Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    Optus Stadium to host world-class defence and security conference

    14/04/2022 9:15 AM
    • Indian Ocean Defence & Security Conference to be held on August 25 and 26
    • WA resource companies moving into security and defence space
    • Annual conference was postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19

    Some of the world's most influential defence and security leaders are set to descend on Perth, as the Indian Ocean Defence & Security Conference returns to Optus Stadium in August.

    In a year where geopolitical tensions are on the rise and Russia has brought war to Ukraine, the top names in defence and security will gather in Perth for the two-day event.


    Some of the high-profile speakers already confirmed for the conference include India's Ambassador to China Mr Shivshankar Menon, BAE Systems Australia Chief Operating Officer Mr 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, showcasing how technological innovation and advances in the commercial sector may make an increasingly dangerous world safer.


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


    This year's conference will take place on August 25 and 26, 2022.


    To register, visit the Indian Ocean Defence & Security Conference website.


    Comments attributed to Defence Industry Minister Paul Papalia:


    "As Australia's gateway to the Indian Ocean, Perth is the perfect location to discuss the critical defence and security issues impacting the region.


    "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.


    "The WA Government, through Defence West and the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, is committed to growing our defence industry and ensuring the State harnesses its competitive advantages to maximise business opportunities and create more local jobs in the sector.


    "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."


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