Overview

The 2nd Annual Western Australia Defence Forum will take place at the Gary Holland Community Centre, Rockingham on 19 March 2024. This will be a high-level policy-driven forum, focusing on creating strategic sovereign maritime capability in the West, upgrading and maintaining Defence estate and infrastructure, as well as fostering a strengthened local Defence industry.

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A special Defence and SME discounted rate is available to attend – see below for details.

Exhibitors

Speakers


The Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA
Minister for Defence Industry – WA Government


Captain Ken Burleigh
Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling


Brigadier Amanda Williamson
Commander – 13th Brigade, Australian Army


The Hon David Johnston
Chair,
UWA Defence & Security Institute


Olivia Agate
Senior Talent Acquisition – Early Careers and Industry Engagement Advisor, Navantia


Matt Moran
Head of Strategy and Government Relations, Luerssen Australia


Dr Kate O’Shaughnessy
Research Director,
Perth USAsia Centre


Gary Hale
Director, NRAS – Chief Security Officer (CSO) – National Resilience & Security (NRAS), Curtin University


Hiromi Fujisaki
Program Director, WA Defence Workforce Strategy, Department of Training and Workforce Development, WA Government


Brenda Micale
General Manager – Training Services, South Metropolitan TAFE

AGENDA

8:50

Opening Remarks from the Chair

9:00

Welcome from the Mayor |

Deb Hamblin, Mayor of Rockingham

9:10

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS |

The Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA, Minister for Defence Industry – WA Government

9:30

The Indian Ocean and its Impact on Australia

  • Economic interests and energy security: the importance of Indian Ocean maritime trade
  • Strategic partnerships and proactive engagement in regional security
  • Emerging security threats in the region

Dr Kate O’Shaughnessy, Research Director, Perth USAsia Centre

10:00

Navigating challenges and opportunities delivering Defence Infrastructure projects in WA

  • Exploring key challenges faces in delivering defence infrastructure
  • Opportunities to improve the success of projects
  • Innovative approaches to overcoming challenges

10:30

Morning Tea

11:00

KEYNOTE |The strategic significance of HMAS Stirling in assisting Australia’s Defence Capability

  • Managing and maintaining Australia’s largest naval base
  • Creating a modern, dynamic and innovative workplace
  • Future expansion plans

CAPT Ken Burleigh, Commanding Officer, HMAS Stirling

11:30

KEYNOTE | Increased cooperation between the Australian Army and Indian Army: Outcomes from Exercise AUSTRAHIND-23

  • Ensuring stability and security in the Indo-Pacific
  • The developing partnership between India & Australia
  • Future opportunities for increased bilateral efforts in the region

Brigadier Amanda Williamson, Commander – 13th Brigade, Australian Army

12:00

Western Australia’s vital role in AUKUS security imperatives

  • WA’s strategic maritime location
  • Driving WA’s defence industry through innovation and alliances
  • Safeguarding critical infrastructure

12:30

Lunch

13:30

PANEL | Economic value and opportunities from AUKUS and increased Defence investment in Western Australia   

  • Collaboration and partnerships with neighbours and allies
  • Innovation hubs and maximising the value of technology advances
  • Local industry engagement and accessing growing defence supply chains

Gary Hale, Director, NRAS – Chief Security Officer (CSO) – National Resilience & Security (NRAS), Curtin University
Matt Moran, Head of Strategy and Government Relations, Luerssen Australia

14:10

Australia’s role in the Indo-Pacific and Western Australia’s position within this

  • Risks and opportunities created by evolving geopolitics
  • Collaboration between government, industry and research institutions to develop WA’s defence capability and industry
  • Driving innovation in technology

The Hon. David Johnston, Chair – Defence and Security Institute, University of Western Australia

14:40

PANEL | Strategies for Ensuring a Skilled Workforce

  • Investing in continuous training and development programs
  • Targeted recruitment strategies
  • Collaborative education partnerships
  • Talent retention and employee satisfaction

Brenda Micale, General Manager – Training Services, South Metropolitan TAFE
Olivia Agate, Senior Talent Acquisition – Early Careers and Industry Engagement Advisor, Navantia
Hiromi Fujisaki, Program Director, WA Defence Workforce Strategy, Department of Training and Workforce Development, WA Government

15:20

Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

15:50

Expanding naval infrastructure in Western Australia

  • Current developments of new facilities and upgrades to existing structures
  • Economic impact and job creation
  • Working with industry to deliver significant projects

16:20

PANEL | Opportunities for Western Australia SME’s to access global supply chains

17:00

Closing remarks from the Chair

Pricing

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

ADF & Department of Defence – Free
Please register for ADF/Dept Defence pass by emailing info@informa.com.au

Packages Standard Rate
Conference pass – Standard Industry Rate $1,395 + GST
Conference pass – SME Rate $595 + GST

ConnectMe

ConnectMe • Networking enhanced

All of our events utilise a bespoke dynamic smartphone app, ConnectMe – which guarantees attendees a premium event experience. Logins are sent prior to the conference commencement allowing you to check who’s attending, schedule in meetings and catch ups, participate in live Q+A and interactive polls, and much more. ConnectMe ensures you never miss a beat prior, during and post event.

Event Code of Conduct

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Venue

Gary Holland Community Centre
19 Kent St
Rockingham WA 6168

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