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2024 hunter defence conference agenda

The program for the 2024 Hunter Defence Conference is outlined below.  Speakers and topics are subject to change. 

Day One

wednesday 21 august

Defence Investment, Capability Development and Working with Defence Primes
EMCEE:
Ms Katherine Ziesing
Sessions
Day One

08:00

Registrations Open and Visit Exhibition

  • Networking Time
Day One

09:00

Conference Welcome and Emcee Introduction

  • Tim Owen
Chair ‑ Hunter Defence Task Force
Hunter Defence
Day One

09:05

Welcome to Country

  • Brad Twynham
Author, Speaker, Business Strategist
Day One

09:15

Emcee Overview of the Conference

  • Katherine Ziesing
Strategic Communications Manager
Hanwha Defence Australia
Day One

09:25

NSW Government Welcome

  • The Hon. Chris Minns, MP
Premier of NSW
Day One

09:40

Newcastle Airport – Astra Aerolab: Defence, Aerospace and Innovation Precinct

  • Dr Peter Cock
Chief Executive Officer
Newcastle Airport and Astra Aerolab
Day One

09:55

CASG Internal Defence Perspective on Way Forward and Alignment with NDS/Budget/IIP/DIPS

  • To Be Confirmed
Deputy Secretary
CASG
Day One

10:25

External Perspective on Defence’s Proposed Way Forward and Alignment with NDS/Budget/IIP/DIPS

  • Michael Shoebridge
Defence Sector Expert
Strategic Analysis Australia
Day One

11:05

BREAK: Morning tea and exhibition

  • Networking Time
Day One

11:30

ADF Capability Roundtable and Q&A

  • Moderated by Katherine Ziesing
Joint Capabilities Representative (TBC); Navy Capability Representative (TBC); Head of Aerospace Systems AVM Graham Edwards; Head of Army Capability MGEN Richard Vagg
Day One

08:00

Registrations Open and Visit Exhibition

  • Networking Time
Day One

09:00

Conference Welcome and Emcee Introduction

  • Tim Owen
Chair ‑ Hunter Defence Task Force
Hunter Defence
Day One

09:05

Welcome to Country

  • Brad Twynham
Author, Speaker, Business Strategist
Day One

09:15

Emcee Overview of the Conference

  • Katherine Ziesing
Strategic Communications Manager
Hanwha Defence Australia
Day One

09:25

NSW Government Welcome

  • The Hon. Chris Minns, MP
Premier of NSW
Day One

09:40

Newcastle Airport – Astra Aerolab: Defence, Aerospace and Innovation Precinct

  • Dr Peter Cock
Chief Executive Officer
Newcastle Airport and Astra Aerolab
Day One

09:55

CASG Internal Defence Perspective on Way Forward and Alignment with NDS/Budget/IIP/DIPS

  • To Be Confirmed
Deputy Secretary
CASG
Day One

10:25

External Perspective on Defence’s Proposed Way Forward and Alignment with NDS/Budget/IIP/DIPS

  • Michael Shoebridge
Defence Sector Expert
Strategic Analysis Australia
Day One

11:05

BREAK: Morning tea and exhibition

  • Networking Time
Day One

11:30

ADF Capability Roundtable and Q&A

  • Moderated by Katherine Ziesing
Joint Capabilities Representative (TBC); Navy Capability Representative (TBC); Head of Aerospace Systems AVM Graham Edwards; Head of Army Capability MGEN Richard Vagg
Day One

12:45

BREAK: Lunch and Exhibition

  • Networking Time
Day One

13:45

Defence Prime Panel

  • IIP, Projects and Budget Impact
BAE Systems Australia: Andrew Chapman (Director Aerospace); Boeing Defence Australia: Amy List (Managing Director), Lockheed Martin Australia: Warren McDonald (Chief Executive); Hanwha Defense Australia: Susanne Multerer (Head Industrial Development)
Day One

15:00

BREAK: Afternoon Tea

  • Networking Time
Day One

15:15

Networking with Primes and Defence Leaders

  • 2 x 30 Minute Small Group Discussions
Day One

16:30

Welcome Cocktail Event and Exhibition

  • Networking Time
Sponsored by Built

Day Two

thursday 22 august

Defence Technology, Industry Support and SME Compatibility
EMCEE:
Ms Katherine Ziesing
Sessions
Day Two

08:00

Registrations Open and Visit Exhibition

  • Networking Time
Day Two

09:00

AUKUS Update

  • A perspective from the USA
Interview between The Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon (Former Minister for Defence) and H.E. The Hon. Kevin Rudd (Australia's Ambassador to the United States). Mr Rudd will be appearing virtually.
Day Two

