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Defence Entrepreneurs Forum Australia (DEFAus) – 2019 Overview

Interested in pitching or participating at the Defence Entrepreneur’s Forum Australia 2019 (#DEFAus19)? This article provides the basics.

What is DEFAus?

DEFAus is both a network and a forum:

  • Network. DEFAus is a network of people who debate the changing character of warfare in order to progress our thinking for new concepts and capability. Just as the character of warfare changes, DEFAus adapts and morphs each year. Upcoming DEFAus activities will be announced by Brigadier Ian Langford at the 2019 forum.
  • Forum. Each year DEFAus hosts a forum focused on junior leader ideas. This is the fourth year the forum has been held in Australia. You can view idea pitches and presentations from previous years here (Australian and New Zealand ideas) and from the United States network here. This year’s forum (#DEFAUS19) is hosted by the Australian War College. This year’s forum continues to support junior leaders and conceptual ideas, and provides greater connection into the Defence network for capability ideas.

Why does DEFAus exist?

  • Inspire – junior leader innovation and adaptation
  • Connect – the people network for innovation and adaptation (it is a team sport)
  • Empower – a culture of innovation and adaptation as the norm

What is #DEFAus19?

  • What: #DEFAus19 is a forum to inspire junior leader’s futures thinking, connect junior leaders to a professional development network, and empower junior leader ideas. The forum includes junior leaders formally pitching their ideas to senior leaders.
  • Where: Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra
  • When: 30 September to 01 October 2019
  • Who: two types of attendance for junior leaders:
    • Idea Pitchers: Australian Public Service (APS) or Australian Defence Force (ADF) junior leaders. Idea Pitchers can be teams or individuals.
    • Participants: Defence members (APS and ADF) who want to attend #DEFAus19 but who are not pitching an idea.
    • Note: non-Defence members can contact the DEF Aus team for participation information.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: download here.
  • Pitch Guidance: download here.
  • Eventbrite: order your tickets as a participant or idea pitcher here.


See you in September!