ADM Congress 2018

This major Defence/Industry Conference has evolved into a pivotal event
in the Defence calendar, attracting over 350 delegates each year.
14 February 2018 | Hyatt Hotel, Canberra





WELCOME RECEPTION | Tuesday 13 February 2018

The Australian Defence Magazine will be hosting welcome drinks for all delegates attending ADM Congress 2018. The reception will feature a welcome speech from The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry, and is an excellent opportunity to come and liaise with your colleagues, at the Hyatt Hotel, Canberra. This function is included in your delegate registration.

19:00 – 21:00 | Centenary Ballroom, Hyatt Hotel, Canberra


Warren King, Chairman – Australia, Navantia Australia


The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry



CONGRESS | Wednesday 14 February 2018

8:20 OPENING | Opening remarks from the ADM Editor

Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor, Australian Defence Magazine



Sen the Hon. Linda Reynolds, Chair of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislations Committee


8:50 Address from the Defence Force

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN, Vice-Chief of Defence Force, Department of Defence

9:10 Australia’s land capability and future projects

Army perspective on;

  • Project Land 400
  • Project Land 121

Lieutenant General Angus Campbell AO, DSC, Chief of Army, Department of Defence

9:30 Australia’s air capability and future projects

RAAF perspective on;

  • Amberley Base as a major economic asset
  • F-35 Project
  • Air Power Development Centre

Air Marshal Leo Davies AO, CSC, Chief of Air Force, Department of Defence

9:50 Address from Capability Acquisition & Sustainment Group

Kim Gillis, Deputy-Secretary – Capability Acquisition & Sustainment Group, Department of Defence

10:10 Address from Victorian Government

The Hon Greg Combet AM, Victorian Defence Industry Advocate, Victoria State Government

10:20 Networking and refreshment break


10:50 Queensland’s defence manufacturing future

The Hon Cameron Dick MP, QLD Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning

11:00 Australia’s geostrategic position

Professor John Blaxland, Head, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University

11:20 The defence budget and the Integrated Investment Program – status and outlook

  • What are the prospects for defence spending?
  • What should we look for in this year’s budget?
  • Where are the biggest risks in the current defence plans?

Dr Andrew Davies, Director Defence & Strategy Program, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

11:50 Achieving Australia’s sovereign naval shipbuilding capability

Glenn Alcock, SEA 5000 Continuous Naval Shipbuilding and Australian Industry Capability Director, Navantia Australia

12:10 Building a globally competitive industry: Innovation to products to exports

Gary Stewart, Managing Director, Rheinmetall Defence Australia

12:30 Technological innovation: collaborating to strengthen our nation

Gabby Costigan, Chief Executive, BAE Systems Australia

12:50 Ship Intelligence – a new era for naval vessel acquisition and sustainment

Edward Wright, Senior Marine Engineer, Rolls-Royce Naval

13:10 Address from Lunch Sponsor – Canberra Airport

Richard Snow, Head of Property, Canberra Airport

13:15 Lunch and networking break

14:30 Defence Industry Development activities in South Australia

Richard Price, Chief Executive, Defence SA

14:35 Contributing to a Continuous Naval Shipbuilding Industry

Sean Costello, Director, Fincantieri Australia


14:55 Developing the Northern Territory

Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Margaret Staib AM, CSC, NT Defence and National Security Advocate, NT Government

15:15 Landscape Condition Assessment for Defence Land Use and Management Practices

Jim Nikolareas, General Manager of Australia, Kleinfelder
Richard Thackway, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Queensland

15:35 Address from ACT Government

The Hon Kate Lundy, Defence Industry Advocate, ACT Government

15:40 Network and refreshment break

16:10 Address from NSW Government: Implementation of the NSW Defence & Industry Strategy

Air Marshal (Retd) John Harvey AM, Defence Advocate, NSW State Government

16:15 PANEL | Mobilising an indigenous workforce – why it makes good business sense for all

Adam Goodes, CEO, Indigenous Defence Consortium
Sharon Wilson, Head of Industrial Strategy, BAE Systems Australia
Paul Stephenson, National Manager, Corporate Support, CH Robinson
Pat Caruso, Founder, We Create Print and Deliver
Richard Tester, Managing Director, Red Arrow Group


17:00 PANEL | Defence utilising innovation and how this will look in the future

  • Funding
  • Case studies
  • International examples
  • Australia as a world-leader in both innovation and defence

Dr Karen Stanton, Board Member, CDIC & HTA Group
Dr Mark Hodge, CEO, Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC)
Pierre Marchadier, Vice-President, Business Transformation, Tech Sales Strategy and Innovation, Dassault Systems
Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor, Australian Defence Magazine

17:45 CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor, Australian Defence Magazine

17:50 Address from Networking Drinks Sponsor: Laing O’Rourke

Mike Rinaudo, Defence Sector Lead, Laing O’Rourke

17:55 End of conference and Networking Drinks