How can Australia Best Benefit from the Space Industry?

Location: Melbourne, VIC

Duration: 5 months

Proposed start date: ASAP

PLEASE NOTE: This internship has an assigned Academic Mentor, Dr Graham Dorrington from RMIT University.

Project Background

KPMG is the leading industry consultancy in Australia, for defence, national security and related technologies. KPMG is currently standing up a dedicated Space practice, focusing on the commercial potential for Space-related and Space-enabled technologies to thrive in Australia. KPMG understands that Space-enabled technologies are transforming business practices in two key sectors for Australia – the Extractive Resources and the Agriculture & Livestock sectors.

In partnership with the APR.Intern program, KPMG is proposing to establish a cluster of three PhD researcher internships, as part of a multidisciplinary initiative to conduct research into identifying optimal benefits for Australia from the space industry, following the Australian Government’s 2018 investment in an Australian Space Agency (ASA), with particular reference to the implications for Mining and Agriculture.

To achieve maximum synergy from the researcher team, it is envisaged all three interrelated projects could be presented by the PhD researcher team, as part of a one-day public, KPMG Space Colloquium and Workshop, in conjunction with the ASA, at the conclusion of the internship Program.

In addition, the research findings will enable Thought Leadership publications and presentations under the KPMG banner by practices outside the Defence and National Security sector, namely the Extractive Resources and Agriculture practices.

Research to be Conducted

The research to be undertaken will be conducted and presented through a multidisciplinary team of three researchers, ideally all based in Melbourne, but not necessarily from the same university.  This approach will enable optimal cross pollination of ideas, as well as views and inputs from the PhD candidates’ mentors across several universities.  Research and deliverables of project one, Defence will focus on the following area:

  1. Identifying successful international SMEs that have become viable commercial enterprises in Space-enabled technologies, with the aim of identifying and removing barriers to the growth of similarly successful sovereign SMEs within Australia.

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student with the following:

  • Business Analytics
  • Market Research capabilities
  • Interest and/or knowledge in Space Technologies
  • Strong writing skills
  • Able to work in a multi-disciplinary team

Expected Outcomes

Expected outcomes would include: A publication/final report summarising findings.

A final presentation slide deck and compendium of data to be provided by KPMG, summarising research analysis, findings and recommendations, with the aim of assisting KPMG partners and consultants to informing policy for both industry and government, demonstrating KPMG’s unique grasp of the implications of Space technology for terrestrial industries like Mining and Agriculture.

There may also be opportunities for a KPMG/University team approach to present findings at high-profile industry conferences

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner.  The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

Applications Close

27 March 2019


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