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The 9th Biennial SIA  Conference will be held at the Canberra Rex Hotel 7-8th  November 2018. The theme of the Conference will be: ‘Collins Life of Type Extension - Issues and Opportunities'.

The SIA Biennial Conferences alternate with the SubSTEC technology conferences annually - the biennial series have a more strategic vice technology focus.  An Opening Reception will be held at the Canberra Rex hotel on the evening of Tuesday 6th Nov. followed by 2 days  of high quality presentations from senior and highly experienced members of the national and international submarine community.  A conference dinner will be held on the evening of Wednesday 7th Nov. also at the Canberra Rex hotel

Questions & Answers

Questions for speakers will be managed using a web interface on


6.00 pm Tuesday 6th Nov. November to pm Thursday 8th November 2018 (Australian Easter Daylight Time GMT-11:00).

Cancellations and Refunds

Delegates who find themselves unable to attend the Conference after submitting a registration form are most welcome to nominate a substitute.  All applications for substitution and cancellations must be made in writing to the Organising Committee. 

Cancellations received before Friday 2 Nov 2018 will be refunded less an administration fee of $25.  Cancellations received after Friday 2 Nov 2018 are not refundable.  All delegates will receive a Tax Invoice.

Registration Desk

Registration will take place each morning  between 0730 and 0830.  All non-delegate attendees at the Dinner will receive a printable entree card.


Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included in your Registration Fee.  Please advise if you have any special dietary requirements using the relevant field in the registration form.


The Conference Reception will be held at the Canberra Rex hotel  between 1800 and 2000 on Tuesday 6 November 2018.  The Reception is open to Conference delegates and guests.  Cost of the Reception is in addition to the Conference Registration Fee.

Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner will be open to Conference delegates and guests and will be held on the evening of Wednesday 7 November 2018 at the Canberra Rex hotel  (following Pre-Dinner Drinks ).  Cost of the Dinner is in addition to the Conference Registration Fee.
The program for the Dinner is:

1830-1900 Pre-Dinner Drinks 
1900-2230 Dinner (Dinner Speaker - TBA)




Business Attire/Lounge Suit or Uniform (note that the RAN is wearing summer uniform at this time of year).


Delegates will be issued with passes on registration and may be asked for proof of identity.  Nametags must be worn at all times during the Opening Reception, the Conference and the Conference Dinner.

Travel and Accommodation

Details of hotels with which the SIA has negotiated special rates are shown on the accommodation page. Although the SIA has negotiated these rates, travel and accommodation arrangements are the individual responsibility of delegates.


Tours are not arranged for this conference.


Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind.

SIA Annual General Meeting

The 20th Annual General Meeting of the SIA will be held at 0800 on Thursday 8th November 2018 in Hall A at the Canberra Rex hotel

Chatham House Rule

The ‘Chatham House Rule’ applies to questions and answers.  Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.


Acceptance of any registration is at the absolute discretion of the Conference Committee.


Information necessary for your attendance at the Conference will be gathered, stored and disseminated in accordance with National Privacy legislation.   A participant list with name, organisation and state will be made available to all parties directly involved in the conference, including sponsors.  Please indicate on the Registration Form if you do not wish to have your details on the participant list.


The conference program and registration information are correct at the time of publication; however, the conference organisers reserve the right to change details as necessary.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Opportunities for sponsorship of the SIA (both 2018 Biennial Conference and Annual Corporate) can be viewed here.






Thales - Gold Sponsor
Lockheed Martin Australia - Silver Sponsor
Saab Australia - Bronze Sponsor
ASC Pty Ltd - Bronze Sponsor
Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia - Bronze Sponsor
MacTaggart Scott Australia - Reception Sponsor
Babcock Pty Ltd - Satchels Sponsor
Phoenix International (Australia) - Q&A Sponsor
PMB Defence - Dinner Wine Sponsor
Veem - Coffee Van
L3 Technologies - Lanyards Sponsor
JFD Australia - Wednesday Lunch Sponsor
Nova Systems - Name Tags Sponsor
Modis - Thursday Luncheon Sponsor
JEDS - Pre-Dinner Drinks Sponsor
Defence SA - Session Break Sponsor
BlueZone Group - Wednesday Afternoon Session Break
APC Technology - Wednesday am Session Break Sponsor
Sonartech Atlas - Thursday Afternoon Session Break Sponsor
BMT - Ruby Sponsor
AECOM - Ruby Sponsor
Jacobs Australia - Opal Sponsor
MEMKO Pty Ltd - SME Ruby Sponsor







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