The 2024

Conference Agenda - Morning Session

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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. 

wednesday 21 august

EXAMPLE DAY’S THEME: DEFENCE STRATEGIC REVIEW AND AUKUS - Strategy and Capabilities
EMCEE:
Speaker First Name and Last Name
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

wednesday 22 august

EXAMPLE DAY’S THEME: DEFENCE STRATEGIC REVIEW AND AUKUS - Strategy and Capabilities
EMCEE:
Speaker First Name and Last Name
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

Secure your place

$1290

Non-Member

$1190

Member

Inclusions

  • 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
  • Conference packages exclude accommodation
  • Conference packages exclude costs for the Golf Day
    Conference tickets are non-refundable but delegates are transferable
  • 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

tickets on sale - monday may 24

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.

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thanks to Our hdc 2023 sponsors

Latest News

The latest intelligence on events, announcements, trends and developments in the Hunter Region and in Australia’s defence industry.

June 18, 2024

Industry Development Grant (DIDG) program guidelines released

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January 23, 2024

EOIs now open for 2024 events with Team Defence Australia

October 19, 2023

Nupress, Lockheed Martin and Thales set to boost Hunter region defence profile

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