WA Indo-Pacific Defence Conference returns in hybrid format for 2021

The Western Australian Indo-Pacific Defence Conference will return this year, after last year’s cancellation, with three prominent international speakers already confirmed.

United States’ Indo-Pacific Co-ordinator Dr Kurt Campbell will deliver a keynote speech along with former US Ambassador to South Korea and Commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris. BAE Systems Australia CEO Gabby Costigan will also give a speech.

The Japanese Minister for Defense Nobuo Kishi and Boeing Australia’s New Zealand and South Pacific president, Dr Brendan Nelson, will also address the conference.

Defence West is organising the conference in partnership with the Perth USAsia Centre and the UWA Defence and Security Institute.

This year’s conference has been expanded to run for two days at Optus Stadium from October 19-20 and will have a hybrid format, with more than 500 expected to attend.

“As Australia’s Indo-Pacific capital, Perth is the perfect place to discuss the critical defence and security issues impacting the region,” said Defence Industry Minister Paul Papalia.

“This year’s conference will be one of the first opportunities we have had to showcase our world-class defence industry and research capabilities to national and international stakeholders since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.”