2016 HunterNet Defence Conference
To be held at Crowne Plaza Newcastle on 19 & 20 September, the 2016 HunterNet Defence Conference has the theme Industry & Innovation Supporting Australian Defence Strategy.
The conference has a primary objective to provide an educational forum centred on the changes outlined in both the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement and Integrated Investment Program created to support the direction provided by the 2016 Defence White Paper. The programmed presentations will be delivered by a selection of leaders and expert representatives from government, defence and industry.
The conference will also focus on the development of regional innovation and collaborative commercial opportunities relevant to land, sea and air defence. This year the conference facilities will be configured so that there will be made provision for attendees to engage dedicated break-out areas for which the aim will be to drive collaboration and engagement between Defence Primes and the regions SMEs in order to further develop their understanding of their respective roles and requirements in delivering optimal Defence outcomes.
A specific highlight for the abundant conference networking opportunities will be the gala dinner held on the evening of the 19 September. Special guest speakers for the event will include the RAAF’s Commander Air Combat Group and VC awardee Mark Donaldson.
Again this year HunterNet Defence will be proudly supporting two very important Defence related charities, both Legacy & Soldier On with a donation from the proceeds generated by the conference and encourage all our members and conference attendees to also give their support. At the time of going to print in HBR, a limited number of sponsorship opportunities were available.
Speakers - (as at 29 June)
● Hon Anthony Roberts
Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy.
Representing the Premier
● Air Marshal (Ret) John Harvey AM
NSW Defence Advocate
● Air Chief Marshall Mark Binskin, CDF
● Kim Gilis
Deputy Secretary at CASG
● Kate Louis
First Assistant Secretary Defence industry Policy
● Mike Kalms
Lead Defence Partner KPMG
● Air Cdre Steve Roberton
Commander ACG - Gala dinner speaker
● Mark Donaldson VC
Gala dinner speaker