With the ever-strengthening ties between the Republic of Korea and Australia, this one-day policy-driven conference will assess future capability requirements for both the Korean and Australian Defence forces.

Australia has had close ties with the Republic of Korea (ROK) for many years. 17,000 Australians fought in the 1950-53 Korean war. That bond is growing, particularly in the procurement of defence capability. In 2023 Hanwha became the first Asian company to win a multi-billion dollar Australian defence contract. In October last year the ROK Minister of National Defense met with the Australian Defence Minister to reaffirm the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the two countries. The Ministers emphasised that the Australia-ROK defence relationship continues to develop in a positive direction based on shared strategic interests. They exchanged signed MOUs between the ROK Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Navy, and the Royal Australian Air Force to create opportunities for increased interoperability and more complex military exercises.

ADM Events, a partnership between the Australian Defence Magazine, and Informa Connect, the world’s largest organizer of business events, will produce this important and timely conference which will bring together leading prime Defence contractors, their supply chain SMEs and senior personnel from the Defence forces and Departmental staff from both Australia and the Republic of Korea.




Julie Quinn
Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Seoul, AUSTRADE

The Hon Christopher Pyne
Chair, Pyne & Partners and former Minister for Defence and Defence Industry, Australia

Yong-Jun Choi
Secretary General, Korean Defense Diplomacy Association

Prof Wooyeal Paik
Director, Centre for Security Strategy, Yonsei University


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Tuesday 7th May 2024

Enjoy the picturesque surroundings and gorgeous view of the Darwin horizon at Parliament House as the Chief Minister welcomes attendees to the 10th Annual ADM Northern Australia Defence Summit.

Hosted by: The Hon Eva Lawler MLA, Chief Minister, Northern Territory Government

17:30 – 19:00 | Main Hall, Parliament House

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Chief Minister’s Welcome Address

The Hon Eva Lawler MLA, Chief Minister, Northern Territory Government



Registration opens

You can collect your name badge at the Welcome Reception and fast track your entry into the Summit.





Ewen Levick, Publisher, Australian Defence Magazine


OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Jason Miezio, Defence Sector Lead, Sitzler



The Hon Eva Lawler MLA, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory



The Hon Pat Conroy MP, Minister for Defence Industry & Minister for International Development and the Pacific



The Hon Pat Conroy MP, Minister for Defence Industry & Minister for International Development and the Pacific
Interviewer: Ewen Levick, Publisher, Australian Defence Magazine


PANEL | Enhancing Regional Development and Collaboration Across Infrastructure Projects

  • Outlining the North’s current capacity to support infrastructure projects
  • Including sustainability into planning and construction
  • The value of infrastructure to the region

Stephen Land, Chief Investment Officer, The Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)
Sudantha Hettiarachchi, National Design Leader – Defence, Multiplex
Matthew Niikkula, Shire President of Exmouth & Chair, North West Defence Alliance
Giovina D’Alessandro, Deputy Infrastructure Commissioner of the Northern Territory
Moderator: TBC


Morning Tea & Networking Break



The Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP, Assistant Minister for Defence


KEYNOTE | Defence infrastructure initiatives across Northern Australia

  • Analysis of Defence expenditure across the North
  • Upgrading of existing Defence facilities
  • Project timelines and anticipated results
  • Benefits to local communities and industry

AIRCDRE Ron Tilley, Director General Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Branch, Department of Defence



The Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP, Assistant Minister for Defence
AIRCDRE Ron Tilley, Director General Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Branch, Department of Defence


CASE STUDY | Current and future infrastructure projects of Sitzler

Ricky Yates, Project Director – Defence, Sitzler
Des Marsh, Contractors Representative, Sitzler


PANEL | Creative funding and financing for future Defence projects

  • Encouraging private investment into the defence industry sector
  • Defence as an investment category and asset class
  • The potential contribution of superannuation funds to financing defence programs

Peter Colacino, Project Strategy & Delivery Lead, Mott MacDonald
Mark Stevens, Managing Director, Arican
Matthew Biviano, Executive Director, Plenary
Moderator: Dr Alan Dupont AO, Northern Territory Defence and National Security Advisor





Phil Thompson OAM, MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence


PANEL | Addressing challenges in local industry: Engaging with Northern Australia’s Defence sector

  • Successful strategies for integrating into defence supply chains
  • Overcoming entry barriers and establishing a foothold in defence
  • Fostering innovation and technology
  • Future growth areas and partnership opportunities

Jim Walker, Chapter President, AIDN NT
Anthony Weymouth, Head of Defence, Space & Advanced Manufacturing, AUSTRADE
Lia Finocchiaro MLA, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Strategic Defence Relations
Moderator: TBC


CASE STUDY | Defence of the North of Australia with sovereign USVs 

  • Renewable energy powered sea surface drones – powered by sun, wind and waves
  • Long duration persistent surveillance, remote from mainland
  • Above and below water sensors for ISR and ASW
  • Proven capability with an effect
  • Integrate with and complement crewed assets
  • Approved by AMSA, launched from Darwin

Robert Dane, Chief Executive Officer, Ocius Technology


Navigating Asia-Pacific Geo-Politics: Implications for Northern Australia

  • Strategic engagement amidst a growing US-China rivalry
  • Security challenges and dynamics in the region
  • Northern Australia’s role within the region
  • Defence capability and economic integration

Dr John Coyne, Head of the Northern Australia Strategic Policy Centre, ASPI
Dr Victor Abramowicz, Manger for Defence & Advanced Manufacturing, Charles Darwin University
LTGEN (ret’d) Shigeki Muto, Japanese Air Self Defense Force & Japan Lead for the NT National Security Advisory Group
Moderator: Dr Alan Dupont AO, Northern Territory Defence and National Security Advisor


Afternoon Tea


CASE STUDY | Delivering maintenance and sustainment projects across Northern Australia: Challenges and opportunities

  • Collaborating with local industry
  • Unique environmental and geographical challenges
  • Workforce and skills requirements
  • Managing risk and uncertainties

Georgia Davey, Program Manager, NORSTA Maritime


PANEL | Specific Challenges Operating Defence Bases in the North

  • Unique constraints of the Northern Environment
  • Logistics and supply chains
  • Indigenous engagement and cultural sensitivities

BRIG Doug Pashley, Commander, 1st Brigade
CAPT Mitch Livingstone, Commander, NORCOM
CAPT David Shirvington, Commanding Officer, HMAS Coonawarra

WGCDR Lauren Guest, Commanding Officer, 13th Squadron


Closing Remarks from the Chair

Jason Miezio, Defence Sector Lead, Sitzler


End of Conference & Networking Drinks


  • Early bird rate expires 31 July 2024
  • SME defined as companies employing less than 200 people worldwide

ROK Armed Forces, Australian Defence Force, Ministry of National Defense, Australian Department of Defence attend for free. Please register for pass by emailing info@informa.com.au. (please use business email address when contacting to register)

Packages Early Bird Rate Full Rate
Conference pass – Standard Industry Rate US$995 US$1,195
Conference pass – SME Defence Contractors US$595 US$695


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