12 January 2022


INDO PACIFIC 2022 organiser AMDA Foundation is pleased to announce that former Australian Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN (Rtd), has joined the AMDA Foundation Board.

Vice Admiral Barrett served in the Royal Australian Navy for 42 years, culminating as Chief of Navy from 2014 to 2018.

A long-time advocate of industry’s role in providing naval capability, Tim Barrett’s extensive naval service is complemented by experience as Commander Border Protection Command and recent senior executive roles in the civil maritime industry.

In his new association with AMDA Foundation Vice Admiral Barrett will also serve as convenor of the INDO PACIFIC 2022 International Maritime Exposition.

As Chief of Navy he was heavily involved in PACIFIC 2017, before the ongoing event was renamed INDO PACIFIC to better reflect Australia’s strategic stance.

“I have seen first-hand how the INDO PACIFIC event can be a catalyst for engagement at all levels, and can provide a timely interface between Navy and industry in the pursuit of effective capability for the Australian Defence Force,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.

“Hosting both Royal Australian Navy and industry conferences, INDO PACIFIC is arguably unique as a platform for bringing the entire maritime community together in one venue. I look forward to being convenor for INDO PACIFC 2022.”

AMDA Foundation CEO Mr Ian Honnery said Vice Admiral Barrett’s experience was the perfect fit for the organisation and for INDO PACIFIC 2022.

“Vice Admiral Barrett has vast experience across naval and border protection environments, in both surface and aviation domains,” Mr Honnery said.

“He is also intimately acquainted with the critical relationship between industry and defence in ensuring our defence forces and our taxpayers have the most effective capability possible. Vice Admiral Barrett’s experience and understanding of our mission can only add to the effectiveness of future AMDA Foundation events. AMDA Foundation is pleased to announce his appointment to our board.”



Admiral Barrett’s official Royal Australian Navy Biography and Portrait



The INDO PACIFIC 2022 International Maritime Exposition is a global business event, attracting senior merchant marine, shore services, maritime and defence industry, military and government
decision-makers from around the world.

INDO PACIFIC 2022 will feature a comprehensive conference program, including the Royal Australian Navy’s Sea Power Conference and the civil International Maritime Conference (IMC 2022)

The event combines an extensive conference program, industry exhibition and formal networking and engagement programs, providing a platform for engagement between defence, industry, government and academia from Australia and around the world on maritime issues.

Previously known as PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition, in 2020 the event became INDO PACIFIC in order to more closely reflect Australia’s regional stance.
INDO PACIFIC 2022 will be the 12th iteration of this internationally renowned event, which in 2019

  • 657 participating exhibitor companies from 22 nations
  • 182 industry, government, defence and scientific delegations from 48 nations, including 45
    international naval delegations and 21 Chief of Navy counterparts from across the region
  • 48 major conferences, symposia and forums
  • 21,241 attendances across three days.

For media enquiries please contact:

Philip Smart
Head of Industry and Corporate Communications
AMDA Foundation Limited
M: 0438 311 644

18 November 2021


If you have an innovation that could benefit the Navy or Australia’s civil or defence maritime community, stand by for a chance to shine on an international stage at the INDO PACIFIC 2022 International Maritime Exposition, set for Sydney on 10-12 May 2022.

Entries will open on 1 December for the INDO PACIFIC 2022 Innovation Awards. Innovative Australian individuals and Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) businesses could win $15,000. Entries close 1 March 2022.

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • INDO PACIFIC 2022 National Innovation Award
  • INDO PACIFIC 2022 SME Innovation Award (including a $15,000 cash award)
  • INDO PACIFIC 2022 Young Innovator Award (including a $15,000 cash award)

Award winners will be announced at an online event two weeks before INDO PACIFIC 2022. This will enable attendance by Awards entrants and provide time for the winners to make plans to attend INDO PACIFIC 2022 and receive their award in person.

Past winners include prominent Australian companies and organisations such as DMTC Limited, EM Solutions and DroneShield Limited. In many cases winners have further developed their winning entries in to market leading products.

“The awards reflect our mission, which is to promote the development of aviation and Australia’s industrial, manufacturing and information/communications technology resources in the fields of aviation, aerospace, maritime, defence and security,” said Ian Honnery, CEO of the national not-forprofit AMDA Foundation which organises the biennial INDO PACIFIC Exposition.

“Since we launched the Awards in 2012 we have presented $425,000 in SME and Young Innovator Awards to encourage and reward excellence by our small companies and emerging engineers and scientists.”

Australia’s defence industry is now recognised by the Department of Defence as a Fundamental Input to Defence Capability (FIC) and Defence is putting ever-greater emphasis on industry innovation.

“Industry’s ability to deliver on behalf of Defence and the ADF is underpinned by its ability to innovate and bring to the market new defence products and services. That’s what our Awards seek to encourage,” Mr Honnery said.

The awards are open to Australian companies or the Australian subsidiaries of overseas parent companies. The innovation could be anything from a new product or service to a new approach to business. Entries will be judged on originality and their understanding of user needs.

The Indo Pacific Innovation Awards program stands alongside the Innovation Awards which are presented biennially at the Australian International Air Show and Aerospace & Defence Exposition at Avalon Airport and the LAND FORCES International Land Defence Exposition in Brisbane.

To find out further information about the eligibility criteria or to submit an entry for the INDO PACIFIC 2022 Industry Innovation Awards go to: WWW.INDOPACIFICEXPO.COM.AU.

The 2019 award winners included:

  • National Civil Innovation Award: DroneShield Limited (WA)
  • National Defence Innovation Award: DMTC Limited (VIC)
  • Defence SME Innovation Grant ($15,000): EM Solutions Pty Limited (SA)
  • Young Civil Innovator Award ($15,000): Mr Lawrence Marychurch, DroneShield Limited (VIC)
  • Young Defence Innovator Award ($15,000): Mr Ryan McGrath, Mr Thomas Churack and Mr Jason Sardi, Thales Australia (VIC)
  • Innovation Award for C4ISREW, Space, Cyber and Counter-Drone Systems: Ultra Electronics Avalon Systems Pty Limited (SA)
  • Innovation Award for Autonomous and Unmanned Systems: Advanced Navigation
  • Innovation Award for Platforms and Propulsion: DMTC Limited

For enquiries about the awards contact:

Gregor Ferguson
Executive Manager Innovation and Industry Engagement
AMDA Foundation Limited
M: 0414 803 717

For media enquiries please contact:

Philip Smart
Head of Industry and Corporate Communications
AMDA Foundation Limited
M: 0438 311 644