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Date: Thursday 26 - Thursday 26 September 2019
Location: Australian Institute of Sport
For the first time in Australia, Defence Connect has created an awards program that reflects the comprehensive role of defence industry as a fundamental input to capability. Recognising leading professionals and businesses, rather than products and platforms, the Australian Defence Industry Awards universally acknowledges all defence industry stakeholders – from our primes, SMEs, academic institutions and associations, through to high-performing individuals such as defence executives, Indigenous and female leaders, students, scientists, technicians and academics.
Date: Wednesday 16 - Wednesday 16 October 2019
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
With a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the annual summit will reach new heights as both women and men are invited to celebrate change in the industry; through engaging conversations, ideas, panel discussions and influential talks to encourage a more inclusive and diverse workforce.
Date: Monday 21 - Friday 25 October 2019
Location: Washington D.C, USA
An intense week during which all space players will gather to discuss the advancement and progress of space in its various features; in particular this year, the IAC will commemorate that “one giant leap for mankind”: the 50th anniversary of a feat once thought impossible: humans walking on the moon, and celebrate the international accomplishments and partnerships that have become the hallmarks of space exploration.
Date: Monday 4 - Monday 4 November 2019
Location: University of Newcastle
Hunter Defence, in collaboration with Australian Industry & Defence Network – NSW Incorporated (AIDN NSW), is launching a Defence Readiness Seminar series designed to educate, prepare, grow and mature NSW businesses who are either active in, or considering, Defence as a business opportunity. The Defence Introduction is a one day seminar that covers the basics of Defence awareness, including such things as procurement, Defence needs, innovation funding, Global Supply Chains and a description of Defence Readiness.
Date: Monday 4 - Monday 4 November 2019
Location: Hotel Realm, Canberra
Defence and Industry stakeholders are invited to hear from senior Defence leaders as they discuss future opportunities and challenges for defence industry innovation at the 2019 Defence Innovation Hub Annual Industry Conference. The Defence Innovation Hub works closely with businesses across the country to help turn their good ideas into advanced capabilities. To date, the Defence Innovation Hub has invested in innovative proposals from more than 70 Australian businesses, including many micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The Defence Innovation Hub Annual Industry Conference provides an opportunity for representatives from industry and defence to learn more about Defence’s capability needs and priorities, as well as hear broader perspectives on Defence, Industry, and Innovation. This year's conference will be opened by the Hon Melissa Price MP, Minister for Defence Industry. The conference is targeted at Australian defence industry and innovation sectors. Defence and Government employees are also welcome, but places will be limited.
Date: Tuesday 5 - Thursday 7 November 2019
Location: Adams Auditorium, Australian Defence Force Academy
The Department of Defence Directorate of Ordnance Safety, with the University of New South Wales Capability Systems Centre, and our Platinum Sponsor, NIOA, are pleased to present the 2019 PARARI Australian Explosive Ordnance Safety Symposium – Safe EO for the Warfighter Through Innovative Technology & Culture. PARARI 2019 is being held from 5 - 7 November, in the Adams Auditorium facility of UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy. PARARI is the premiere international explosive ordnance safety symposium held regularly in the southern hemisphere, and attracts delegates from around the globe. PARARI provides an outstanding opportunity for professional development, education, and network building for EO practitioners and experts and is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the work we are all doing in Explosive Ordnance Safety. This year’s symposium brings together delegates from around the world to discuss the latest innovations and advances in explosives, munitions and weapons safety. International and local experts from industry, academia, military and government will share their research to collectively explore Safe Explosive Ordnance for the Warfighter Through Innovative Technology & Culture. Defence and law enforcement personnel, contractors and academia involved in research, capability management, procurement, trials, use, sustainment, and disposal of EO at all levels are encouraged to participate in PARARI. We are also strongly encouraging those with an energetic materials science focus to participate in this year’s symposium.  
Date: Wednesday 6 - Thursday 7 November 2019
Location: Perth
The National Defence Industry & Workforce Skilling Summit will be held in Perth from 6-7 November 2019. Join representatives from government, industry, academia and peak industry bodies, to explore the complex skills challenges facing Australia's defence industry. Collaborate and engage with defence industry stakeholders to build the unity of endeavour to help Australia's defence industry build its workforce and skills base. Have your say as part of a highly interactive, exploratory, and diverse summit that will empower innovative ideas and collective action in driving forward the Workforce Behind the Defence Force. The Hon Melissa Price MP, Minister for Defence Industry, will present a keynote address at the commencement of the summit. Additional keynote speakers and event details will be released in the coming weeks. Participation is free. Seats are limited. Register your interest today.
Date: Wednesday 6 - Wednesday 6 November 2019
Location: QT Canberra
This symposium will focus on “Electronic Warfare Battle Management and Manoeuvre in the Cyber and Electromagnetic Battlespace.’   
