Guidance as to the law affecting space operations can be found in ADDP 06.4 Law of Armed Conflict9 and AAP1003 Operations Law for 9 Australian Defence Headquarters, 2016,Australian Defence Doctrine Publication 06.4 Law of Armed Conflict, Canberra, First Edition. 42 RAAF Commanders. The Australian Defence Organisation space policy framework is also derived from: a. International space-related treaties, laws and guidelines b. Australian domestic laws c. Australian bilateral and multilateral agreements d. National policy and plans e. Defence policies, plans, and guidance f. Defence contracts. 

Space treaties: Australia is a signatory to the:

UNGA Resolution 75/36 on responsible behaviours in space should counsel responsible and consistent language across government. That resolution is a diplomatic way past the international stalemate on space arms control, by encouraging states to identify principles that may

help alleviate the security dilemma in space. 

Australian domestic Space laws:

a. The Space (Launches and Returns) Act, 2018

b. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Act, 2005

c. The Space Activities Regulations, 2002 

d. The Radiocommunications (Australian Space Objects) Determination, 2000

e. The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act (ARPANSA), 1998

and many more! 


Key Terms


The system of rules which a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and which it may enforce by the imposition of penalties.T