Overview

27th August

09:00 – 13:00 Collaborative Leadership for AUKUS Success Workshop
led by Allan Ryan, Executive Director, Hargraves Institute

13:00 DEFENCE EXPORT CONTROLS INFORMATION SESSION

Led by Emily Hall, Assistant Secretary, Defence Export Control, Department of Defence

Regulatory Amendments and Compliance Support

Defence Export Controls will introduce the key changes that are occurring to Australia’s Defence Export Controls framework resulting from the new Defence Trade Controls Amendment Act 2024.

More information coming soon.

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17:30 Welcome Reception sponsored by Lendlease

28th August

The South Australian Defence Summit

08:30 Plenary Sessions including

The Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP, Asssitant Minister for Defence
The Hon Stephen Mullighan MP, Treasurer and Minister for Defence and Space Industries, South Australia
Jim McDowell, Deputy Secretary Naval Shipbuilding and Sustainment, Department of Defence
Prof Emily Hilder, Head, Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator, Department of Defence

11:30 Stream A: Delivering Defence Capability including

Kate van Hilst, First Assistant Director General – SSN Construction, Australian Submarine Agency

11:30 Stream B: Defence Research and Innovation hosted by Uni SA including

Dr Sylvie Perreau, Chief Sensors and Effectors Division, DSTG

17:00 Networking Drinks

29th August

09:00 – 13:00 DAIRNet Defence AI Symposium

Dr Mel McDowall, Director, Defence Artificial Intelligence Research Network
Dr Ralph Gailis, specialist science advisor for ai, DSTG
Assoc Prof Belinda Chiera, Deputy Director, Industrial AI Research Centre, University of South Australia
Dr Dave Ormrod, Enterprise Fellow & Military Veteran, University of South Australia
WGCDR Andrew McCarron, Commanding Officer 462 Squadron, Defence Cyber Warfare, Joint Capabilities Group, Department of Defence

Speakers


The Hon Matt Thistlethwaite
Assistant Minister for Defence


Jim McDowell
Deputy Secretary Naval Shipbuilding and Sustainment, Department of Defence


Kate van Hilst
First Assistant Director General – SSN Construction, Australian Submarine Agency


The Hon Stephen Mullighan MP
Treasurer and Minister for Defence and Space Industries, South Australia


Suneel Randhawa
Chief Information Sciences Division, DSTG


Prof Emily Hilder
Head, Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator, Department of Defence


Dr Sylvie Perreau
Chief Sensors and Effectors Division, DSTG


Emily Hall
Assistant Secretary, Defence Export Control, Department of Defence


LTCOL Jake Penley
Commanding Officer 1st Armoured Regiment, Australian Army


WGCDR Andrew McCarron
Commanding Officer 462 Squadron, Defence Cyber Warfare, Joint Capabilities Group, Department of Defence


LTCOL Sharon Mascall-Dare OAM PhD
Cognitive and Information Warfare Directorate, Australian Defence Force


Mia Romeo
Regional Manager, Department of Commerce, Maryland USA


Dylan Jones
Director, Office for AUKUS,
Department of Premier and Cabinet


Matt Opie
Chief Executive,
Defence SA


Tim Tape
Development Director,
Renewal SA


Callan Markwick
Executive Director, Industry and Workforce Capability, Department for Industry, Innovation and Science, South Australia


Mike Humphreys
Director, Pillar 1 (AUKUS), HII Australia


Rachel Botting
Head of People and Culture, ASC


Gary Stewart
Chief Executive Australia Sector,
Qinetiq


Matthew Theoharous
Executive General Manager,
Lendlease


Bryn Jones
Managing Director,
entX


Dr James Palmer
CEO,
Silentium Defence


Libby Day
CEO, Defence Teaming Centre


Ben Knabe
Director, Product Support, Training and Maintenance (PST&M) Capability, Boeing


Dr Mel McDowall
Director, Defence Artificial Intelligence Research Network


Dr Robert Hunjet
Associate Professor, Program Leader – Australian Defence Science and Universities Network, Defence Science and Technology Group


Dr Ralph Gailis
Specialist Science Advisor for AI,
DSTG


Sumen Rai
Director, Defence Innovation Partnership


Prof Emma Thomas
Matthew Flanders Professor, College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, Flinders University


Brad West
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of South Australia


Mel Slater
Director Maritime, Defence SA


Nick Howie
Director of Strategic Industry Partnership (Defence & Space), TAFE SA


Dr Damien Spry
Senior Researcher, DSTG


Tim Haden
Director Origination, Australian Business Growth Fund


Kirsten Bernhardt
Investment Manager, South Australia Venture Capital Fund


Mark Stevens
Managing Partner, Periscope Partners


Prof Colin Hall
Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia


Assoc Prof Belinda Chiera
Deputy Director, Industrial AI Research Centre, University of South Australia


