Sky's the limit for youth seeking aerospace careers

Media release | 16 July 2018

Australia’s first astronaut and NSW space advocate Paul Scully-Power AM said the Aerospace Futures Conference being held in Canberra from 16-19 July is an excellent opportunity for NSW graduates and postgraduates to meet potential employers in the burgeoning aerospace industry.

“This Aerospace Futures conference will build on a re-energised space ecosystem in Australia and presents an opportunity for young professionals to explore the prospects for a future career,” Mr Scully-Power said.

“In this regard, NSW is already the leader as the home to more than 40 per cent of Australia’s space businesses.”

Hosted by the Australian Youth Aerospace Association and sponsored by the NSW Department of Industry, the event will attract nearly 850 industry and government officials, academics and students with speakers to include Mr Scully-Power.

“One in every three space industry jobs in Australia are already based in NSW and I encourage NSW graduates to seriously consider this fantastic opportunity,” he said.

Conference chair Ed Muthiah said 2018 is a milestone for the Australian air and space industries.

“From the beginnings of a fifth generation air force to the kindling of a long-awaited joint space effort, there's a lot to be celebrated.

“Aerospace Futures is a one-of-a-kind event that exposes Australian youth to the accomplishments of current industry, government and academic leaders, in the hope that they will follow suit,” Mr Muthiah said.

NSW Defence Advocate Air Marshal John Harvey AM (Retd) said the future of the aerospace industry in NSW was bright with plans to develop a world class aerospace and defence industries precinct adjacent to the Western Sydney Airport.

“Those considering a future career in these industries should be in no doubt that NSW is the place to be.”

The NSW Department of Industry will host a finale dinner reception on 19th July featuring presentations outlining recent aerospace developments within NSW.

Aerospace Futures Conference