-free tariff on eligible imported goods.

Application detail:

You can apply at any time.

What do you get?

Duty-free tariffs on eligible imported goods for use in a space project.

Who is this for?

A project proponent looking to establish a space project.


What are the eligibility criteria?

Before you import any goods for the project, we must authorise your space project. We also have to determine if the goods to be imported are eligible.

What is an authorised space project?

An authorised space project must involve activities between parties from Australia and other countries that include:

  • joint investment
  • research or manufacturing
  • the supply of equipment or technologies

Your project must be 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
  • space launch services

Your project must also be accompanied by an Australian Industry Participation (AIP) plan.

What are the eligible goods?

Your eligible goods cover a broad range of items. It is best to contact us directly to discuss the goods you wish to import.

Your goods must be necessary or integral to develop or operate your space project. You can only use the goods for that project.


How do you apply?

The application process has 2 stages. We need to approve you in both stages before granting you access to the Space Concession. The stages are:

  • Stage 1: Establish authorisation for a space project and AIP plan.
  • Stage 2: Seek 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’s 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.

We will work closely with you before submitting both stages of your application process.

Further guidance

Need help?

  • Let us answer your question via phone, email or webchat. And if we can't help, we'll put you in touch with someone who can.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Key documents

Policy and administrative guidelines