Date: Thursday 7 - Thursday 7 November 2019
Location: Monash Conference Centre, Melbourne
ASPI’s Women in Defence and Security Network and Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre are delighted to invite you to attend this year’s Speed Mentoring event in Melbourne. Participants will have access to women mentors working across several different fields, including intelligence and national security, cyber security and STEM, academia, international aid and foreign policy, politics, media and journalism, international trade policy, NGO’s and civil society organisations, industry and defence.
Date: Friday 8 - Friday 8 November 2019
Location: The city of Ipswich
Ipswich City Council is proud to announce a stellar line-up of speakers participating in its signature defence event the Defence Ipswich 2019 Supply Chain Opportunities Symposium on Friday 8 November 2019. “Through this initiative, council aims bring defence and industry together to connect and discuss project opportunities, share insights contributing to upskilling and networking with key decision-makers in government, industry and academia” said Tamanna Monem, Ipswich City Council’s lead contact for defence industry development.   Promoted worldwide, notable international delegates will be travelling to the City of Ipswich to take part in the event. Industry experts presenting at the symposium include: Lee Davis (Rheinmetall Defence Australia) Chris Hess (Lockheed Martin Australia) David Peckham (Thales Group) Nigel Everingham (NIOA - Firearms, Optics, Ammunition and Accessories) The Australian Industry & Defence Network Queensland (AIDN-QLD) advised that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) were attracted to attend the event to receive insights into project opportunities. In addition, SMEs have expressed interest in participating in the ‘speed dating’ style B2B session, a unique inaugural event in the region. Registered attendees will meet one-on-one with defence contractors, suppliers and key players in the defence supply chain - an opportunity not to be missed.
Date: Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 November 2019
Location: RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia
The Australian Defence Force has announced that RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia will host the next Defence Force Air Show on 9 and 10 November 2019. Air Commodore Noddy Sawade, Head of Air Shows, said Defence was proud to stage the Air Show at RAAF Base Edinburgh. “Defence has had a presence in South Australia since World War II and RAAF Base Edinburgh is a significant military base for the Australian Defence Force. “We are looking forward to putting on an Air Show that features historic aircraft as well as demonstrating some of the latest Defence military aircraft and technology."
Date: Tuesday 12 - Thursday 14 November 2019
Location: National Convention Centre, Canberra
In November each year, the annual Military Communications and Information Systems (MilCIS) Conference welcomes military and government organisations, academia, and defence industries to contribute to the future direction of military communications and information systems.
Date: Monday 18 - Thursday 21 November 2019
Location: Fremantle, Western Australia
The theme of the Conference will be: 'Innovation and Investment in the Sub-sea Environment’. SubSTEC5 will be held with the support of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: Offshore science/technology/engineering; Engineering design; Emerging/disruptive submarine technologies; Research and development/test and evaluation policy and management; Workforce skills development; Sovereignty/intellectual property protection; Integrating multi-national technology; and Complex program management. For people who wish to attend the conference as delegates, registrations will open on 1 May.
Date: Thursday 21 - Friday 22 November 2019
Location: ADFA, Canberra
The Office of the Defence Seaworthiness Regulator is hosting the inaugural Defence Seaworthiness Symposium in Canberra 21-22 November 2019. The theme of the symposium is ‘Reforming to Transform - Seaworthiness as a Defence wide priority’. Day 1 will consist of an address from the Defence Seaworthiness Authority VADM Michael Noonan and presentations from Capability Managers and their representatives as well as an informative panel discussion. Day 2 will consist of 2 concurrent workshops facilitated by staff from the Office of the Defence Seaworthiness Regulator. Workshop 1 will focus on Defence Flag Administration requirements, Workshop 2 will focus on evolving a compliance strategy. Places are strictly limited.
Date: Wednesday 19 - Wednesday 19 February 2020
Location: QT Hotel, Canberra
Guests will enjoy an evening of networking and socialising which will include a VIP guest speaker and the presentation of the 2019 AIDN National Young Achiever Award. Senior Defence parliamentarians and officials will join us to celebrate the annual dinner and guests have the opportunity to support Legacy Australia in a silent auction.
Date: Tuesday 1 - Thursday 3 September 2020
Location: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
The biennial LAND FORCES exposition is a powerful forum for key decision-makers from throughout the region, enabling government representatives, defence officials, military procurement managers and senior army officers to network with defence materiel manufacturers, equipment suppliers and service providers.
