General Information

General Information

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The 5th Submarine Science, Technology and Engineering Conference (SubSTEC 5) will be held at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, WA 18th-21st November 2019. The theme of the Conference will be: 'Innovation and Investment in the Sub-sea Environment’.  SubSTEC5 will be held with the support of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). 

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 Bathers Beach House, Fremantle, on the evening of Monday 18th November followed by 3 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 Tuesday 19th November at the Esplanade Hotel.

Questions & Answers

Questions for speakers will be managed using a web interface on


6.00 pm Monday 18th to pm Thursday 21st November 2019 AWST( GMT -08:00).

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 15 Nov 2019 will be refunded less an administration fee of $25.  Cancellations received after Friday 15 Nov 2019 are not refundable.  All delegates will receive a Tax Invoice.

Registration Desk

On-line registration details are available via the Registration page

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 Fremantle Bathers' Beachhouse between 1800 and 2000 on Monday 18th  November 2019.  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 Tuesday 19th  November 2019 at the Esplanade 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)


The dress for the conference and social events is Business Attire/Lounge Suit or Uniform (note that the RAN is wearing summer uniform at this time of year). For the dinner, we suggest that a Lounge Suit is appropriate.


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 will be shown on the accommodation page. Although the SIA will negotiate special rates,  these rates, travel and accommodation arrangements are the individual responsibility of delegates.


Industrial and academic tours for this conference will be arranged for Monday 18th November in the local vicinity.


Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind.

SIA Annual General Meeting

The 21st  Annual General Meeting of the SIA will be held at 0800 on Wednesday 20th November 2019  at the Esplanade 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.


Registration will open on Wednesday 1 May 2019. Special Early Bird registration rates and discounts are available and details are available on the Fees page.

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 SubSTEC 5  and Annual Corporate) will be posted shortly

SIA Conference Sponsors

Thales - Bronze Sponsor [more]
Lockheed Martin Australia - Bronze Sponsor [more]
ASC Pty Ltd - Bronze Sponsor [more]
WA Defence Review - Media Partner [more]
MacTaggart Scott Australia - Reception Sponsor [more]
Babcock Pty Ltd - Satchels Sponsor [more]
Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia - Dinner Wines Sponsor [more]
BMT [more]
Saab Australia - Lanyards Sponsor [more]
JFD Australia - Tuesday Lunch Sponsor [more]
Nova Systems - Name Tags Sponsor [more]
HTR Group - Wednesday Lunch Sponsor [more]
Defence SA - Pre-Dinner Drinks Sponsor [more]
BlueZone Group - Tuesday Morning Session Break [more]
PGM Environment - Tuesday Afternoon Session Break Sponsor [more]
JEDS - Wednesday Morning Session Break Sponsor [more]
APC Technology - Thursday Morning Session Break Sponsor [more]
AECOM - Ruby Sponsor [more]
Jacobs Australia - Opal Sponsor [more]
BMT - Opal Sponsor [more]

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