Building Australia's Defence and Naval Shipbuilding Skills


Date: Wednesday 4 October

Time: 1030 - 1200

Registration: This event is open to all PACIFIC 2017 trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates however, pre-registration is required.

  • Step 1 - Register as a PACIFIC 2017 trade visitor here. Exhibitors can also attend this event, but will be required to have an exhibitor badge.
  • Step 2 - Register your attendance for Building Australia’s Defence and Naval Shipbuilding Skills by contacting Mathilda Grist here.

Hosted by: The Defence Industry Education and Skills Consortium (DIESC)

Location: Level 3 Exhibition, ICC Sydney

The Defence Industry Education and Skills Consortium (DIESC) is an initiative of a cross-state group of universities, vocational education providers and industry bodies to provide a practical solution to the effective coordination of education and skills provision in the defence industry sector.

  • The Defence Teaming Centre
  • The University of South Australia
  • The University of Adelaide
  • Flinders University
  • RMIT University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • South Metropolitan TAFE
  • The Indigenous Defence Consortium.

This event will be the official launch of the DIESC, which will include a panel discussion with key industry and academic stakeholders involved in the future naval shipbuilding programs.

The sheer scale of the combined naval shipbuilding programs will require a significant increase in skilled personnel for both defence industries and the defence forces, especially in engineering, ICT and other technical skills, this represents a significant risk to the success of these critical projects. Without strategic intervention, it is not clear how this requirement will be fulfilled. The panel will address the challenges and discuss how we as a national can overcome them.

1030 Guests arrive - light morning tea served
1040 TBC - to deliver Opening Remarks
1050 Margot Forster, DTC to deliver brief overview
1055 Adam Goodes, IDC to deliver speech

Rowan Moffitt, Partner, Advisory – Head of Defence Services Australia, EY to facilitate panel discussion

Panel to include representatives from

  • Brian Rungie, TAFE SA
  • Antoine Sajous, Naval Group
  • Professor Craig Valli, Edith Cowan University
  • Pauline Richards – HR Director Navantia Australia
  • Mat Hunter - Fincantieri
  • Shelley Willsmore – HR Director BAE Systems Australia.
1155 TBC - Uni SA - closing Remarks
1200 Ends

For further information:
Mathilda Grist
Events and Partnerships Coordinator
Defence Teaming Centre
DIESC Coordinating Organisation
(08) 7320 1007