Prof Siobhan Banks
Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre, University of South Australia


Distinguished Prof Saeid Nahavandi
Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief of Defence Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology


Dr Dave Ormrod
Enterprise Fellow & military veteran, University of South Australia


Prof Drew Evans
Professorial Lead, Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia


Allan Ryan
Executive Director, Hargraves Institute


Graham Priestnall
President,
AIDN South Australia

Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Coffee Cart sponsor

Welcome Reception Sponsor

Collaborative Leadership for AUKUS Success:

Workshop Details:
Title: Working Better Together – Collaborative Leadership for AUKUS Success
Date: 27 August 2024
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Speaker: Allan Ryan, Executive Director, Hargraves Institute

Workshop is limited to 24 leaders

Workshop Overview:
In a world that thrives on collaboration, it is crucial to understand the barriers faced by industry, government, and academia in working together effectively. This workshop aims to identify these challenges and provide participants with the tools and strategies to excel in the AUKUS supply chain as trusted partners and valued collaborators.

Through engaging discussions and hands-on activities, you will explore the concept of collaborative leadership and learn how to adapt it to your organisation’s unique needs. With a focus on competing in collaborative supply chains for AUKUS, you will gain insights into fostering better internal, local, and international collaboration.

Allan Ryan, Executive Director of Hargraves Institute, brings his extensive research and experience in making collaboration a competitive advantage for businesses globally. Join Allan and fellow leaders in this unique opportunity to expand your capabilities, gain practical tools, and empower your teams to adopt collaborative practices that drive success.

By attending this workshop you will:

  • Identify what collaborative leadership means to your organisation
  • Understand how to better compete in collaborative supply chains for AUKUS
  • Explore tools for better collaboration internally, locally and internationally
  • Takeaway a toolkit to engage your team with collaborative practices

Defence Trade Controls Amendment Act 2024 Forum

27th August

13:00 DEFENCE EXPORT CONTROLS INFORMATION SESSION

Regulatory Amendments and Compliance Support

Defence Export Controls will introduce the key changes that are occurring to Australia’s Defence Export Controls framework resulting from the new Defence Trade Controls Amendment Act 2024.

More information coming soon.

FORUM REGO

CONFERENCE AGENDA 28th August

08:20

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

08:30

State Government Address |

Stephen Mullighan MP, Treasurer and Minister for Defence and Space Industries, South Australia

08:50

How South Australia is best placed to deliver future capability for Australia’s fighting forces.

  • Building on the advantages of our world-class research, innovative delivery, and highly skilled workforce
  • Addressing the key challenges for future growth in South Australia’s Defence sector
  • Easing the path for SA contractors to access global supply chains

Matt Opie, Chief Executive, Defence SA

09:10

International Address: Accessing US Supply Chains

  • Implications of the South Australia and Maryland AUKUS pact
  • A collaborated approach to developing the skilled defence workforce
  • Connecting South Australian companies with US organisations with shared areas of expertise
  • Developing common research projects

Mia Romeo, Regional Manager, Department of Commerce, Maryland USA   

09:30

Federal Government Address |

The Hon Matt Thistlethwaite, Assistant Minister for Defence

10:00

Keynote Address: The Future of Naval Shipbuilding and South Australia’s role in this

  • Implications of the Enhanced Lethality Surface Combatant review
  • Sustaining over 2,000 jobs and creating at least 500 more positions over the next decade
  • Pipeline for the construction of the Hunter Class at Osborne
  • The planned Hobart class destroyer capability enhancement upgrade
  • Future destroyer replacement
  • South Australia’s role in the delivery and maintenance of conventionally-armed nuclear-powered submarines.

Jim McDowell, Deputy Secretary Naval Shipbuilding and Sustainment, Department of Defence

10:20

Keynote Address: Transforming the way breakthrough military solutions are delivered

  • Addressing the concept of minimum viable capability
  • Embracing risk while articulating the problem but not the solution
  • Pulling asymmetrical innovations into capabilities
  • Implementing new approaches for agile contracting and procurement

Prof Emily Hilder, Head, Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator

10:40

Industry Keynote: The key challenges for Defence industry to delivery future capability

  • How a new risk-based approach to procurement decision-making may impact defence industry.
  • Can we get the right people with the right skill sets to deliver future capability?
  • Sustainability issues: Effectively greening future capability
  • Working effectively with SMEs to enhance South Australia’s enviable reputation for innovation.

