Major Events

The ANI runs a number of events of interest to the naval and maritime community.

The ANI’s two flagship events are:

  • the ANI Annual Dinner during which the McNeil Prize is awarded and the Vernon Parker Oration is delivered by an eminent Australian; and
  • the Goldrick Seminar in which an issue of particular interest of the Chief of Navy is explored.

ANI Vernon Parker Oration and Dinner
2024 McNeil Prize

15 May 2024

2024 Vernon Parker Orator

Professor Rory Medcalf AM

Head of National Security College,
Australian National University


Putting AUKUS in its place: Australia’s submerged Indo-Pacific strategy

The AUKUS arrangement, centered on nuclear-powered submarines, has come to dominate perceptions of Australian maritime power and strategy. AUKUS is a massive investment, combining strategic logic, political audacity and significant enterprise risk. However, it is about means not ends, and should not overshadow the larger question of Australian strategy. How do we protect and advance our comprehensive national interests in this maritime region we call home, the Indo-Pacific? In this oration, Rory Medcalf will offer a vision that puts AUKUS in context – and keeps sight of wider strategy and the other capabilities and partnerships it will require.

Professor Rory Medcalf AM is Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University. His career spans diplomacy, academia, intelligence analysis, journalism and think tanks, including with the Lowy Institute. Professor Medcalf was a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments, Australia’s peak intelligence agency, and a diplomat with service in India, Japan and Papua New Guinea. He has played a lead role in Australia’s informal diplomacy with India and a range of other countries. Professor Medcalf is recognised globally as a thought leader on the Indo-Pacific strategic concept, as articulated in his book Contest for the Indo-Pacific (published internationally as Indo-Pacific Empire).

The 2024 McNeil Prize will be presented during the evening to a recipient who has made an outstanding contribution to the operational capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy.

2024 ANI McNeil Prize 

The McNeil Prize will be presented at the ANI Annual Dinner.

The McNeil Prize is awarded to ‘an individual or individuals from Australian industry who has made an outstanding contribution to the capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy’.

The winner of the 2023 McNeil Prize was Mr Brad Flemming, Program Manager DDG Combat Systems Integrator, Raytheon Australia.

Nominations for the 2024 ANI McNeil Prize are now open and will close in May 2024.



Date:          15 May 2024
Venue:        National Ballroom, Hotel Realm Barton ACT
Timing:       18:30 for 19:00
Tickets :     Bookings close 8 May 2024

ANI Members: $150
Non-Members: $165
Oration and ANI Membership: $230

Dress:Business suit or equivalent.



The 2024 ANI Annual Dinner and Vernon Parker Oration is sponsored by

2023 Goldrick Seminar

The Influence of Seapower on Australia’s Future

 19 October 2023

Adams Auditorium Australian Defence Force Academy

The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mark Hammond has selected the theme for the 2023 Goldrick Seminar as The Influence of Seapower on Australia’s Future. The one-day event will be held on 19 October at the Adams Auditorium at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

The ANI will stage the seminar in partnership with ADFA, the Naval Studies Group at the University of NSW (Canberra) and the Seapower Centre Australia.

Details of the program will be posted when confirmed.

Over recent years the Goldrick series have brought together speakers from Defence, academia and industry to discuss topics of importance to the serving Chief of Navy.