The Hunter Defence Conference has become Australia’s premier regional Defence event, offering excellent program quality and value for money.

The Hunter Defence Conference is key to promoting regional defence industry capability and presents a strong, unified voice for the Hunter that is heard throughout NSW industry, the NSW Government, and by Federal Government representatives.   

HDC2023 will feature a two-day conference, SME exhibition, cocktail evening, and gala dinner – all refined and enhanced based on feedback gathered from previous conferences. Conference proceeds will again enable Hunter Defence to contribute to charities in support of local veterans.


Dates: WED 23 AUGUST – THURS 24 AUGUST 2023

Location: Rydges Hunter Valley (formally the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley), 430 Wine Country Drive, Lovedale, NSW 2325

Emcee: Katherine Ziesing, Strategic Communications Manager, Hanwha Defense Australia 



  • Exhibitors and Registrations from 7:30 – 8:30am
  • Conference: 8:30am – 4:30pm
    • Session 1: 8:30am – 10:30am
    • Morning Tea
    • Session 2: 11am – 1pm
    • Lunch
    • Session 3: 2pm – 4:30pm
  • Welcome Cocktail Event: 4:30pm – 6:30pm


  • Conference: 8:30am – 4:30pm
    • Session 1: 8:30am – 10:30am
    • Morning Tea
    • Session 2: 11am – 1pm
    • Lunch
    • Session 3: 2pm – 4pm
  • Gala Dinner: 
    • Arrival Drinks: 6:30pm
    • Gala Dinner Event: 7pm

The 2023 Conference topics are work in progress until speakers are confirmed, however the conference themes will centre around:

  • The opportunities for AUKUS in the Hunter: The conference will provide an excellent opportunity for organisations to attend, network and potentially take part in speaking opportunities, to discuss their capabilities directly in relation to AUKUS with Defence Primes and other key players.
  • The impact of the Defence Strategic Review: Defence capability managers representing the major defence projects and contracts will be in attendance at this year’s conference to discuss the local, national and international impacts of the Defence Strategic Review. This provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for delegates to hear the most up-to-date information in relation to the review, as well as new and upcoming opportunities it will generate for the Hunter.

In addition to the above – and building on the momentum generated at the 2022 conference – the event will continue to demonstrate the ever-increasing SME capabilities in the Hunter, as well as provide the latest updates on a range of Defence plans and projects either underway or new to the region. 


MEMBERS $1,190


Simply click HERE or on the image below to purchase your tickets. Ticket sales will close Friday, August 11th unless sold out prior.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Ticket price includes access to the complete conference event for the two days
  • Conference packages include morning tea, lunch, the Wednesday evening cocktail event and the Thursday evening Gala Dinner. All other catering is at the delegate’s own expense.
  • Conference packages exclude accommodation
  • Conference tickets are non-refundable but delegates are transferable
  • A ‘member’ is any organisation that is a Hunter Defence Key Stakeholder: RDA Hunter, HunterNet, Business Hunter, Australian Industry Group, Australian Industry Defence Network, Industry Capability Network NSW, Hunter Defence Support Network, University of Newcastle, TAFE NSW, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, and the NSW Government.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities

There are a range of sponsorship opportunities for government, corporate, and smaller-scale SMEs to be part of HDC2023:

  • LUNCH SPONSOR (2 packages available)
  • MORNING TEA SPONSOR (2 packages available)SOLD!

HDC2023 will also again include an exhibition component with 30 spaces available to SMEs looking to enter the Defence market, build your existing profile, or showcase a new offering.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities have proven highly-sought after in the past – including at last year’s sold-out event – so download the prospectus or contact Merran Wiggans via [email protected] / 0414 599 636 to discuss your options in more detail today.

2023 Exhibitors

Current exhibitors for HDC2023 are listed below. This list will be updated regularly as the exhibition component is finalised. 
A reminder to download the prospectus if you are interested in being an exhibitor this year.

Get in touch

Please complete the form below if you would like to be involved in HDC2023. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] with any specific questions or requests relating to the event.

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