I’m about to create a very brief draft submission for the Aus Space Agency cost recovery consultation due on Monday. I’m short on time so it’s not going to be as detailed as the submission I submitted for the Parliamentary Enquiry - which, by the way, I’ve been invited to expand on in front of the Senate on the 19th, so stay tuned.
The short summary of what’s happening with cost recovery is that from July 1 this year the space agency are going to start charging fees for applicants who are required to apply for launch licences, etc. Anything where they need to get external contractors to supplement the internal staff - which for the foreseeable future is going to cover a lot of work. You can find more information here:
Is there anything anyone would like me to make sure I include or echo to strengthen the credibility of your own submission?
You can find my (probably a little too passionately) worded thoughts here:
I’m still yet to read the finer points of the proposed policy, and I will before I start writing, but I’m probably going to suggest that any company with <$2m (🤷♂️) in annual revenue should be exempt from any cost recovery mechanism.
I don’t agree with the principle of a tax that will have no effect on the budget available to the ASA, but if we need to make a concession for public perception purposes to accept further government space sector investments- which is in every citizen’s interest - then this is a digestable compromise.