Australia's defence capability and infrastructure

Australia's defence capability and infrastructure

Nov 8
We operate in a region experiencing shifts in power and influence. How Australia navigates those challenges right now is influencing our economic success and prosperity. 


Steve Grzeskowiak, Deputy Secretary Estate and Infrastructure, Federal Department of Defence
Alison McKechnie, Regional Manager Physical Infrastructure, Cardno International Development
Professor Andrew O'Neil, Dean (Research) and Professor of Political Science, Griffith Business School

Event overview

Defending ourselves and our interests is critical to the growth of Australian business at home and abroad. In this time of rapid geopolitical change hear expert analysis from those leading and informing long-term strategies that define the abilities and capabilities critical to our security and ongoing prosperity.

Join CEDA’s senior audience from across sectors to hear how the mix of record investment in defence, diplomacy and our existing capability will meet the challenges ahead.

Event presentations

Professor Andrew O'Neil, Griffith Business School MP3

Steve Grzeskowiak, Department of Defence MP3 | PDF

Alison McKechnie, Cardno International Development MP3 | PDF

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the speakers

Steve Grzeskowiak
Deputy Secretary Estate and Infrastructure, Federal Department of Defence

The Defence Estate and Infrastructure Group (E&IG) are instrumental to Australia’s defence capability and ability to project our influence in the Indo-Pacific. Steve is responsible for E&IG’s budget of $3.9 billion, assets valued at over $62 billion and stewardship of three million hectares of land with 300 properties and 25,000 buildings. The Group provides the bases and training areas from which the Australian Defence Forces and our allies operate. Steve relocated to Australia from the UK in 2003 and has held senior roles in Defence since including Defence Support Chief Operating Officer and Head of People Policy.

Alison McKechnie
Regional Manager Physical Infrastructure, Cardno International Development

Alison understands how defence infrastructure enables communities and opportunity in our region. She leads a team of infrastructure professionals delivering programs in the Pacific and Asia for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is experienced in government, community and defence project delivery.

Professor Andrew O'Neil
Dean (Research) and Professor of Political Science, Griffith Business School

Andrew is the Chief Investigator of the Australian Research Council grant analysing the Australia-US alliance. Andrew was the Head of the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University. He is the former editor-in-chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs and the author of several books. Before academia Andrew worked in Australia’s Department of Defence.

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