Decadal plan for Australian astronomy 2016–2025: Mid-term review


Australia in the era of global astronomy: The decadal plan for Australian astronomy 2016–2025 was published in July 2015 and presents the strategic vision for Australian astronomy for the next decade.

The plan is based on the reports of 11 working groups, comprising over 150 astronomers, engineers and educators from over 30 Australian institutions across all states and the ACT, in a process run by the Academy's National Committee for Astronomy during 2014 and 2015.

The document follows on from the success of the committee's 2006 plan, New horizons: a decadal plan for Australian astronomy 2006–15. This publication was highly influential in presenting the community's vision to stakeholders outside the research sector, including key stakeholder the Australian Government and industrial and research partners nationally and internationally.

The National Committee for Astronomy is undertaking a review of the plan in 2019-20. The committee will consult widely with the Australian astronomy community and expect to launch the report in July 2020.

This page will be updated regularly as the review progresses.

Consultation now Closed

Submissions on the consultation draft have now closed. If you would like to provide additional feedback please contact the committee via or the Chair, Professor Lister Staveley-Smith. The mid-term review will be launched at the ASA virtual meeting on Wednesday 8 July. More details will be posted closer to the date.

October 2019 white papers and facility papers

Review documents

Mid-term Review Committees


June 2019

Capabilities and Opportunities paper presented to National Committee for Astronomy

July 2019

Mid-term Review Committee finalised

July 2019

Mid-term review consultation begins at 2019 ASA meeting

Aug–Oct 2019

White papers commissions and developed

Aug–Oct 2019


Sept–Oct 2019

Townhall meetings

Nov 2019–Feb 2020

Mid-term review draft prepared

Mar–Jun 2020

Community consultation

July 2020

Mid-term review finalised by the National Committee for Astronomy


If you have specific input or would like to engage with the committee please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of the committee members familiar with your area of interest via the contact below:

Meaghan Dzundza (Manager National Committees for Science)

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