Gary Stewart, Chief Executive Australia Sector, Qinetiq

11:00

Morning tea

Stream A: Delivering Defence Capability

11:30 The role of The SA Office for AUKUS

  • Supporting South Australia’s Defence sector
  • Establishing a single point of contact for Commonwealth agencies
  • Enhancing access to AUKUS supply chains

Dylan Jones, Director, Office for AUKUS, Department of Premier and Cabinet

11:50 Streamlining and accelerating access into AUKUS Supply chains

  • Improving processes to facilitate integration into AUKUS supply chains
  • Collaboration between AUKUS partners to optimise supply chain efficiency
  • Utilising technology and innovation

Kate van Hilst, First Assistant Director General – SSN Construction, Australian Submarine Agency

12:10 Understanding the impact of the ITAR and Export Controls reforms

12:30 Panel: Accessing AUKUS supply chains.

  • Assessing the opportunities AUKUS presents for South Australia’s defence industry
  • Key challenges in accessing AUKUS supply chains
  • Understanding the impact of the ITAR and Export Controls reforms

Mike Humphreys, Director Pillar 1 (AUKUS), HII Australia
Dr James Palmer, CEO, Silentium Defence
Graham Priestnall, President, AIDN South Australia

Moderated by Mel Slater, Director Maritime, Defence SA

13:00 Lunch

14:00 The challenges and opportunities of implementing AUKUS Pillar 2

  • The role of Joint Capabilities Group with space and cyber
  • Test and Evaluation of systems in a joint integrated force
  • South Australia Electronic Warfare capabilities
  • Requirements for supporting Battlespace Awareness
  • The opportunities within changes to Army force posture

Senior Representative, Defence SA

14:20 Considerations for Defence AI

  • Embracing AI’s potential to deter, shape, and change the character of warfare
  • Unique challenges for AI when applied to the Defence context
  • Developing more resilient AI capabilities
  • AI as an enabler for autonomy

Dr Robert Hunjet, Associate Professor, Program Leader – Australian Defence Science and Universities Network, DSTG

14:40 Panel: Developing South Australia’s Defence Infrastructure

  • Key challenges in successfully delivering Defence infrastructure.
  • Exploring opportunities to enhance delivery and improve outcomes.
  • Do we have the people and the talent to deliver multiple complex projects on-time and on-budget?
  • Innovative contracting for infrastructure projects

Matthew Theoharous, Executive General Manager, Lendlease
Tim Tape, Development Director, Renewal SA

15:10 Afternoon tea

15:40 The SA Defence Industry Workforce Action Plan

  • Taking a coordinated approach to support defence industry workforce requirements
  • What’s underway to address immediate challenges
  • Importance of integrated initiatives on a learner journey from primary school to mid-career transitions
  • Recognising supporting measures that address constraints and opportunities relevant to the defence industry

Callan Markwick, Executive Director, Industry and Workforce Capability, Department for Industry, Innovation and Science, South Australia

16:00 Case study: Recruiting for the upgrade of the P-8A Poseideon

  • Finding the right people with the right skills
  • Creating upskilling and pathway opportunities
  • Addressing workforce diversity challenges

Ben Knabe, Director Product Support, Training and Maintenance (PST&M) capability, Boeing

16:20 Panel: Can South Australia develop the skills required to deliver future capability?

  • Developing a coordinated approach to address skills requirements
  • What skills are industry most in need of now? What about in 10 years’ time?
  • How effective are current program such as
    • South Australia’s Career Education and Pathways Program
  • South Australia’s Flexible Industry Program for secondary schools
  • Women in STEM cadetships
  • Advanced Apprenticeships Program
  • TAFE SA’s training for naval shipbuilding and sustainment projects
  • Industry partnering with universities and TAFE
  • Will Fee-Free TAFE help increase demand for skills of need?
  • Clearing pathways into Defence and Defence industry
  • Challenges to increasing diversity in Defence workforces
  • Skilled migration amidst a cost of living crisis

Nick Howie, Director of Strategic Industry Partnership (Defence & Space), TAFE SA
Rachel Botting, Head of People and Culture, ASC
Deborah Devis, Research Associate, Education Futures, University of South Australia
Libby Day, CEO, Defence Teaming Centre

17:00 Networking drinks

Stream B: Defence Research and Innovation

11:30 Case study: Delivering and integrating emerging technologies for frontline troops

LTCOL Jake Penley, Commanding Officer, 1st Armoured Regiment, Australian Army

11:40 Case study: High Frequency Radar Technology

  • Developing world-leading capability in HF systems and Over The Horizon Radar (OTHR)
  • A new era of collaboration with industry
  • Improving aircraft detention sensitivity

Dr Sylvie Perreau, Chief Sensors and Effectors Division, Defence Science and Technology Group

12:10 Investing in innovation

  • The role of innovation intermediaries like the Defence Innovation Partnership
  • South Australia’s R&D strengths
  • Case studies of funded projects
  • Future engagement and funding opportunities

