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.


2020 ANI Goldrick Seminar

Remote and Autonomous Systems at Sea

 Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 October 2020

Co-convened by the Australian Naval Institute and the Naval Studies Group at the University of NSW – ADFA, with support from the Royal Australian Navy and the Submarine Institute of Australia. The event is kindly sponsored by Thales.

The 2020 ANI Goldrick Seminar will discuss a wide range of issues around Remote and Autonomous Systems at Sea.

It will comprise six sessions over 1.5 days covering an overview of Remote and Autonomous Systems at Sea (RAS); RAS in the Littoral Domain; RAS in the Maritime Air Domain; RAS in the Undersea Domain; Measuring Effective, and Legal and Ethical Considerations.   


The Minister for Defence has been invited to present the Keynote Address, and the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, RAN, is expected to present The Navy Vision for RAS.

The seminar will feature eminent speakers from senior levels of Defence, industry and academia.


Date            13 and 14 October 2020

Venue         Adams Auditorium, Australian Defence Force Academy, Northcott Drive, Campbell  ACT

Timing         Tuesday 13 October: 0900 – 1600. Registration from 0800 – 0900

                   Wednesday 14 October: 0900 – 1330. Registration from 0830 – 0900

Registration  In light of the COVID-19 situation, booking information will be available in the near future

2020 ANI Vernon Parker Oration and Annual Dinner

Sharks in the Moat: A Landsman’s View of our Maritime Security Environment

General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC (Mil) CVO MC (Retd)

The Australian Naval Institute is pleased to announce that General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC(Mil) CVO MC (Retd) has kindly agreed to deliver the 2020 Vernon Parker Oration.

Born into an Army family, Peter Cosgrove attended Waverley College in Sydney before graduating from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1968. He was deployed in Malaysia and Vietnam, served as Commander of INTERFET in East Timor prior promotion to Chief of Army and later Chief of the Australian Defence Force.  He retired from the ADF in 2005. He served as Governor-General from 2014 until June 2019.  Sir Peter was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty the Queen in August 2019.  

In retirement, he remains involved with defence, health and other charitable organisations.  In January 2020 Sir Peter accepted the voluntary role as chairman of the Business Council of Australia’s Community Rebuilding Initiative in response to the 2019/20 bushfires, leading a group of eminent business and community leaders to work with government and the community in the rebuilding process.

The Oration will be given at the ANI Annual Dinner. This will be held on the evening of Day 1 of the 2020 Goldrick Seminar.

The 2020 Vernon Parker Oration and ANI Annual Dinner will be sponsored by Lockheed Martin,


Date            Tuesday 13 October 2020

Venue         Hotel Realm, National Circuit, Barton,  ACT

Timing         18:15 for 19:00

Registration  In light of the COVID-19 situation, booking information will be available in the near future