Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO, (second from right) was generous with his time on day three of LAND FORCES 2021, touring the exhibition floor with Head Land Capability, Major General Simon Stuart, AO, DSC, (centre) and Regimental Sergeant Major – Army, Warrant Officer Grant McFarlane, OAM.

The LAND FORCES International Land Defence Exposition is a key meeting hub for Australian and international industry, defence, academia and government, as the Australian Army executes the largest peacetime acquisition phase in its history.

From Chief of Army to Ministers, international delegations, prime contractors and supply chain companies, the Australian and international land defence community recognises the LAND FORCES premium conference program, industry exhibition and networking functions as prime opportunities for engagement in the interests of defence capability.

Australian Minister For Defence Industry Melissa Price speaks at the LAND FORCES opening breakfast.
More than 700 companies exhibited at LAND FORCES 2021, from prime contractors to small business.
DR DAVID KERSHAW, Department of Defence Chief Science Engagement and Impact Division, speaks at the LAND FORCES Innovation And Technology For The Future Force conference in 2021.
The LAND FORCES Defence and Industry Dinner was a premium networking opportunity, attracting more than 400 people.

LAND FORCES 2022 Conference and Event Program

The LAND FORCES 2022 Conference and Event Program is currently under development.

In 2021, the extensive LAND FORCES program included 26 conferences, symposia and seminars from a range of presenters including Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC),  Australian Defence Export Office (ADEO), Austrade, Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN), defence industry Primes and many more.

LAND FORCES 2021 Conferences - A lOOK BACK

Industry Capability – Equipping Defence

This one-day conference examined the experiences of several Australian companies in the frontline of defence capability, culminating in a panel session that explored the future of Australia’s sovereign defence manufacturing capability.

Key speakers included:

  • MAJGEN Fergus ‘Gus’ McLachlan, AO (Retired), Strategic Advisor, NIOA
  • Mark Hilton, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Thales Australia
  • Paul Sangster, Executive General Manager, Codan Communications

Innovation & Technology For The Future Force

The one-day Innovation and Technology for the Future Force Conference focused on technologies and capabilities for the future ADF and the ecosystem driving innovation for future ADF capability, including Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), published government strategy on defence and innovation and the agencies that facilitate development and funding.

Key speakers included:

  • Dr David Kershaw, Chief – Science Engagement and Impact Division, Defence Science and Technology 
  • Mr Peter Rowland, CEO, Micro-X, Winner of the National Innovation Award
  • Ms Bernadette Brown, Director, Cogito Group

CIVDEF Civil Defence Conference – Preparing for Community Crisis

The one-day CIVDEF Conference focused on the planning and preparation that fall to governments, communities and those who execute emergency plans in the service of Australia in times of crisis.

Guided by a Conference Chair, the conference centred on fire and flood, the two crises most emergency agencies face each year.

Key Speakers included:

  • Commissioner Greg Leach, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES)
  • Major General Andrew Hocking, CSC, Australian Defence Force National Bushfire Recovery Agency
  • Dr Alan Ryan, Executive Director, Australian Civil Military Centre (ACMC)

Are You Defence Ready? A Guide for SMEs on Working In The Defence Industry

The Australian Industry and Defence Network (AIDN) ran its successful Are You Defence Ready? Workshop at LAND FORCES 2021. Attendees heard from successful SMEs about their journey to becoming Defence Ready and their advice for SMEs.

The panel featured a Prime and an MSP to discuss what they look for in SMEs to determine their Defence readiness and give attendees insight into additional tips and tricks.

The panel featured:

  • Julie Savage, Cognesis Contractors
  • Matthew Ellis, Frontline Manufacturing
  • Michelle Richard, Thales Group Australia
  • David Eyland, Downer MSP

New Dimensions In Training

With the rapid uptake of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence and other wearables, is it time to redefine the approach? This session brought together industry cases, researchers and thought leaders to showcase and discuss some of the new developments and their potential impact on training.

Key Speakers included:

  • COL Stuart Cree, Australian Army Director Training Systems, HQ Forces Command
  • Michael Hardy, Director, Innovation & Technology, KBR, Government Solutions APAC
  • Dr Kate Devitt, Chief Scientist, Trusted Autonomous Systems, DST.

A Whole of Government Approach to Defence Exports

This session provided defence industry with information on federal government initiatives and support available to access export markets; including market advice, financial assistance, advocacy, and advice on export permits. The session included presentations and discussion from relevant government agencies.

The session concluded with a 45 minute pitch-training overview to help companies better promote their capabilities when engaging with Primes and overseas markets.

To gain an insight in to the breadth and fields of topics covered, please find below a PDF version of the LAND FORCES 2021 Event Program.