Defence Seaworthiness Symposium 2020

Published on MIDN Jack Meadows (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Location(s): ADFA, Canberra, ACT

Topic(s): Strategy, Leadership

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN delivers his opening address at the inaugural Defence Seaworthiness Conference held at Adams Hall, ADFA, Canberra in November 2019. (photo: )
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN delivers his opening address at the inaugural Defence Seaworthiness Conference held at Adams Hall, ADFA, Canberra in November 2019.

The annual Defence Seaworthiness Symposium will once again be held at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra on 17 September 2020.

Defence leaders, seaworthiness practitioners and industry representatives will discuss how Defence Seaworthiness Management System (DSwMS) has changed their thinking and how it has improved how Defence generates seaworthy maritime capability.

Director-General Engineering - Navy, Commodore Colin Dagg, avows the value of the symposium.

“Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success, with plenty of lively discussions and networking opportunities.

“While this year will be a little different with a mostly virtual symposium, I fully anticipate the same positive dynamic as people from across the country will be able to interact and contribute.

“I encourage anyone in the Defence Maritime Community to take part and learn about innovations in seaworthiness.

“This includes the Navy Engineering Branch’s newly developed Navy Assurance Management System that supports the provision of justified confidence that the Navy Enterprise is providing seaworthy material,” he said.

The Office of the Defence Seaworthiness Regulator (ODSwR) is providing a creative solution to deliver its content to the broader maritime community.

This year ODSwR has engaged Redback Connect to assist with how we connect, communicate and collaborate, helping to live stream the event around the country to ensure no one misses out.

Executive Director Office of the Seaworthiness Regulator Mrs Nickola Lee speaks on the success of the branches ability to respond to the challenges of COVID-19.

“We have found new ways to address the challenges of collaboration and interaction with each other when physical engagement isn’t an option.

“This Symposium is an excellent demonstration of our ability to broaden our locations and means of engagement by opening up the event to everyone within the community regardless of their physical location.

“Through this mixed mode of delivery, we are now able to interact with everyone regardless of if they’re sitting in the audience, or conferencing in from their home anywhere in the world,” Mrs Lee said.

COVID-19 awareness has impacted travel and group sizes, and while there will still be a physical attendance portion of the event, it is limited to 60 Canberra-based attendees only.

We are looking forward to your online or in-person participation.

More information on the event, agenda, and registration details (for online or in-person participation) can be found at the 2020 Symposium website.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN delivers his opening address at the inaugural Defence Seaworthiness Conference held at Adams Hall, ADFA, Canberra in November 2019.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN delivers his opening address at the inaugural Defence Seaworthiness Conference held at Adams Hall, ADFA, Canberra in November 2019.