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Be part of AUSTRALIA’S LEADING REGIONAL DEFENCE EVENT and meet the people who are meeting the challenges of a rapidly evolving defence landscape.

August 21-22 / Rydges Resort Hunter Valley

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The Hunter Defence Conference attracts over 220 delegates and keynote speakers from the defence sector nationally. It is unique within regional Australia and key to promoting regional defence industry capability – presenting a strong and unified voice that is heard throughout NSW industry, the NSW Government, nationally, and importantly, by Federal Government representatives.

2024 Hunter Defence Conference

The Hunter Defence Taskforce is excited to have expanded and enhanced the HDC2024 agenda, with new speakers and session formats.

opportunities

We have added more opportunities to hear directly from SMEs working with Defence and Primes, with increased SME presentations and panel discussions across the two-day event. 

direct engagement

The revised agenda includes additional Q&A sessions and new small-scale roundtable discussions enabling delegates to interact directly with our speakers from Government, Defence Leaders and Primes.

tech sessions

New sessions have been added around the technology trends impacting the Defence sector.

FUNDING UPDATES

The latest on Defence funding options will be covered, with updates from both CASG and ODIS. 

networking

We have expanded the networking opportunities with extended breaks, welcome drinks and the very popular Gala Dinner.

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comprehensive

All Defence Forces (Army, Navy, Airforce, and Joint Capabilities) and major Defence Primes will be in attendance providing current information on relevant Defence projects and opportunities for the Hunter region.  
 
The Hon Pat Conroy, Minister for Defence Industry, will be providing the keynote address at the Conference Gala Dinner.

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

DATES

21 - 22 AUGUST

LOCATION

RYDGES HUNTER VALLEY

430 Wine Country Drive,

Lovedale, NSW 2325

WEDNESDAY 21 AUGUST

08:00 - 09:00

EXHIBITORS AND REGISTRATION

The exhibition will run during registration, morning tea, lunch and at the completion of the afternoon session. 

CONFERENCE

WELCOME COCKTAIL EVENT

THURSDAY 22 AUGUST

08:00 - 09:00

EXHIBITORS AND REGISTRATION 

CONFERENCE

The exhibition will run during registration, morning tea, lunch and at the completion of the afternoon session. 

18:30 – Arrival Drinks

19:00 – Gala Dinner Event

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
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disclaimer

  • Conference packages exclude accommodation (see below)
  • 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

thanks to Our hdc 2024 EXHIBITORS

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