"Hear from prominent figures within Defence"

Whilst individual speakers will not be confirmed until after the Federal election – this year’s conference will centre around two themes:

  • Demonstrating the increased SME capabilities: Following the successful roll out of the Defence Ready Seminar Series in 2021, the region is now home to an increased number of SMEs preparing for, entering into, or expanding their capabilities in the Defence market. The conference will providing an excellent opportunity for these organisations to attend, network and potentially take part in speaking opportunities to discuss their experiences – and importantly their capabilities – directly with Defence Primes and other key players
  • Defence plans and projects: Defence capability managers representing all of the major defence projects and contracts will be in attendance at this year’s conference. This provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for delegates to hear the most up-to-date information across all of the available projects, as well as new and upcoming opportunities coming to the region.

Whilst the 2022 format and speakers are being finalised, please see the HDC2021_Conference Agenda_A4 for reference as to the calibre of presenters.

To access to the complete conference event for the three days:

MEMBERS $1,190


Single day passes are also available:



  • A ‘member’ is any organisation that is a Hunter Defence Key Contributor: RDA Hunter, HunterNet, Business Hunter, Australian Industry Group, Australian Industry Defence Network, Industry Capability Network NSW, Hunter Defence Support Network, University of Newcastle, TAFE NSW and NSW Government
  • Conference packages include morning and afternoon tea, Wednesday evening Networking Drinks and the Gala Dinner on the Thursday. All other catering is at the delegate’s own expense
  • Conference packages exclude accommodation
  • Conference tickets are non-refundable but delegates are transferable. Should COVID-19 event compliance requirements change significantly in the lead up to the event, the conference will most likely be postponed and tickets transferred to the new date. If attendees are no longer able to attend the newly proposed date, a refund will be offered (with an administration fee of $79).

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