ADM Congress 2019

This major Defence/Industry Conference has evolved into a pivotal event
in the Defence calendar, attracting over 600 delegates each year.
13 February 2019 | Canberra Playhouse Theatre




WELCOME RECEPTION | Tuesday 12 February 2019

The Australian Defence Magazine will be hosting welcome drinks for all delegates attending ADM Congress 2019. The reception will feature a welcome speech 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
Lavender Courtyard & Terrace
Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Welcome Reception Address:

The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence


Welcome Reception Sponsor


CONGRESS | Wednesday 13 February 2019

8:20 OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor, Australian Defence Magazine



The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Defence Industry


The Hon Richard Marles MP, Shadow Minister for Defence

9:10 Address from the Defence Force

Vice Admiral David Johnston AO, Vice Chief of Defence Force

9:35 Ongoing and Future Projects to Support Naval Capability

— Current Navy projects and programs
— Building future naval capability
— The Navy’s role in regional security

Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, Chief of Navy

9:55 An Insight into the Australian Defence Force’s Future Land Capability

Lieutenant General Richard Burr, Chief of Army

10:15 Address from CASG

Tony Fraser, Deputy Secretary – CASG, Department of Defence

10:45 Networking and refreshment break sponsored by:


11:15 Australia’s next-generation defence supplier

Queensland Governmentthe Hon Cameron Dick MP, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (pre-recorded) and Lieutenant General Peter Leahy AC (Retd), Queensland Chief Strategic Defence Advisor

11:25 PANEL | Making the switch to export

The government’s defence export strategy, released in January 2018, is paving the way for a new era of success for the industry and represents a huge opportunity for primes, SMEs and other contractors. This switch to export is the crucial next step for the Australian defence industry as it looks to grow beyond Australian borders.

This panel will focus on potential export opportunities, and how businesses are coming to terms with the opportunities and challenges expected along the way.

Dr Sheridan Kearnan, First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy, Department of Defence
Kate Louis, Head of Defence and Industry Policy, Australian Industry Group
Moderator: Ian McGill, Partner, Allens


12:10 The future of the Defence Budget

— Current budget and spending assessment
— Impact of election victories for either side
— The future of defence spending

Dr Marcus Hellyer, Senior Analyst, ASPI

12:40 ROUNDTABLE | Innovation and Collaboration in Developing Defence Capability

— Delivering sustainable, next generation defence capabilities
— How are PRIME’’s collaborating?
— Australia’s future defence capability

Glen Ferguson, Director of the Product Support & Maintenance Capability, Boeing Defence Australia
Chris Keane, Director – Future Business, BAE Systems Australia
Narayan Sreenivasan, Director, Business Transformation, Asia Pacific South, Dassault Systèmes

13:20 LUNCH | Welcome to Lunch and networking break

Brad Richardson, Director, Turner and Townsend

Lunch sponsored by

14:20 INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE | Innovation in defence acquisition: applying new techniques and approaches to deliver the next wave of Australia’s military capability

Paul Harrington, Partner, Washington DC, McKinsey & Company

14:40 PANEL | Industry Associations Supporting the Development of Local SME’s and Australia’s PRIME contractors

— What is the value of Industry organisations?
— What does effective advocacy look like?
— Industry associations working coherently for common goals

Kate Louis, Head of Defence and Industry Policy, Australian Industry Group
Claire Willette, CEO, Australian Defence Alliance (Vic)
Lester Sutton, Chair – National Board of Directors, AIDN
Carl Quarterman, President, AIDN – Queensland

15:15 BAE Systems Australia

Nigel Stewart, Managing Director, ASC Shipbuilding, BAE Systems Australia

15:30 A stronger North, makes for a more secure Australia

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

15:45 Networking and refreshment break

16:05 Participating in the JSF F35 program

— The competitive tender process we went through to win the initial contract
— The tech transfer process we went through with BAE
— The financial commitment Axiom has made to the program through investment in machines
— How we have from from 1 part to 7 parts
— How the long-term contracts for F35 have enabled Axiom to invest in training of apprentices

Craig Maynard, General Manager, Axiom Precision Manufacturing

16:20 PANEL | Building an Indigenous Defence Sector and Supporting Indigenous Communities

— How is the Indigenous community currently throughout Defence?
— What is being done to support and grow Indigenous involvement?
— Outlining the contribution of Indigenous employment

Steve Grzeskowiak, Deputy-Secretary – Estate and Infrastructure Group (E&IG), Department of Defence
Naomi Anstess, National Business and Workforce Development Manager, Intract

16:55 Advancing Australian Technology and Innovation

TBC, Chief Defence Scientist, Department of Defence

17:15 ALPHA, BRAVO, COLLINS – Aerospace Redefined

Introducing Collins Aerospace
— Who is Collins Aerospace
— What does Collins Aerospace do?
— What markets do we operate in?
— How we support our customers

Mr Nick Gibbs, VP Australia, Collins Aerospace

17:25 Closing Remarks from the Chair

Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor, Australian Defence Magazine