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The 2nd annual ADM Defence Skilling Summit, hosted by the Tasmanian Government, will be a one-day, high-level, executive gathering of key players from both Defence and Defence Industry. They will address the current and future skills requirements needed for Australia to remain a global player in the Defence space and to deliver and sustain the nation’s future Defence capability.

The Summit will assess current programs and initiatives, look at how academic institutions and training providers are placed to deliver the skillsets of tomorrow; ask what more industry seeks from its education providers; and examine the impediments educators face in producing world-class, industry-ready graduates.

The conference will look at best-case scenarios for the re-skilling and upskilling of the current labour force, and examine ways of getting under-utilised groups to be more productive. How do we attract more women into the Defence industry? Can we be doing more to tap into the experience and know-how of veterans? And, how do we make the modern defence industry inclusive and welcoming to attract the best and the brightest this country can offer?

There are many exciting projects on the horizon for Defence and industry. This Summit will highlight the pathways that need to be taken to ensure that future capability can be delivered and sustained in Australia.

Welcome Reception – 18 September 2023

6pm, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

The perfect way to meet other attendees prior to the conference begins in a relaxed setting.

STEM in Industry Tour – post conference industry tours (free to all delegates and speakers)

Wednesday 20 September 2023

The Southern Tasmania STEM in Industry tour will feature four technically sophisticated SMEs with current defence contracts. Delegates will gain an understanding of the diverse STEM skillsets required by defence industry manufacturers across a range of land, sea and air niches.

The tour will involve:

Tours are complimentary for conference delegates. Transport and catering will be arranged by the Tasmanian Government.

Site Tours

Post Conference site Tours (Free to all Delegates and Speakers)

Thursday 10th November 2022



The Hon Brendan O’Connor MP
Minister for Skills and Training

The Hon Madeleine Ogilvie
Minister for Advanced Manufacturing and Defence Industries

Major General Wade Stothart
Head of Military Personnel – Defence People Group, Department of Defence

Rear Admiral James Lybrand
Commander, Australian Defence College

Michael McCourt
Chief Operating Officer,

Natasha Markham
Leadership Operations,

Deepak Ganga
Head of Program Management,

Alice Beilby
Managing Director, Savanna Solutions (Representing Lendlease and Savanna Solutions)

Maisie Farmer
Head of Talent Acquisition & Workforce Planning, Downer

Anthony Allen

Andrew Balmaks
Noetic Group

Matt Jones
EVP Defence Systems,

Ben Sandow
General Manager,

Malcolm Wise AM
Principal, Australian Maritime College

Dr Fred Bowden
Research Leader Land Capability Analysis – Defence Science & Technology Group, Department of Defence


WELCOME RECEPTION | Monday 18th September 2023



CONFERENCE DAY ONE | Tuesday 19th September 2023


Opening Remarks from the Chair

Brett Ackroyd, Director, Institute for Collaborative Working



The Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, Minister for Skills and Training



The Hon Madeleine Ogilvie, Minister for Advanced Manufacturing and Defence Industries


KEYNOTE ADDRESS| Building a Future-Ready Defence Workforce

  • Initiatives and strategies employed by Defence for enhancing workforce skilling
  • Collaboration and partnerships with industry and educational institutions
  • Reskilling and upskilling of employees

Major General Wade Stothart, Head of Military Personnel -Defence People Group, Department of Defence


Understanding future workforce requirements and adapting educational programs in support of this

  • Challenges predicting and assessing future Defence needs
  • Incorporating emerging technologies into skilling initiatives
  • Attracting and retaining the brightest minds

Rear Admiral James Lybrand, Commander, Australian Defence College


Networking & refreshment break


PANEL | Unique challenges faced by SMEs attracting and retaining skilled workers

  • The impact of limited resources, access to labour markets and skills programs on SMEs
  • Strategies to overcome these challenges such as expansive training programs, collaboration and growing support and funding
  • The importance of SMEs in Defence industry skilling initiatives and job creation

Ben Sandow, General Manager, Elphinstone
Michael McCourt, Chief Operating Officer, Incat
John O’Callaghan, Victorian Defence Industry Advocate


