Ms Alisha Fisher, Founder, Asia Pacific Simulation Alliance

Mr Shawn Parr, Chair, SimGOV Forum Taskforce Committee


Mr Greg Akhurst, Director Governance, Australian Defence Simulation and Training Centre

Commonwealth departments have a good history of using modelling and simulation (M&S) for resolving discrete planning or operational issues. From fire front modelling to basic security response planning, departments have individually made good use of extant technology and service offerings. However, there is no centrally available repository of guidance on the effective, efficient, economic and ethical use of M&S for government. In addition, there is no core plan for identifying emerging technologies and human trends in order for policy makers to make greater and more effective use of these technologies. In the absence of these imposed central guidance capabilities it is proposed to establish a community of interest for government agencies to draw on for potential solutions to their M&S needs.


Dr Amanda Davies, Course Director and Senior Lecturer, School of Policing, Charles Sturt University

Significant financial and human resource investment is allocated to embedding simulation based learning in education and training programs. Historically, the key focus is on the assessment of the performance of the learner. An equally important domain is to understand the ‘performance’ of the simulation in supporting learners within the simulation and beyond to their field of practice. Application of a 4 stage evaluation model to identifying the strengths and weaknesses of simulation exercises and environments informs on financial and human resourcing deliberations and continuous improvement initiatives.


Mr Ben Krynski, Founder and Head of Training, Real First Aid

Many people believe that simulation training is too expensive, that it will present too many challenges for their organisation or that it takes months to prepare and execute. This session will debunk those myths by exploring how simulation based training can transform most training systems overnight in an easy, accessible and cost-effective manner.

1230-1330 - Lunch 1330-1430 - JOINT RESPONSE IN COMPLEX ENVIRONMENTS (Part 1)

Chair: Mr Todd Mason, Simulation Manager, Northern Health

Governments have declining budgets forcing them to re-organise and downsize. Expanding pressure from immigration issues, cyber-attacks, terror threats and climate change is requiring a new way of future direction to be considered in a strategic 10-year plan. M&S in Training, Capability Development and Experimentation

Colonel Spencer Norris, Director Capability Operations and Land Simulation, Army Headquarters

In recent years Army has made significant progress in the adoption of simulation enabled training. Ongoing pressures associated with workforce, capability refresh and replacement, and external fiscal pressures means that Army needs to continue to look to find further efficiencies in training, capability development and experimentation if capability levels are to be maintained and improved on. Synthetic training, modelling and simulation provides Army with the necessary mechanisms to meet these challenges.

M&S for Strategic Decision

Mr Greg Akhurst, Director Governance, Australian Defence Simulation and Training Centre

Everyone has a strategy for everything, from personal approach to dental hygiene, to a firm’s intent to grow X percentage of market into Y percent return on investment, to the national strategy for security of any given nation. Simulation support to your (strategic) decision on which handbag to order, what colour pallet to use in redecorating your house is so easily available you can download an app on your phone. But simulation support to decision makers deciding on the deployment of forces, implementation of key policies or the importance of any alliance seems thin. Humans feel more comfortable relying on human intuition rather than objective digital analysis.

What M&S Does for the Royal Australian Navy

Captain Jonathan Ley, RAN, Director Navy Minor Projects and Simulation, Navy Program Support and Infrastructure, Navy Strategic Command

Modelling and simulation is playing an increasingly important role in today’s Navy. Complex operating areas combined with new technologies and dwindling resources makes the training of Navy personnel to meet operations increasingly challenging. In this session, CAPT Ley will outline why M&S is crucial to Navy, where it currently sits and most importantly where Navy intends to take it over the coming years.

1430-1500 - Afternoon Tea 1500-1600 - JOINT RESPONSE IN COMPLEX ENVIRONMENTS (Part 2)

Panel Discussion

1600-1800 - Networking Event
0900-0930 - WELCOME AND DAY 1 SUMMARY 0930-1045 - USE CASES

Chair: Mr Peter Redman, International Panel Member, Asia Pacific Simulation Alliance

Building the Plan - M&S Value to Their Service

Wing Commander Steve Laredo, Deputy Director Modelling and Simulation - Air Force

The Royal Australian Air Force has used simulation for pilot training almost since their inception in 1921. From delivery of the first link trainers from Canada in 1938, to now having some of the most advanced flight and weapons systems trainers in the world. But, why do you need simulation? Simulation is not an end to its own means, when considering the use of simulation, what process do you need to ensure your outcomes are valid? What are the benefits of simulation to your organisation? Using case studies form the Air Force experience, this session will discuss how to develop a simulation capability in your organisation.

