Join representatives from industry, government and the education sector to discuss and explore the complex challenges facing the next generation defence industry workforce and how to enhance young peoples’ participation in the sector.

About the Summit

The Virtual National Defence Industry Skilling and Workforce Summit provides an opportunity for Defence to enhance collaboration with Australia’s defence industry sector to engage, attract, train and retain a highly skilled and specialised workforce to meet future defence capability needs.

The 2021 Summit will focus on young people in defence industry, considering the complex challenges and opportunities facing the next generation workforce and exploring how we can enhance young peoples’ participation in the sector. The Summit will feature representation by young people as well as participants from industry, state/territory and federal governments and the education sector.

Dates and Times

5 May 2021, 10.30am to 2.45pm
6 May 2021, 10.30am to 3.20pm


The Summit will provide a range of engaging and interactive sessions covering a variety of issues including:

  • opening address from the Minister for Defence Industry
  • keynote addresses from senior Defence and Industry representatives
  • meeting the long-term workforce challenge
  • current initiatives encouraging young people to pursue careers in defence industry
  • case studies on how adjacent industries and allies have attracted and retained a youth workforce

Who is this for?

The 2021 Virtual National Defence Industry Skilling and Workforce Summit is open to:

  • Defence Industry businesses
  • Industry associations
  • Education sector – TAFEs and Universities, students and teachers
  • State and Territory governments
  • Federal government departments

The full agenda and details for specific sessions will be distributed in the week prior to the Summit. This will include calendar invites and virtual joining details.

Our Partner Universities

Australian National University logo
Charles Sturt University logo
Macquarie university logo
University of New South Wales logo
University of Newcastle logo
University of Sydney logo
University of Wollongong logo
University of Technology Sydney logo
Western Sydney University logo