STEM in Defence Summit

Growing the STEM workforce: Filling the well
13 August 2019 | Hyatt Hotel, Canberra





Tuesday 13 August 2019

8:50 Opening remarks from the Chair

Katherine Ziesing, Editor, Australian Defence Magazine

9:00 Defence Industry Skilling and STEM Strategy

—— A look at current Defence strategies and policies
—— Ensuring Defence industry can meet its workforce requirements
—— Attracting and retaining a STEM workforce

Andrew Hodgkinson, Assistant Secretary Defence Capability and Innovation, Department of Defence


9:30 Current programs and action plans in place to attract and retain Australia’s STEM workforce

—— How is Defence actively enticing STEM graduates?
—— Retaining STEM employees
—— Programs focused on the growing importance of STEM workers

AIRCDRE Sue McGready CSC, Director General Defence Force Recruiting, Department of Defence

10:00 How is the Defence Force’s expansion into space going to shape the future Defence workforce?

—— Growing reliance on space: military capabilities and the skills this will require
—— Accessing space: Ensuring the expertise are available to maximise potential
—— What are the challenges likely to be faced by Defence?

Luke Brown, Assistant Secretary – Space and Communication Branch, Department of Defence

10:30 Morning Tea and Networking Break

11:00 Australian Space Agency: Building a Skilled Workforce Capable of Making Australia’s Space Sector Globally Competitive

—— The challenge: tripling the size of the space industry by 2030
—— Preparing for STEM skills of the future
—— Attracting STEM graduates to a career in the space sector
—— Skilling the workforce in a rapidly evolving environment of technology, communications and IoT

Anntonette Dailey, Executive Director – Operations and Communications, Australian Space Agency


11:30 KEYNOTE | Address from the Chief Defence Scientist

Prof Tanya Monro, Chief Defence Scientist – Defence Science and Technology Group, Department of Defence

12:00 CASE STUDY | Growing the STEM Pipeline for Defence with Defence Industry

—— Learn how STEM FastTrack delivers STEM Sista and STEM Mista mentoring programs to Primary and High Schools students in partnership with Defence SA and other Defence Industry partners.
—— Understand the power of the example and the environment
—— See the impact the program has had on students, now studying at University

Teresa Janowski, CEO & Founder, STEM FastTrack

12:30 Lunch and Networking Break

13:30 The future of the workforce as AI, Technology and our ability to access Space develops

—— Creating strategic partnerships and engaging with various stakeholders
—— Defining the role of researches and universities in the continual development of the workforce and the equipment that the work force uses
—— UNSW Canberra’s contribution to the Defence sector

Dr Melrose Brown, Space Research and Engineering, UNSW Canberra


14:00 Military International Drone Racing Tournament (MIDRT)

—— Originally launched at the inaugural ADM STEM in Defence Summit, hear how the MIDRT has developed over the past two years

LTCOL Keirin Joyce, SO1 UAS, Australian Army

14:30 How is the RAAF preparing its current workforce for the future

—— As AI & Technology develop rapidly what is the predicted impact on the workforce?
—— Programs in place to ensure the current workforce is adequately skilled for their future roless
—— The workforce of the next generation: attracting STEM graduates to the RAAF

AIRCDRE Geoff Harland, Director General Personnel, RAAF

15:00 Work Experience for Engineering Students

This presentation will draw on the experience of Land Engineering Agency hosting engineering students during their early career phase.

Pinakin Chaubal, Chief Engineer, Combat Support SPO – Land Engineering Agency, Department of Defence

15:20 Afternoon tea and networking break


15:40 CASE STUDY | Looking at the Strategic and Operational Partnership between Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter and Lockheed Martin Australia

—— RDA Hunter building a Future Workforce for Defence Industry
—— Partnerships with TAFE NSW and the University of Newcastle for future LMA workforce
—— Contextualised curriculum designed to match skills with developing LMA workforce requirements
—— STEMstart and Altitude Accord case studies

Rick Evans, STEM Workforce Manager, RDA Hunter
Gary Sutcliffe, Strategic Engagement Manager, Lockheed Martin Australia

16:10 The Role Industry Can Play in Engaging Students into STEM Career Pathways

—— Making an engagement pitch based on lifelong learning
—— Understanding the motivations drivers of children’s career decision choices
—— Encouraging Australian industry to get behind Australian ideas

Dr Michael Myers OAM, Founder & Chairman, Re-Engineering Australia Foundation

16:40 PANEL | How Industry and Government can support each other in attracting and retaining a STEM workforce

—— Keeping STEM skilled workers in the sector
—— Attracting the STEM workforce to Defence
—— Ensuring that employees’ skills are constantly developed

Dr Michael Myers OAM, Founder & Chairman, Re-Engineering Australia Foundation

17:20 Closing Remarks from The Chair

Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor, ADM Magazine

17:30 End of Conference