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.
25-26 October 2017 | Darwin Convention Centre





WELCOME DRINKS – Tuesday 24 October 2017

The Northern Territory Government will be hosting welcome drinks for all delegates attending the Northern Australian Defence Summit. The reception will feature a Welcome Address and a great opportunity to liaise with your colleagues at the Parliament House, Darwin.

18:00 – 19:30 | Main Hall, Parliament House
Welcome Address

DAY 1 – Wednesday 25 October 2017

8:00 Registration and morning coffee


8:50 OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Alan Schmidt, Defence Lead, Sitzler

9:00 Welcome Address

Scene-setting address to the event, its speakers and key themes from NT Government Defence and Security Advocate.

NTG Defence and Security Advocate


9:15 KEYNOTE | Partnering for positive outcomes in Indigenous engagement and development

Lieutenant Colonel John Papalitsas CSC, CO, North West Mobile Force (NORFORCE)

9:45 PANEL | How local indigenous workforce can add value to project delivery

Eddie Fry, Chair, Indigenous Business Australia
NTIBN Board Member, NTIBN

10:25 Address from Coffee Break Sponsor

10:30 Networking and refreshment break


11:00 Australia’s geostrategic circumstances

—— What does this mean for Northern Australian Defence and Security?

Prof John Blaxland, Head, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre

11:20 INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE | Geo-political analysis on changes in SE-Asia and Australia

—— Current climate in SE-Asia Defence industry
—— Changes in the area, both present and looking to the future, and the implications of these
—— The need for cultural knowledge to improve, to facilitate smooth transitions between SE-Asian and Australian Defence enterprises

His Excellency Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Former Minister for Defence and President of Indonesia and Chairman, Democratic Party of Indonesia

12:00 Australian/US relations

With the recent transition of Presidents, times seem to be more uncertain relating to expenditure and expectations of the Defence industry; what implications does the new administration have on Australian/ US relations and the current US industry that is present in NT?

Brigadier Tim Bayliss, Director – General US Force Posture Initiatives, Department of Defence

12:30 INTERNATIONAL PANEL | Looking North; A two-way perspective

—— I nternational appetite for investment in the Northern Territory defence industry
—— Perspective from markets and countries that Australia (and NT specifically) look to export to
—— I ndustry climate, capacity and future regarding Australian-Asian relations

Navy Captain (Ret.) Sukjoon Yoon, Senior Research Fellow, Korea Institute for Maritime Strategy, South Korea
Emeritus Professor Carlyle Thayer, Director, Australian Defence Force Academy
Malcolm Davis, Senior Analyst, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Merridan Varral, Director – East Asia Program, Lowy Institute for International Policy

13:25 Address from Lunch Sponsor

Mike Rinaudo, Defence Sector Lead, Laing O’Rourke

13:30 Lunch and networking break


14:30 Military-Technological trends at home and abroad

Regional trends on the role of technology in the military, including Australian examples as well as case studies from China and SE Asia.

Sam Roggeveen, Director of Digital and Senior Fellow, Lowy Institute

15:00 Cyber-terrorism

—— I ncreased technological advancement bringing increased challenges and threats to security
—— The progress of data and data-services and how this can be used to benefit the industry

Kate Louis, First Assistant Secretary, Department of Defence

15:30 PANEL DISCUSSION | The innovation agenda – what does it mean for Defence?

—— How innovation has changed in its meaning and how it can be applied in a modern defence industry
—— Good practice – examples of effective innovative practices within Australia and abroad

Kate Louis, First Assistant Secretary, Department of Defence
Prof Jill Slay, Director, Australian Centre for Cyber-Security

16:30 CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

16:40 Address from Networking Drinks Sponsor

16:45 Networking drinks

AIDN Gala Dinner 2017 | Wednesday 25 October 2017

The Australian Industry Defence Network (AIDN) will be holding their annual Gala Dinner and Defence Industry Awards that will coincide with this year’s Northern Australia Defence Summit. The event is separate to the conference and requires addition registration. Dine and network with your colleagues in a relaxed setting and enjoy the fine territory hospitality.

18:00 | Darwin Convention Centre


DAY 2 – Thursday 26 October 2017

8:50 OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:00 CASE STUDY | Annual Training

——Updates on training policy and practice for the armed forces
—— Exploring the future of traning and simulation with the emergence of VR, AR and MR

Major General Fergus McLachlan AM, Commander Forces Command, Department of Defence

9:30 PANEL DISCUSSION | Innovation in defence infrastructure

—— Forming effective long-term relationships with defence
—— Understanding the customer and ensuring effective outcomes
—— Skills requirements to deliver projects in the NT
—— I mpact of global economic policy and how this may impact defence infrastructure in Australia and the NT successfully
——Working with local industry for optimal project delivery

Alan Rankins, CEO, AIDN
Mike Rinaudo, Defence Sector Lead, Laing O’Rourke
Strategic Defence Board Member, Northern Territory Government

10:30 KEYNOTE | Industry Keynote

11:00 Networking and refreshment break

11:30 Integrated Project Delivery processes

Latest updates and progress with IPD legislation.

Bob Baird AM, Executive Director – Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Branch, Department of Defence
Jolanta Skawinski, Deputy Director – Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Branch, Department of Defence


12:00 Triton in the NT

A discussion on US/Australian Defence Initiatives and how industry is benefitting due to them.

Ian Irving, CEO – Australia, Northrop Grumman


Join NT Government’s Defence and Security Advocate as they offer their insights from the conference and answer your final pressing questions.

NTG Defence and Security Advocate

13:00 Lunch, networking and end of conference