Melbourne and Avalon, February 25-26, 2019

The AAUS “Exploring an Unmanned Future” conference will attract Unmanned System Industry, Defence & Academia from around the world to present, promote and discuss the future of unmanned technologies and in particular drones in Australia over the next 5 years.

It is an important strategic event held in association with the Australian International Airshow Aerospace and Defence Expo (Avalon 2019).

The themes will cover:

  • Where will the Australian Unmanned Systems industry be in 5 years’ time?
  • Addressing Roadblocks and Risks?
  • What are the Opportunities?
  • Enabling Technology
  • Australian Defence Force Programs Information Sessions (The ADF will conduct a capability and project briefing on LAND129Ph3 during the event).

AAUS events are focused on broadening professional relationships amongst members and key industry end users.

Our events are strongly supported by key Government and Industry players and there will be opportunities to meet with them during the conference and at the conference dinner.

Conference Program

The conference program is still being constructed and will consist of short presentations and discussion panels.  The format of the program will cover the following key themes:

Monday February 25, 2019 (Melbourne)

0900 – 1030 Session 1:  Unmanned Industry of the Future

  • Where will the Australian Unmanned Systems industry be in 5 years’ time?  Four short presentations will address outlook for industry identifying market size, applications and skills requirement
  • Panel discussion with presenters and conference delegates.

1030 – 1100 Morning Tea

1100 – 1230 Session 2:  Challenges and Opportunities

  • What are the risks, road blocks and challenges facing the unmanned systems industry?  Four short presentations will address challenges for industry identifying risks such as access to airspace, safety, privacy and nuisance concerns and discuss opportunities such as Low Altitude Airspace Management.
  • Panel discussion with presenters and conference delegates.

1230 – 1330 Lunch

1330 – 1500 Session 3:  Enabling Technology

  • What are the enabling technologies that will allow the industry to grow safely and remain viable  Four short presentations will address different enabling technologies such as platforms, payloads and airspace management.
  • Panel discussion with presenters and conference delegates.

1500 – 1530 Afternoon Tea

1530 – 1700 Session 4: Building an Unmanned Defence Industry

  • The ADF is investing heavily in unmanned system technology.  This session will explore some of these programs and opportunities for Australian Industry.   

Tuesday February 26, 2019 (Avalon)

0930 – 1200 Session 5:  Land 129 Phase 3 Tender Briefing and Q&A Session

  • Defence Program LAND129 Ph3 will acquire a new Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to replace the Shadow 200 Tactical UAS (TUAS) from 2023. The new capability will replace the Shadow 200 capability and is intended to provide greater performance with respect to; payload modularity, endurance, deployability, connectivity, lethality and interoperability. The TUAS will be operated by 20 Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment which will grow from two TUAS batteries to three.
  • The LAND129 Ph 3 Program Office will conduct a capability and project briefing as part of the Australian Association of Unmanned Systems (AAUS) conference at Avalon 2019. This activity will be aimed at providing industry with a better understanding of the proposed capability need and project timelines prior to an approach to market following Gate One approval. The Project also intends to seek industry feedback on project plans and capability needs.

1200 – 1245 Break for Fast Jet Activity

1245 – 1330 Session 6:  Unmanned System Industry Capability Pitches

  • Four short pitches from Australian Industry on new and innovative technology 

1330 – 1400 Break for Fast Jet Activity

1400 – 1600 Session 7:  Defence Program Updates

  • Updates from Australian Army, Navy and Air Force on current and future programs relevant to unmanned systems

1600: Conference Ends

Confirmed Speakers

  • Ed Graziano (Northrop Grumman)
  • Dr Reece Clothier (Boeing)
  • Luke Gumley (CASA)
  • Jackie Dujmovic (Hover UAV)
  • Adam Welsh (DJI)
  • Terry Martin (Nova Systems)
  • Adam Hogan (Thales Australia)
  • Evert van Schuppen (UAV Vision)
  • LTCOL Keirin Joyce (Australian Army)
  • CAPT Matthew Royals (Royal Australian Navy)
  • CMDR Philip Woodward (Royal Australian Navy)
  • Andrew McKinnon (Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group)
  • Rick Wellesley (Prism Defence)
  • Rob Sutton (Mirragin Consulting)


Monday February 25, 2019: The Victorian Arts Centre (Pavilion Room) at Southbank in Melbourne (100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004)

Tuesday February 26, 2019: Conference Centre at the Australian International Airshow Aerospace & Defence Exposition, Avalon Airport



Conference Dinner

A conference dinner is available at additional cost and usually provides a great networking opportunity in a relaxed environment.

The AAUS conference dinner will be held on the evening of Monday February 25, 2019 at the Left Bank overlooking the Yarra River on Southbank.  It should be great fun.

Note: You can package the cost of the dinner with registration for your team under our sponsorship packages.




Early Bird  /  Standard

  • AAUS Member:                                     $495   /   $550
  • Defence & Government:                   $495   /   $550
  • Industry:                                                  $595   /   $660
  • Academia:                                               $315   /   $345
  • Conference Dinner option:               $90    /   $100

Pricing is Ex-GST. Early Bird Pricing available until December 14, 2018. Speakers and Sponsors are registered at no cost for the conference and conference dinner.  Registration includes access to industry days of Avalon 19 (Tues – Thurs).

Registration is now open via the Avalon 2019 website.



AAUS is a not for profit organisation that aims to promote the unmanned system industry through quality events at affordable prices.  This is only possible through the generous support we receive from our Sponsors at these events.

Flexible sponsorship packages are available to highlight your organisation and support the AAUS conference.

AAUS Exploring an Unmanned Future Sponsorship Packages 

Platinum Sponsor

Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsor

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