10:00

Defence and Technology: Sub-Surface Capabilities

  • Moderated by Katherine Ziesing
Anduril Australia & Asia Pacific: David Goodrich (Executive Chairman & Chief Executive); Australian Submarine Authority (TBD)
Day Two

10:55

BREAK: Morning tea and exhibition

  • Networking Time
Day Two

11:30

Funding Options for Your Growing Defence Business – Panel Discussion

  • Moderated by Allan Aaron
Industry Advisor (TBD); Hunter Angels: Prem Chand (MD ananda advisory and Chair Hunter Angels Limited); Commonwealth Bank Australia: Paul Cragg (Executive Manager Hunter & Central Coast)
Day Two

12:20

Workforce Skills Future Survey Update

  • Tim Owen
Chair ‑ Hunter Defence Task Force
Hunter Defence
Day Two

12:30

BREAK: Lunch and Exhibition

  • Networking Time
Day Two

13:30

AI and Related Trends Impacting Us All

  • Prof. Toby Walsh
Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence
University of New South Wales and CSIRO’s Data61
Day Two

14:30

SME Industry Panel

  • Moderated by Katherine Ziesing
Bale Defence: Link Bale (Managing Director); Birdon: Joe Smith (GM Defence); NuPress: Craig McWilliam (Chief Executive)
Day Two

15:30

Conference Wrap Up

  • Tim Owen
Chair ‑ Hunter Defence Task Force
Hunter Defence
Day Two

08:00

Registrations Open and Visit Exhibition

  • Networking Time
Day Two

09:00

AUKUS Update

  • A perspective from the USA
Interview between The Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon (Former Minister for Defence) and H.E. The Hon. Kevin Rudd (Australia's Ambassador to the United States). Mr Rudd will be appearing virtually.
Day Two

10:00

Defence and Technology: Sub-Surface Capabilities

  • Moderated by Katherine Ziesing
Anduril Australia & Asia Pacific: David Goodrich (Executive Chairman & Chief Executive); Australian Submarine Authority (TBD)
Day Two

10:55

BREAK: Morning tea and exhibition

  • Networking Time
Day Two

11:30

Funding Options for Your Growing Defence Business – Panel Discussion

  • Moderated by Allan Aaron
Industry Advisor (TBD); Hunter Angels: Prem Chand (MD ananda advisory and Chair Hunter Angels Limited); Commonwealth Bank Australia: Paul Cragg (Executive Manager Hunter & Central Coast)
Day Two

12:20

Workforce Skills Future Survey Update

  • Tim Owen
Chair ‑ Hunter Defence Task Force
Hunter Defence
Day Two

12:30

BREAK: Lunch and Exhibition

  • Networking Time
Day Two

13:30

AI and Related Trends Impacting Us All

  • Prof. Toby Walsh
Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence
University of New South Wales and CSIRO’s Data61
Day Two

14:30

SME Industry Panel

  • Moderated by Katherine Ziesing
Bale Defence: Link Bale (Managing Director); Birdon: Joe Smith (GM Defence); NuPress: Craig McWilliam (Chief Executive)
Day Two

15:30

Conference Wrap Up

  • Tim Owen
Chair ‑ Hunter Defence Task Force
Hunter Defence
Day Two

18:30

Gala Dinner – Arrival Drinks

  • Networking Time
Sponsored by Lockheed Martin
Day Two

19:00

Gala Dinner

  • The Hon Pat Conroy MP
Minister for Defence Industry, Australian Government
Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

secure your place

non-member

$ 1290 + GST
  • Access to the complete conference event for the two days
  • Conference packages include morning tea, lunch, the Wednesday evening cocktail event and the Thursday evening Gala Dinner. All other catering is at the delegate’s own expense

member

$ 1190 + GST
  • Access to the complete conference event for the two days
  • Conference packages include morning tea, lunch, the Wednesday evening cocktail event and the Thursday evening Gala Dinner. All other catering is at the delegate’s own expense
best value

disclaimer

  • Conference packages exclude accommodation
  • Conference tickets are non-refundable but delegates are transferable

    WHAT IS A MEMBER?

    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, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, and the NSW Government 

accommodation

Delegates, sponsors, exhibitors and speakers can access Hunter Defence Conference rates from the Rydges website:

  • Enter your date range (20-23 August) and guest numbers 
  • Click ‘I have a code‘ 
  • Enter code 2408HD in the ‘Block Code‘ field
  • Click ‘Check Rooms‘ and your rates will appear on the screen.

sponsorship and 
exhibition opportunities

There are a range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available for the 2024 conference. Simply download the prospectus for full details or contact Merran Wiggins via merranw@travelmanagers.com.au
or 0414 599 636 to discuss your requirements. 

thanks to Our hdc 2024 sponsors

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