• Northern Australia Defence Summit

    Hosted by the NT Government, this policy-driven event will look at the opportunities for Australia’s Defence industry in Northern Australia.

    5 April 2022
    Darwin Convention Centre


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The 9th Annual Northern Australia Defence Summit will be a high level policy-driven summit. This year’s event will focus on creating strategic sovereign maritime capability in the North, upgrading and maintaining Defence estate and infrastructure and fostering a strengthened local Defence industry. It will also assess Northern Australia’s geo-strategic importance and regional partnerships such as USFPI and ASMTI.

The Summit will hear from Ministers, senior Defence personnel, leaders of industry, SMEs, academics and strategic analysts.

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Hon Michael Gunner
Chief Minister of the
Northern Territory Government

The Hon Melissa Price MP
Minister for Defence Industry & Minister for Science and Technology

COL Matthew Quinnn
Director North – Capital Facilities & Infrastructure – Security and Estate Group, Department of Defence

Dana Nelson
President & Managing Director – APAC, BGIS

COL Timothy Rutherford
Commander Regional Force Surveillance Group, Department of Defence

Malcolm Davis
Senior Analyst, ASPI

Jason Miezio
Defence Sector Lead, Sitzler

Jason Kite
Acting Executive Director – Australian Defence Export Office, Department of Defence

Steven Camilleri

Nick Tate
Director – Integrated Infrastructure, PwC

Simone Papp
Director – Integrated Infrastructure, PwC

Jerome Wahl
Customer Solutions Experience Director, Australia and New Zealand, Dassault Systèmes

Welcome Reception

Monday 4th April from 5.30pm

Hosted by the NT Government and held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin, this is your opportunity to reacquaint yourself with old colleagues, and to make those all-important new connections ahead of the conference proceedings






Ewen Levick, Group Editor, Australian Defence Magazine


Opening remarks from the Chair

Jason Miezio, Defence Sector Lead, Sitzler



The Hon Melissa Price MP, Minister for Defence Industry & Minister for Science and Technology



The Hon Michael Gunner MLA, Chief Minister, Northern Territory Government


KEYNOTE | Defence Infrastructure projects in Northern Australia

  • An update on current & future major projects
  • Defence investment in the north
  • Estate & infrastructure upgrades & future projects

Colonel Matt Quinn, Director North – Capital Facilities & Infrastructure – Estate and Infrastructure Group (E&IG), Department of Defence


Morning Tea & Networking break


Northern Territory Training Areas and Ranges Upgrades Project 

  • Upgrade and construction of specialised live-fire training ranges, aviation facilities and training camps
  • Development of administration and communication facilities
  • Decommissioning of redundant infrastructure

Jason Miezio, Defence Sector Lead, Sitzler


PANEL | Delivering the North’s Defence Infrastructure

  • A look at current and future infrastructure projects
  • Unique challenges faced in the North
  • Revitalising existing infrastructure

Dana Nelson, President & Managing Director – APAC, BGIS
Nick Tate, Director – Integrated Infrastructure, PwC
Shane Dahlhelm, Executive Director, Darwin Harbour Infrastructure Projects, Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Northern Territory Government
Moderator: Jason Miezio, Defence Sector Lead, Sitzler


The role of Northern Australia in achieving regional influence

  • US – Australia partnership and joint regional goals
  • Advancing the geo-political importance of Darwin
  • Additional regional partnerships

USMC Col (Ret’d) Grant Newsham, Japan Forum for Strategic Studies


ADM ADDRESS | Women in Defence Awards

Kylie Leonard, Associate Publisher, Australian Defence Magazine




The importance of Defence to the local community in Darwin

The Hon Luke Gosling OAM MP, Federal Member for Solomon & Deputy Chair of Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities


Collaboration between Industry and Government

Jerome Wahl, Customer Solutions Experience Director, Australia and New Zealand, Dassault Systèmes
James Bear, Senior Director – Defence Industry, Northern Territory Government
Jonathon Gregor, Program Manager- Defence, Northern Territory Government


The role of the Regional Force Surveillance Group (RFSG) in supporting Australia’s strategic interests in the North

  • The development and role of RFSG since its inception
  • Supporting border protection operations
  • RFSG’s Indigenous Engagement & Development

LTCOL Steven Medlin, Commanding Officer – NORFORCE, Department of Defence


Afternoon Tea and Networking Break


What has the Australian Defence Export Office achieved for the North since its inception?

  • How has COVID impacted the word of the ADEO?
  • How will regional geo-politics play a role its future
  • How has the ADEO worked with business of the North?

Jason Kite, Acting Executive Director – Australian Defence Export Office, Department of Defence


Responsive Space – from the North

  • Future space development in the north needs to directly support defence and national security requirements for Australia, and for key allies
  • How will innovation and transformation in the space sector shape the development of a ‘space coast’ in the North? What are the local benefits?
  • Competition in space between major powers is likely to intensify, and extend from the near-Earth (‘LEO to GEO’) out to the Cislunar region in coming decades, and local space sector development needs to be ready to support alliance needs.
  • The impact of ‘fourth industrial revolution’ technologies can transform local economies in the north, elevating the role of space beyond simply launch.

Malcolm Davis, Senior Analyst, ASPI


PANEL | Developing skills and building a workforce that can support the growth of Defence industry in the North

Steven Camilleri, CTO, SPEE3D
Andrew ‘Jake’ Campbell AM, Triton Program Director Australia, SEA129-5 Program Director, Northrop Grumman
Andrew Hawke, Business Development Manager, Thales Australia
Moderator: Simone Papp, Director – Integrated Infrastructure, PwC


Welcome to Networking Drinks

Steve Densmore, Northern Territory Manager for North East Zone, Ventia


Closing Remarks from the Chair

Jason Miezio, Defence Sector Lead, Sitzler


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Networking Function

DefenceNT Networking Function

DefenceNT, in collaboration with Australian Industry and Defence Network, the Chamber of Commerce, Master Builders, the Indigenous Business Network and Industry Capability Network, will host a networking function following the Defence Summit.

This will provide a great opportunity to engage with key decision makers from Government and industry while enjoying a drink and canapes at Wharf One Food & Wine, one of Darwin’s best waterfront venues.


Darwin Convention Centre
10 Stokes Hill Rd,
Darwin City NT 0800
(08) 8923 9000

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