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

After a highly successful and sold-out 2021, the Hunter Defence Conference is back bigger and better in 2022!

This year sees the conference extended from two (2) to three (3) days to include 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. Find out more in the “For Exhibitors” section below.


Crown Plaza Hunter Valley

Wednesday 31 August – Friday 2 September 2022

Tickets are now available for purchase.

Details on specific speakers and sessions will be released over the coming months.

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This year’s conference will centre around two key areas:

  • Demonstrating the increased SME capabilities: Following the successful roll out of the Defence Ready Seminar Series in 2021, the region is now home to an increased number of SMEs preparing for, entering into, or expanding their capabilities in the Defence market. The conference will providing an excellent opportunity for these organisations to attend, network and potentially take part in speaking opportunities to discuss their experiences – and importantly their capabilities – directly with Defence Primes and other key players
  • Defence plans and projects: Defence capability managers representing all of the major defence projects and contracts will be in attendance at this year’s conference. This provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for delegates to hear the most up-to-date information across all of the available projects, as well as new and upcoming opportunities coming to the region.
  • Registrations and Networking from 8:30am
  • Conference Sessions 9am – 4pm
  • Exhibition Open 8:30 – 4:30pm
    • Note: bump in for the exhibition commences 3pm - 6pm Tuesday, August 30
  • Casual Networking Drinks 4:30pm – 6pm
  • Registrations and Networking from 8:30am
  • Conference Sessions 9am – 4pm
  • Exhibition Open 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Formal Networking Drinks 6pm – 7:30pm
  • Gala Dinner from 7:30pm
  • Registrations and Networking from 8:30am
  • Conference Sessions 9am – 2pm
  • Exhibition Open 8:30am – 12pm
    • Note: bump out for the exhibition to be completed by 5pm September 2



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