"Bringing defence primes, NSW SMEs, senior politicians, academia, and the Department of Defence senior capability managers together."

We thank all 2022 Hunter Defence Conference ticket holders for supporting the event and also our conference sponsors and supporters, without which we would not be able to assemble such an impressive list of speakers and corporate hospitality. Your support of this year’s conference will again allow us to make donations to Veteran based charities.

The Hunter Defence Conference has quickly become one of Australia’s premier defence events in terms of program quality and value for money, further evidenced in 2022 with the addition of an exhibition component which will feature over 20 leading organisations across the Defence Industry in the Hunter. We are also honoured to have The Hon Pat Conroy, Minister for Defence Industry, join us as the keynote speaker for the Gala Dinner. Minister Conroy’s attendance is further testament to the interest and opportunities that exist for the Hunter region.

The Hunter is in the unique position of having existing industry strengths across key Defence capability areas. Our air combat capability is clear and there is already significant skills and investment happening in this area. We have defence primes located here, which means the region can expand into land, cyber and space as well as contribute significantly to the growing east coast naval presence. Our port and harbour facilities, with the associated maritime businesses, also means there is the infrastructure and expertise locally to support a large naval presence - having sea-based capability within 20 kilometres of an air combat base certainly gives the Hunter a competitive advantage in this space.

Hunter Defence would like to thank everyone who attended this year's conference and helped to make it a success.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2023!

2021 HIGHLIGHTS

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Platinum Sponsors

NSW Government

Defence and Aerospace NSW is a dedicated team in the NSW Government, responsible for creating the conditions for sustainable, technologically advanced, and globally competitive defence and aerospace industries.

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Newcastle Airport

Providing air travel to our region for more than 70 years. We're passionate about delivering our purpose of being the airport our region deserves.

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Astra Aerolab

The world's most uplifting defence, aerospace and innovation precinct - a powerful activation of human potential.

Where world leading defence, research, aerospace and industry partners converge to elevate performance.

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with thanks to our other sponsors

Lockheed Martin

An Australian company that is engaged in the integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains.

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KPMG

With a worldwide presence, KPMG continues to build on our member firms' successes thanks to our clear vision, maintained values, and our people.

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Newcastle Office Interiors

Newcastle Office Interiors (NOI) offers professional Commercial Fit Out, Refurbishment and Office Furniture services in Newcastle, surrounding areas and Nationally.

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Stotts Industrial

Stott Industrial is a Newcastle based business offering quality product solutions since the 1990’s. Stott Industrial prides itself on the delivery of quality solutions that satisfy their customers’ demands.

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Varley

Varley was established in 1886 and is one of Australia's oldest and most advanced engineering and manufacturing companies.

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Thales

Thales Australia is a trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force and is also present in commercial sectors ranging from air traffic management and ground transport systems to security systems and services.

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BAE Systems

Australia's most versatile defence and security company.

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University Of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle, Australia is a world-class university with a strong focus on student experience, excellence in teaching, and research.

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Bamba Burralgas

Bamba Burralgas Pty Ltd (BBPL) is an Aboriginal owned and operated family Company based in Newcastle NSW and servicing clients across NSW and nationally.

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Precinct 52

Precinct 52 is the next stage of the Williamtown Aerospace Centre (WAC), Australia’s premier Defence Technology estate.

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