Sumen Rai, Director, Defence Innovation Partnership

12:30 Panel: Financing Defence innovation

  • Assessing the scope and potential of private finance in Australia’s Defence capability
  • What the investment community is seeking from Defence innovators
  • What could Governments be doing to further attract private investment and superfunds into Defence assets and companies
  • Understanding and assessing risks in Defence contracting coupled with ESG concerns
  • Defence as an Asset class

Mark Stevens, Managing Partner, Periscope Partners
Tim Haden, Director of Origination,  Australian Business Growth Fund
Kirsten Bernhardt, Investment Manager, South Australia Venture Capital Fund

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Case study: Working with ILaunch Trailblazer to commercialise two disruptive space energy technologies

  • Developing a Radioisotope Heater Unit to provide thermal management for multiple lunar night survival
  • Commercialising long-term power sources to spacecraft where solar energy cannot be relied upon
  • How the partnership between entX and ILaunch works.

Bryn Jones, Managing Director, ent X
Prof Drew Evans, Professorial Lead, Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia

14:20 Case study: Delivering manufacturing data intelligence

14:40 Advancing Australia’s Information Warfare capability: The Power of Culture

  • Misinformation and disinformation as a global security risk
  • The role of social influence in grey zone conflict
  • Information campaign lessons from the Ukraine conflict
  • Emerging technologies and the future of Information Warfare

Assoc Prof Brad West, University of South Australia
Dr Damien Spry, Senior Researcher, DSTG
Prof Emma Thomas, Matthew Flanders Professor, College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, Flinders University
LTCOL Sharon Mascall-Dare OAM PhD, Cognitive and Information Warfare Directorate, Australian Defence Force

15:10 Afternoon tea

15:40 Case study: Additive Manufacturing for AUKUS

16:00 The role of robotics and autonomous systems can play in defence innovation

Distinguished Prof Saeid Nahavandi, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief of Defence Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology

16:20 Panel: Advancements in the deployment of AI in Defence Capability

Dr Mel McDowall, Director, Defence Artificial Intelligence Research Network
Dr Robert Hunjet, Associate Professor, Program Leader – Australian Defence Science and Universities Network, Defence Science and Technology Group

17:00 Networking drinks

Defence Artificial Intelligence and Industry Symposium


Thursday, 29th August 2024
InterContinental Adelaide
North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000

Enhancing AI capabilities is crucial for the Defence sector. Achieving decision superiority, making decisions fasters and with higher degrees of accuracy, will increasingly benefit from advancements in sovereign AI capabilities. These advancements will enable Defence to manage extensive quantities of data in complex operational environments, offering significant data-driven performance advantages to the Australian Defence Force.

DAIRNet is pleased to be hosting the second annual Defence AI Symposium, as part of the ADM South Australian Defence Summit. The Symposium is a forum for the exchange between the Australian Defence and AI communities. It will assess developments in research that will enhance sovereign AI capability, provide impactful solutions to the Australian Defence Force, and enable data-driven decision-making in complex operating environments.

The Defence AI Symposium is an exciting opportunity for Defence, industry and researchers to come together and explore priorities, opportunities and commonalities.

DAIRNet is an initiative of the Department of Defence and is managed in partnership with the University of South Australia. To learn more, visit www.dairnet.com.au

PARTNERS

Symposium Program

9:00 – 13:00 Speakers include

  • Dr Mel McDowall, Director, Defence Artificial Intelligence Research Network
  • Suneel Randhawa, Chief Information Sciences Division, DSTG
  • WGCDR Andrew McCarron, Commanding Officer 462 Squadron, Defence Cyber Warfare, Joint Capabilities Group, Department of Defence
  • Dr Ralph Gailis, Specialist Science Advisor for AI, DSTG
  • Assoc Prof Belinda Chiera, Deputy Director, Industrial AI Research Centre, University of South Australia
  • Dr Dave Ormrod, Enterprise Fellow & Military Veteran, University of South Australia

Pricing

  • SME defined as companies employing less than 200 people worldwide
  • Pre-Summit Defence Trade Controls Amendment Act 2024 Forum free to attend for all delegates. To register for this only please email info@informa.com.au.
  • Department of Defence/ADF attend for free. Please register for ADF/Dept Defence pass by emailing info@informa.com.au.
Packages Full Rate
Standard Industry Rate
Summit (Including Defence Trade Controls Forum and Welcome Reception) $1,395 + GST
Summit Plus DAIRNet Symposium $1,795 + GST
DAIRNet Symposium only $495 + GST
Academia Rate
Summit (Including Defence Trade Controls Forum and Welcome Reception) $1,095 + GST
Summit Plus DAIRNet Symposium $1,395 + GST
DAIRNet Symposium only $395 + GST
SME Rate
Summit (Including Defence Trade Controls Forum and Welcome Reception) $695 + GST
Summit Plus DAIRNet Symposium $945 + GST
DAIRNet Symposium only $350 + GST

Venue

Adelaide Convention Centre
North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000

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