Media Release: Defence on Government Agenda

10 Jul 2019
Media Release: Defence on Government Agenda
Senior government officials, leaders from industry and the WA SME sector will come together to discuss critical issues and partnership opportunities for WA defence at the WA Indo-Pacific Defence Conference on Monday 12 August at Crown Towers, hosted by Perth USAsia Centre and Defence West on behalf of the WA Government.

Attendees will hear from Premier Mark McGowan; as well as Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price, Shadow Minister for Defence Richard Marles and Shadow Minister for Defence Industry Matt Keogh.  Senior military leaders from Japan, Korea, and Indonesia and India will join high calibre speakers from USA, including Admiral Scott Swift, Former Commander, US Pacific Fleet, Mark Lippert, Vice President, Boeing International and Admiral Mike Rogers (Ret), Former Commander, US Cyber Command.


According to one of Australia’s leading authorities on the Indo-Pacific, Professor Gordon Flake, CEO of Perth USAsia Centre, defence as an industry provides Western Australian and national business with an avenue to supply to businesses across the region.

“This will be the second WA Indo-Pacific Defence Conference which the Centre will convene on behalf of the WA Government, bringing together influencers, government officials and suppliers from across the state and nation with their counterparts from across the Indo-Pacific to explore the demands of the defence industry now and in the future,” Professor Flake said.

The Conference supports the WA Government’s Western Australian Defence and Defence Industry Strategic Plan and will bring representatives from Austal, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, AMSEG, and SAAB together with WA’s important SME community.

“Last year’s Conference was a great success for the State Government and the Centre, and we plan to continue this year with a conference program that provides insight for all aspects of the defence industry, providing unique networking opportunities, connecting attending delegates with key contacts that could very well change their business trajectory,” Professor Flake said.

This year’s WA Indo-Pacific Defence Conference will offer expanded exhibition opportunities for interested businesses to showcase their products and services during break times, plus there are still some partnerships available.

Tickets for the WA Indo-Pacific Defence Conference are available now and cost $220 including GST.  To register or to find out more about exhibition and partnership opportunities, visit the Perth USAsia Centre website event page.

For further information, please contact:
Tammy Wayne-Elliot
Communications Advisor
T: 6488 4329        
M: 0414 428 440


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