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Thursday 28 February
1400 - 1600

This event is open and complimentary to AVALON 2019 trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates.
Click here to register and make your expression of interest to attend (please note that your expression of interest does not guarantee you a place; Numbers at the AVALON 2019 complimentary conferences are limited and spaces are not guaranteed. Attendance is subject to availability and is on a first come, first served basis).

Conference Room 2, Conference Centre, Australian International Aerospace & Defence Exposition, Avalon Airport

The two hour panel discussion and workshop will bring together leaders from Defence and Civilian aviation industries, to discussion how further collaboration is needed to support a more sustainable aviation industry within Australia. The panel and audience will be challenged to consider what are the barriers currently in place preventing a single aviation industry, how these can be resolved and in doing so how this would benefit both industry and he wider aviation industry.


Mike Kalms
Lead Partner for Defence Industry, KPMG Australia.

Mike is KPMG’s Lead Partner for Australian Defence Industry and Space. He is a veteran program designer and stakeholder management expert with over 25 years commercial and Defence experience. This expertise extends into strategy creation and analysis where Mike has advised all levels of Government on their Defence and industry portfolios, ambitions and plans. He is a LinkedIn contributor and regular moderator at Defence events. Mike was a member of the Expert Panel appointed by Government to oversee the 2016 Defence White Paper, he is the author of several state and federal government defence industry development strategies, has a strong set of relationships across the corporate sector, and is a vocal supporter of Australia’s defence and space business communities as they grow to become a vibrant part of our national advanced manufacturing and services sectors.

ARCDRE James Hood 
Previously Director General, Defence Aviation Safety Authority.

James "Hoody" has just completed a posting as the First Director-General, Defence Aviation Safety Authority, during which he lead the introduction of the new Defence Aviation Safety Regulation (DASR). His career highlights include many senior engineering roles in the acquisition and sustainment of Defence aircraft, for which he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2008 for outstanding achievement in the field of capital acquisition.

As a strong advocate for the new DASR, he is an active champion of the emerging international convention in military airworthiness regulation and the greater alignment of military and civil regulations to support a single aviation sector within Australia.

ARCDRE Jason Agius 
Defence Aviation Safety Authority (DASA)

Group Captain Agius joined the Air Force in January 1987, commencing studies at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). He graduated from ADFA in 1989 and from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1990, with a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering. As a junior officer he enjoyed postings to Number 6 Squadron as the Flight Line Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Headquarters Air Command as a Maintenance Staff Officer for F-111 and P-3, the United Kingdom to complete a post-graduate Masters Degree in Aircraft Vehicle Design and Directorate General of Technical Airworthiness (DGTA) as the F-111 Aircraft Structural Integrity (ASI) Manager.