Perth to host global defence and security conference

defence and security conference

Perth is set to host a global defence and security conference in July, at a time when military conflicts are high on the world agenda.

The Indian Ocean Defence & Security Conference will be held at Optus Stadium on July 26 and 27 after being postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19.

The top names in defence and security will gather in Perth for the two-day event including India’s Ambassador to China Shivshankar Menon, BAE Systems Australia COO Darren Kirkby and Research Professor at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences Dr Dewi Fortuna Anwar.

Focusing on the emerging security relevance of the Indian Ocean, topics will include AUKUS, cyber security, the importance of technology and innovation advancement, and growing sovereign capability and the defence industry.

The emergence of Western Australian resource sector innovators in the defence and security space will also take centre stage for the first time.

Among these innovators is the company Fugro, which has developed an unmanned surface vessel conducting subsea inspections and maintenance off the WA coast.

“As Australia’s gateway to the Indian Ocean, Perth is the perfect location to discuss the critical defence and security issues impacting the region,” said Defence Industry Minister Paul Papalia.

“With notable speakers already confirmed from some of Australia’s strongest allies and the world’s largest defence manufacturers, the conference is set to draw a global audience and enable the local defence industry to showcase their capabilities to national and international stakeholders.

“Companies like Fugro are developing cutting-edge technology for the WA resources sector that is leaps and bounds ahead of anything anywhere in the world. The military applications for an autonomous vessel are next level.”