‘Visualising’ Personalised Medicine and Population Health

Mr Peter Moon, Managing Director, BALTECH

Patient’s medical data is longitudinal. Have electronic health records (EHR's) made a difference to how patients access their medical data? Is this medical data accessible at anytime, anywhere in the world, by a patient? How many patients get to see, read, understand and interact with their medical records, data and scans? In this session, Mr Moon will explain how simulation can help improve and underpin in this area.

Research Perspectives on the Efficacy of Simulation Approaches and Technologies

Dr Karen Blackmore, Senior Lecturer, School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Engineering and Built Environment, University of Newcastle

Dr Blackmore’s research focusses on the measurement of cognitive load, affective responses to visual stimuli (including in VR/AR), and player/trainee behaviour. In this session, Dr Blackmore will present case studies using startle reflex and optical flow, and discuss potential future projects. This will involve data driven approaches for improving trainee experiences, and quantifying the efficacy of training approaches.

Use Case Panel Discussion 1045-1115 - Morning Tea 1115-1230 - STEM AND WORKFORCE TRAINING

Chair: Mr Todd Mason, Simulation Manager, Northern Health

Successful teams require both task work and teamwork skills to be highly competent in their jobs, forcing government to ensure their teams are qualified to drive these large training program investments. Simulation and Workforce - Whole of Government Matter

Ms Jie Hou, Deputy Director Simulation Policy and Strategy, Australian Defence Simulation and Training Centre

Simulation and workforce is a whole-of-government matter because of convergence between government functions and technology. Unlike previous technology waves where employer demanded skill requirements of employee, the current technology wave results in employee expecting employer to provide personalised tools and systems. What about the existing workforce and the corporate knowledge?

Considerations in the Implementation of a Simulation Program

Dr Teresa Crea, International Panel Member, Asia Pacific Simulation Alliance

As a discipline rich with a wide variety of modalities and applications, simulation has the capacity to deliver rapid and seemingly risk-free training and results. This presentation will highlight some of the issues and considerations for managers in government when undertaking a simulation program.

Workforce Panel Discussion 1230-1330 - Lunch 1330-1430 - FUTURE TRENDS AND INNOVATION (Part 1) Chair: Mr Shawn Parr, Chair, SimGOV Forum Taskforce Committee Government Service Delivery of Tomorrow - Come and Play

Mr Adrian Webb, Manager Virtual Worlds, Australian Defence Simulation and Training Centre

Mr Aaron Frizza, Manager, Technology Innovation Directorate, Department of Human Services

Learn how to use the new agile technologies within government. In this session, you will discover a variety of commercial off the shelf (COTS) products available to make better solutions.

1430-1500 - Afternoon Tea 1500-1620 - FUTURE TRENDS AND INNOVATION (Part 2)

Chair: Mr Shawn Parr, Chair, SimGOV Forum Taskforce Committee

Innovation continues to be one of the key factors in our future. This session will look at the current and future environments, and using innovative solutions to build a future ready government. Modelling and AI Technologies Help Create Safer & Smarter Cities

Mr Jeff Ward, National Solutions Manager, Safer Smarter Cities, NEC Australia

With the explosion of the internet of things and the proliferation of big data, our cities have the opportunity to leapfrog into a new era through the exploitation of data using modelling and artificial intelligence technologies. In this session, Jeff will walk through some of the technologies and areas of application.

The Application of Model Data Fusion to Environmental and Emergency Management Related Applications

Mr Mahesh Prakash, Group Leader, Computational Modelling and Simulation, Data61

The rapid expansion of richer quality geospatial data availability, in both time and space, is now enabling development of integrated solutions in emergency management. Environmental applications can be scaled nationally or even globally. This is being aided by advances in modelling techniques due to algorithmic enhancements and computational power. CSIRO and Data61 are developing platform technologies and key links with organisations locally and overseas to allow Australia to play a significant role in this space. This presentation will provide an overview of the technologies and their linkages.

Simulation and Cyber

Mr Dave Fallon, Business Development Lead - Australia and New Zealand, Lockheed Martin

Growing concerns with the impact of cyber intrusions and denials of service, organisations are attempting to gain better insights of the vulnerabilities of their networks while developing a workforce that is “cyber ready”. The power of simulation enables the use of cyber ranges to test vulnerabilities, evaluate resilience and prepare operators. In this session, let’s explore how simulation and cyber work together to deliver realistic, cost effective approaches.

The Next 5-10 Years Innovation Panel Discussion 1620-1630 - SIMGOV FUTURE READY FORUM SUMMARY


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