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The Hunter Defence Conference is back bigger and better in 2022!

This year sees the conference extended from two to three days and includes more speakers, content, and opportunities to network with defence primes, SMEs, academia, and the Department of Defence. We are also pleased to announce the inclusion of an exhibition component in 2022, providing an opportunity for those working with – or wanting to work with Defence – a chance to directly showcase their offerings.

Thank you to our conference sponsors:



31 AUGUST - 2  SEPTEMBER 2022

Taking place in the picturesque Hunter Valley, within the superb facilities of the Crowne Plaza.

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 31

  • Registrations and Networking from 9am
  • Conference Sessions 10:15am – 3:50pm
  • Exhibition Space Active
    • 9am – 10am; 12:30 - 1:30pm; 3pm - 3:30pm; 4:45pm - 6pm
  • Casual Networking Drinks - 6pm

DAY 2: THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1

  • Registrations and Networking from 8am
  • Conference Sessions 9am – 4pm
  • Exhibition Space Active
    • 8am – 9am, 10:30pm - 11am, 1:10pm - 2:30pm, 4:20pm - 6pm
  • Formal Networking Drinks 5:30pm – 7pm
  • Gala Dinner from 7pm

DAY 3: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2

  • Registrations and Networking from 8:30am
  • Conference Sessions 8:45am – 12pm
  • Exhibition Space Active
    • 8:30am – 8:45am, 10am - 10:30am, 12:30pm - Close

Note: bump out for the exhibition to be completed by 2:30pm September 2


MC for the event Katherine Ziesing, Strategic Communications Manager, Hanwha Defense Australia 

  • Conference Welcome and MC Introduction
  • MC Overview of Conference
  • Introduction to the Office of Defence Industry Support (ODIS)
  • An SME Showcase and Panel Discussion
  • Growing your business in Defence market: From SME to Australian Prime
  • Working with Defence - Challenges, Pathways and Opportunities
  • Unpacking Defence Contracts + Essentials for your Defence Business 
  • BAE Systems - Regional Support Hub + SME Partnerships
  • Finding Opportunities through Defence Estate and Infrastructure 
  • Training Services NSW Hunter - Skilling for Recovery and Industry Workforce Partnerships Programs
  • Support Opportunities for Regional SMEs
  • Tapping into a Greater Workforce Potential

  • MC Welcome
  • Introduction
  • Sovereign Defence and Aerospace - Whole of NSW Solution – Panel Discussion
  • Specific overview sessions for:
  • Nuclear Submarine
  • Army Capability
  • Navy Capability
  • Air Force
  • Information Warfare
  • Plus a Capability Roundtable and Q&A
  • Defence and Aerospace Futures
  • Astra Aerolab Precinct
  • Space Systems Development - Australian Industry Perspective
  • BAE Systems - Supply Chain and Regional Footprint
  • Williamtown Special Activation Precinct (SAP)
  • Keynote address from The Hon Alister Henskens MP (NSW Government) at the Formal Networking Drinks
  • Keynote address from The Hon Pat Conroy MP, Minister for Defence Industry at the Gala Dinner: Force Structure Update and Australian Defence Industry

  • MC Welcome
  • Way Forward Regional Footprint Presentations from:
  • Mr Warren McDonald, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand
  • Mr Scott Carpendale, VP/Managing Director at Boeing Defence Australia Ltd 
  • Mr Adam Waldie, Director Underwater Systems, Thales Defense
  • Mr Tim Pickford, Director Of Strategy and Business Development, Hanwha Defence Australia
  • Leolabs
  • University of Newcastle/Hunter TAFE – WLM Aerospace Academy Development
  • Hunter Defence Support Network
  • Conference Wrap Up

You can access the full agenda and speaker list HERE. 


Tickets on sale now! 

MEMBERS $1,190 | NON-MEMBERS $1,290

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.

Single day passes are also available:

MEMBERS $500 | NON-MEMBERS $600

Please note the single day passes do not include attendance at Networking Drinks or Gala Dinner. 

GALA DINNER AND NETWORKING DRINKS $220

A limited amount of tickets have been released for those within organisations that would like to bring additional guests to the Gala Dinner on Thursday 1 September. 


ACCOMMODATION

Conference packages exclude accommodation. With less than two weeks to go, if you're looking for a room, you're best to call Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley direct via (02) 4991 0000.


2021 Highlights

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  • A ‘member’ is any organisation that is a Hunter Defence Key Stakeholder: 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 the 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. To view and arrange your accommodation, call Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley direct via (02) 4991 0000.
  • Single day passes do not include attendance at Networking Drinks or Gala Dinner.
  • Conference tickets are non-refundable but delegates are transferable.

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