Date: Tuesday 23 - Sunday 28 February 2021
Location: Avalon Airport
The Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition is one of Asia-Pacific's most prestigious events and the most comprehensive aviation, aerospace and defence exposition in the southern hemisphere. Avalon hosts multiple concurrent conferences and expo streams, across the spectrum of Defence, Airlines, Business and General Aviation, Sport and Recreational Aviation, Airports, MRO, Space, Unmanned Systems, Air Safety and Ground Equipment. Avalon supports multiple ways to engage with government, industry and defence opportunities; including indoor and outdoor exhibitions, chalets, sponsorship, and networking events. While Australia and New Zealand prepare major Defence modernisation programs, civil aerospace companies are pursuing the rapidly-growing Indo-Asia-Pacific airline and civil aerospace market, and the public will view the history as well as the emerging future of air transport and air power.
Past Events
Date: Monday 27 - Friday 31 October 2014
Location: Paris , France
With 30,458 professional visits from 115 countries, without counting official delegations, interest in this exhibition of reference has shown significant increase. Just after France, Russia recorded the highest visitor participation, followed by Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Large and midcap companies scored for 68% of attendances, and small to medium and very small enterprises accounted for 32%.
Date: Tuesday 21 - Wednesday 22 October 2014
Location: Wellington , New Zealand
NZDIA organises the New Zealand Defence Seminars, generally held annually in October/November. This Seminar brings together Australian and New Zealand commercial companies, Asian, Australian and New Zealand Defence purchasing interests together with high level New Zealand Ministerial involvement.
Date: Monday 20 - Saturday 25 October 2014
Location: , Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
The Republic of Korea (ROK) has one of the largest Defence expenditures in Asia and has one of the fastest growing defence industries in the world. While the ROK is developing a significant indigenous defence industry capability, it remains a major importer of defence equipment and technology.
Date: Wednesday 15 - Thursday 16 October 2014
Location: Darwin Convention Centre , Australia
Northern Australia's increased strategic importance to Defence is well documented, not least in the last White Paper. Big changes are happening in the north, and Defence will play a large part of it. Northern Australia's geographic and strategic location makes it ideal for the support of Defence in the delivery of its objectives and strategic interests for the protection of Australia and its offshore resources. The Northern Territory has a strong economy, existing Defence and civilian infrastructure, available land and natural resources for future development.
Date: Monday 22 - Thursday 25 September 2014
Location: Queensland , Australia
Presented in collaboration with the Australian Army, LAND FORCES 2014 succeeds the former Land Warfare Conference and Exhibition previously held in Australia. LAND FORCES 2014 will be an expanded and comprehensive international industry exhibition to showcase land-defence equipment, technology and services for the armies of Australia, Asia and the Pacific region. It will be the essential event to access army and land-defence decision-makers and to connect with numerous military, government, scientific and industry delegations from around the world, with particular emphasis on the Asia Pacific and Australia.
Date: Wednesday 17 - Sunday 21 September 2014
Location: Waterkloof Base , South Africa
Date: Wednesday 10 - Thursday 11 September 2014
Location: Canberra , Australia
In the wake of increased international defence spending, hostile territorial disputes and an overall shift in the balance of power in the Asia Pacific region comes a need for a united Australian Defence Force and an aligned, cooperative and consultative defence/industry partnership. The procurement of non-military equipment and infrastructure will continue to become increasingly prevalent in supporting the personnel and operational requirements of our defence forces. With the nature of the combat environment being highly changeable and notoriously unpredictable, it is essential to have a dynamic and accommodating support strategy and risk mitigation plan in place in order to facilitate optimum performance and operational efficiency on the front line.
Date: Tuesday 9 - Wednesday 10 September 2014
Location: Twickenham Stadium , United Kingdom
UAS is the industry leading conference and exhibition examining the latest military, civil and cross governmental applications of unmanned systems. With a wealth of experience from operations in segregated airspace, as well as the potential proliferation of unmanned systems in the civilian and commercial market, the time is right to bridge the gap between these two areas by creating a hub for the unmanned community. In association with Unmanned Air Systems Capability Development Centre (UAS CDC) and Cranfield University, UAS 2014 offers a one-off opportunity to receive the very latest operational, regulatory and commercial updates from the unmanned community, and dedicated time to do business with more than 300 senior military, government and industry professionals.
Date: Monday 25 - Thursday 28 August 2014
Location: Adelaide , Australia
For SimTecT 2014, the aim is to bring together educators, analysts, and developers from Defence, resources and infrastructure, emergency management, transport, education, public sector and simulation industries around the theme: SIMULATION – INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS.
Date: Monday 28 - Wednesday 30 July 2014
Location: , Australia
The Defence and Industry Conference has seen a steady growth in participation since the first such Conference was held in the 1990s. The last Conference in 2011, the seventeenth Conference, was also held in Adelaide and attracted 630 companies and over 1700 attendees.  Seventy-five per cent of delegates were from industry.   
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