Hunter Defence


**Update 8/3/21 – The Hunter Defence Conference Event is now live! Find out all the details on the event page by clicking here.**

Bringing defence primes, NSW SMEs, academia and the Department of Defence together, the dates and venue for the Hunter Defence Conference 2021 have now been announced.

This year’s event will be held 22-23 April at the award-winning Crown Plaza Hunter Valley.

We’re so pleased that the event is going ahead, after the 2020 conference was regretfully cancelled due to COVID-19. While we’ve continued our efforts online, nothing beats the opportunity to exchange information and ideas to push the industry forward, face-to-face.

The line-up for the 2021 Hunter Defence Conference is looking as strong as ever. Those attending the event can expect two full days of interactive panel discussions and presentations as well as plenty of networking opportunities – including a sit-down dinner on the Thursday evening.

Once again, proceeds from the event will be donated to charities in support of local veterans.


Day one: Thursday 22 April 2021

“Skilling & Workforce Readiness Symposium”

Defence and defence industry leaders will explore the current and future skills needed to build a workforce that will deliver the Hunter’s contribution to the national capability challenge. Themes include:

  • Current and future workforce profiles
  • Measuring needs and matching skills
  • Regional collaboration and coordination
  • Local solutions: Proactive readiness programs
  • Demonstrating existing skilling programs and current capacity

Day two: Friday 23 April 2021

“Force Structure Update & Integrated Investment Plan Opportunities”

Defence and airspace experts, including ministers and primes, will deliver updates on the defence industry today as well as discuss investment plan opportunities. The day will begin and end with networking opportunities and includes a pre-lunch capability roundtable Q&A.

Speakers will include ministers, primes, the UON and other prominent industry leaders. The full line up with be announced soon.

Event: Hunter Defence Conference 2021

Date: 22-23 April

Venue: Crown Plaza Hunter Valley

Tickets on sale: Click here to secure yours 

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