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 McNeil Prize

Due to the pandemic restrictions which necessitated the cancellation of the ANI Annual dinner the 2020 ANI McNeil prize will be awarded on 2 December 2020. The ceremony will be held  via Zoom video.  

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


The event is kindly sponsored by Lockheed Martin Australia.



2020 ANI Goldrick Webinars

Remote and Autonomous Systems at Sea

 Wednesday 7 October – Wednesday 25 November 2020

The Australian Naval Institute in partnership with the Naval Studies Group at the University of NSW – ADFA, the Royal Australian Navy and the Submarine Institute of Australia. The event is kindly sponsored by Thales Australia.

The 2020 ANI Goldrick Webinars is presenting an overview of Remote and Autonomous Systems at Sea.

The Goldrick Program comprises eight webinars each approximately one hour in duration conducted weekly (Wednesday 1300-1400 AEDT) over eight weeks.

Remote and Autonomous Systems at Sea (RAS) commenced Wednesday 7 October, via Zoom:





7 October 2020

Keynote Address


14 October 2020

Setting the Scene


21 October 2020

Future Capability & Integration


28 October 2020

RAS in the Air Domain


4 November 2020

RAS in the Littoral Domain


11 November 2020

RAS in the Undersea Domain


18 November 2020

Legal & Ethical Aspects of RAS


25 November 2020

Evaluating and Sustaining RAS Capabilities




The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, RAN will present the Keynote Address in the first webinar on Wednesday 7 October 2020.

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


Date            7 October to 25 November 2020

Venue         Zoom Webinar

Timing        Weekly webinars 1300 – 1400 AEDT every Wednesday

Ticket Prices

Webinar 1 : Keynote Address – no charge

Webinars 2-8:

ANI Members – Complimentary ( Promo Code Required)

Presenters and Moderators – Complimentary

ANI Sponsors – Complimentary (Promo Code Required)

ADFA / Midshipmen / UNSW Canberra Academic –  Complimentary (Promo Code required)

General Admission –  Season Pass (all webinars)  $150 or $25 per individual webinar.

ANI membership – $75  to July 2021 or $60 Concession rate.



In Partnership With




ANI Vernon Parker Oration and Annual Dinner

The Vernon Parker Oration and ANI Annual Dinner is sponsored by Lockheed Martin.


Date            To be advised for 2021

Venue         Hotel Realm, National Circuit, Barton,  ACT

Timing         18:15 for 19:00

Registration  To be advised closer to the event.