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CIVDEF Conference

Wednesday 2 June
1000 – 1600
This event will be open to all LAND FORCES 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 LAND FORCEScomplimentary conferences are limited and spaces are not guaranteed. Attendance is subject to availability and is on a first come, first served basis).
Meeting Room M3, Mezzanine Level, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre


Recent natural disasters have seen ever closer cooperation between the Australian Defence Force, and particularly the Australian Army, with civil agencies and industry in helping communities to endure and recover. LAND FORCES will provide a timely forum on the lessons, strategies, issues and tools that are being incorporated in response strategies at all levels to prepare communities for future emergencies.

The one-day CIVDEF Conference will focus on the planning and preparation that fall to governments, communities and those who execute emergency plans in the service of Australia in times of crisis.

Guided by a conference chair eminent in the field, the conference will focus on fire and flood, the two crises most emergency agencies face each year.

CIVDEF will not present on issues of the COVID-19 Pandemic, as major lessons from the pandemic are still being learned and defined.

The conference will support industry links with community and government crisis management agencies and promote industry capability for the Emergency Services sector.

Morning Session 1000 - 1200 – Presentations concerning the strategic, operational and tactical levels of preparation and management in the planning for crisis readiness and response.
Afternoon Session 1400 - 1600 – Collective discussion with first session presenters and industry representatives, including industry presentations on potential options to assist in emergency and crisis management and response execution.


Speaker / Event Time Topic / Notes
Morning Session 1000 - 1200  
MC 1000 General introduction and presentation of conference format
Commissioner Greg LEACH.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES).


An experienced and accredited Level 3 Incident Controller for large wildfires, major structure fires and emergencies.

  • Chain of Command
  • Personnel
  • Logistic management
Major General Andrew HOCKING, CSC.
Australian Defence Force.
National Bushfire Recovery Agency.


Experienced operational commander, Defence Policy adviser and Strategic Planner.

  • Response
  • Recovery
  • Resilience
Operational Speaker # 1 1125


  • The communications plan versus actual experience
  • Movement management of people
  • Logistics
Operational Speaker # 2 1100


  • Management of Emergency Services & personnel
  • Real time management of traffic flow
  • Planning tools for preparations of next flood crisis
Tactical Speaker #1 1115


  • Adaptation of plans
  • Training & Preparation
  • On ground management of civil populations
Tactical Speaker # 2 1130


  • How to manage changing environs
  • Management of isolated people & livestock
  • Logistics
  • Planning for rebuild
Open Panel Session #1 1145 - 1200

Questions to panel from the floor

  • Managed by MC to lead into the second session and industry engagement
Afternoon session 1400 - 1600  
Welcome 1400
  • MC with an introduction & synopsis of the morning session
Industry engagement session 1410 - 1550
  • Industry presentations on support to emergency and crisis planning and execution
Conclusion 1550 - 1600
  • Conclusion and invitation to the exposition floor



Commissioner Greg LEACH.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES).

Greg Leach’s emergency services career commenced in 1986 with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) in Bendigo, Victoria. After holding many senior operational roles during his 21 year career with CFA, Greg then spent seven years with Ambulance Victoria where he held senior executive positions, including Regional Manager, Grampians Region.

In 2014 Greg joined the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFESB) as Deputy Chief Officer and Executive Director, Organisational Learning & Development and was appointed by the MFESB Board as Chief Officer / Chief Executive Officer in June 2019.

Greg holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Emergency Management.  He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers.

He is an experienced and accredited Level 3 Incident Controller and has managed large wildfires, major structure fires and emergencies across Victoria and interstate since 1993.

Greg was appointed Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, commencing on 2 December, 2019.

Major General Andrew HOCKING, CSC.
Australian Defence Force.
National Bushfire Recovery Agency.

General Hocking’s 31-year military career has encompassed operational and strategic roles that have aided in his understanding and abilities to be able to work with communities in crisis and in need of diplomatic and materiel support.

His development includes senior operational roles from regimental experience as a Company Commander in East Timor to Afghanistan as a Lead planner in the NATO International Security Assistance Force and Battle group Commander of Mentoring and Reconstruction Task force – Two through to the Plans Branch Chief at United States Pacific Command.

Prior to his appointment as the Deputy coordinator for the National Bushfire recovery Agency, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2020, he was the commander of the 7th Combat Brigade and was engaged in combating the 2019 fires in South East Queensland.

General Hocking is a professional strategic planner and strategist whose military experience and his work with the NBRA means he has both tactical insight and considered perspectives to offer the Australian Emergency Services as they meet and respond to the threat from Fire or other natural disaster.

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