Australian Maritime College

  • Ongoing initiative and programs aimed at supporting future Navy personnel
  • Opportunities and significance of research initiatives
  • Envisioning the composition of the future maritime workforce

Malcolm Wise AM, Principal, Australian Maritime College


Networking & lunch break


Leveraging major Defence projects to deliver social & economic impact for First Nations communities in regional Australia

  • Key success factors in design & delivery of programs that drive local skills capability and sustainable employment on major infrastructure projects
  • Partnerships model for working within local communities
  • Navigating complexities of working in regional locations
  • Partnering with government funding for customised programs

Alice Beilby, Managing Director, Savanna Solutions – Representing Lendlease and Savanna Solutions


KEYNOTE | Defence IS&T Skilling and Workforce Initiatives

  • Strategies to identify skills gaps, assess capabilities and implement skilling initiatives
  • Embracing innovation in technology and adapting training methods to compliment this
  • Promoting inclusivity and developing partnerships

Dr Fred Bowden, Acting Chief for Human & Decision Sciences – Defence Science & Technology Group, Department of Defence


PANEL | Building the Defence sectors workforce pipeline through collaboration between Defence, industry and education

  • Exploring the importance of collaboration in a skilling context
  • Examples of successful multi sector partnerships
  • Strategies for working closer together

Natasha Markham, Leadership Operations, Year13
Maisie Farmer, Head of Talent Acquisition & Workforce Planning, Downer
Andrew Balmaks, CEO, Noetic Group
Deepak Ganga, Head of Program Management, DMTC


Networking & refreshment break


Training Future Information Warfare (IW) Professionals.

  • IW is critical to Australia’s national power.
  • IW professionals are essential in achieving national outcomes.
  • Defence is developing IW capabilities, including IW Officers, to ensure competitiveness in an unstable geopolitical environment.
  • Discuss skilling/training requirements in cognitive, information & physical environments.

Anthony Allen, Director, Elysium


PANEL | The transformative power of technology: What impact will this have on the workforce?            

  • How will technology redefine the skillsets required to work in Defence?
  • What reskilling will current graduates and young employees require in the future?
  • What opportunities does technology offer as a learning & skilling platform?

Matt Jones, EVP Defence Systems, EOS
Anthony Allen, Director, Elysium


Closing Remarks from the Chair


End of Conference & Networking Drinks

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The ADM Defence Skilling Summit presents a unique opportunity to showcase your organisation’s capabilities to an engaged high-level audience. To enquire about the sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available at this event in Hobart, please contact:

Andrew Sinkovich
Sponsorship & Exhibition Sales Manager
e: Andrew.Sinkovich@informa.com.au
t: 02 9080 4308


*SME is defined as organisation with fewer than 200 employees worldwide, including parent company, regardless of structure.

**Local SME – There is a special discount on conference attendance for all not-for-profit organisations & small businesses (less than 20 people) that have originated in Hobart and are not a branch office of a national or international company.

  • Standard rate from 5 August 2023
Packages Standard Rate
Conference pass – Standard Industry Rate $1,295 + GST
Conference pass – Defence/ SME Rate $795 + GST
Conference pass – Local SME Rate $350 + GST
$1,095 + GST

Early Bird


Until 31 July 2023

$695 + GST

Early Bird


Until 31 July 2023

Local SME**
$350 + GST

Early Bird


Until 31 July 2023

$1,295 + GST

Full Rate


From 1 August 2023

Defence and SME Rate*
$795 + GST

Full Rate


From 1 August 2023

Local SME**
$350 + GST

Full Rate


From 1 August 2023


Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
1 Davey St
Hobart TAS 7000
+61 (03) 6235 4535


The Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart has provided a conference rate* for attendees for the nights of the 18-19 September 2023 inclusive.

  • City Side Room – $220 per night, room only
  • Harbour View Room – $270 per night, room only

To book this rate, click here.

* Rooms and rates are subject to availability at the time of booking, we suggest booking early to avoid disappointment

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