Event type: Virtual Summit

Date: 5 to 6 May 2021


Day one — 10.30am to 2.45pm

Day two — 10.30am to 3.20pm

Venue: Online

Cost: Free

Supported by: Department of Defence

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.


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

How do I apply?

Further details on the Summit and upcoming sessions will be available shortly. Please register your interest to ensure you receive future updates about specific sessions and guest speakers.