With billions in new defence infrastructure investment on the horizon for the Hunter, the 2022 Hunter Defence Conference will be an unmatched opportunity for established, new and emerging defence industries, business, advisers and investors to leverage Australia’s Defence thought leaders and converge on new markets and prospects for growth.
Defence Industry Adviser and Hunter Defence Taskforce Chair, Tim Owen said that with the Federal Government having forecast an increase of $270 billion Defence spend nationally over the next decade and a key focus on sovereign capability, including from the Hunter region’s defence presence, there has never been better opportunity for Australian businesses in the defence sector.
“Defence and defence industries are facing unprecedented growth potential and Hunter Defence will be providing the platform to engage, connect and capitalise on this opportunity,” Mr Owen said.
The 2022 Hunter Defence Conference will focus on helping SMEs position their business and workforce to take advantage of increasing opportunities in the Defence sector announced recently by the Federal Government.
“This focus is central to the ambition of the Hunter Defence collaboration – building connections to achieve industrial growth,” said Mr Owen.
The Hunter Defence Conference is about letting the small to medium businesses sit with the big primes and look at the Hunter region as the place to invest and grow their specialised and niche defence industry offerings – helping business capitalise on the economic advancement taking place in the Hunter.
The event, running from August 31 through to September 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, and Hunter Defence is planning keynote speeches by the Minister for Defence and the NSW Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade.
Industry development updates will be provided to Conference Delegates from Defence Primes and senior capability development staff from Army, Navy, Air Force, Space and Cyber agencies within Defence. The conference will also look critically on how, at a regional level, we upskill industry workforce to meet these increased opportunities.
“The 2022 Hunter Defence Conference will show current and potential contractors where the supply chain opportunities lie and how they can skill their workforce with the capabilities that Defence needs,” Mr Owen said.
Along with insights from and access to sector leadership in government an industry, this year’s Hunter Defence Conference will have an added advantage for attending delegates with a full conference exhibition across the three days at the Crowne Plaza.
“Having a platform like the Hunter Defence Conference to actually touch, look and learn about innovation, industry advancement and sector initiatives in this region will help small to medium businesses focus in on their product development priorities and business growth through engagement with like-minded and tested industry colleagues,” Mr Owen said.
Registration for the 2022 Hunter Defence Conference will be made open to the public through the Hunter Defence website on Wednesday 4 May, 2022.
Media enquiries: Tim Owen AM 0477 201 000
ABOUT THE HUNTER DEFENCE
Hunter Defence is a collaborative industry group that promotes Hunter industry expertise and capability to attract more defence manufacturing and supply opportunities to the region. It includes key stakeholder groups across business, industry, government, education and is financially supported by HunterNet, Newcastle Airport, Business Hunter, RDA Hunter, Newcastle Master Builders, the University of Newcastle and the NSW Government.
For more information on the Hunter Defence Conference visit www.hunterdefence.org.au.