Perth to host 2019 Indo-Pacific Defence Conference

by WA Government News | May 20, 2019
  • Second Indo-Pacific Defence Conference to be held in Perth in August
  • Promoting the State's defence capability to national and international defence stakeholders
  • Five hundred delegates from across the Indo-Pacific region are expected 

The 2019 Indo-Pacific Defence Conference will be held at Crown Towers in Perth on August 12, showcasing the best of WA-based defence industry and research capabilities.

The State Government has partnered with the Perth USAsia Centre to deliver the conference which will convene strategic thinkers from the military, industry, academic and government sectors from across the Indo-Pacific region.

It follows the inaugural conference held in Perth last year and is a direct action from the State Government's WA Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan.

The theme of this year's conference is 'An era of new and renewed partnerships' with a focus on topics including a new role for Indonesia in the region, a growing role for Japan, an aspirational role for India, a renewed role for the United Kingdom and France, and a continued role for the United States.

Key note speakers and panel discussions will explore themes around industry support for the changing operational environment, new frontiers in defence technology, WA's STEM agenda, and defence industry applications for WA's battery minerals and resources expertise.

Five hundred delegates from across the region are expected to attend the conference.

Key note speakers include Major General (Ret.) Seo Young, Professor of Korea National Defense University; Mark Lippert, former US Ambassador to South Korea and now Vice President at Boeing International; and Lieutenant General (Ret.) Agus Widjojo, former Vice Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia and Tentara Nasional Indonesia's Chief of Territorial Affairs.

For a full list of speakers and for more information, visit

Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia:

"Perth is home to Australia's largest naval base, an advanced manufacturing sector and has an internationally recognised reputation for innovation and expertise.

"It is the ideal location to discuss the critical defence and security issues impacting the region and highlight our competitive advantages and strategic global position to our Indo-Pacific neighbours.

"I am strongly committed to promoting our defence capabilities and harnessing WA's competitive edge to maximise defence business opportunities and increase jobs in the sector."

Minister's office - 6552 5600

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