Melbourne announced as the new home of the Land Forces Expo from 2024

Published: 2 March 2023

In a major win for Victoria’s world-class defence sector and business event credentials, Melbourne has secured the rights to host the largest land defence exposition in the Asia-Pacific.

Construction workersThe Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will be the new home of the biennial Land Forces International Land Defence Exposition from 2024

The three-day exposition in Melbourne, to be delivered by the AMDA Foundation in collaboration with the Australian Army, is expected to generate an estimated $65 million for the Victorian economy and attract 800 companies, 9,000 unique attendees and more than 150 delegations from 30 countries across the world.

It will provide a global platform to showcase Victoria’s advanced manufacturing and defence supply chain capabilities, including armoured vehicles, combat uniforms and communications systems.

Victoria is the home of armoured vehicle production in Australia, with Thales’ Bushmaster and Hawkei vehicles made in the state and Hanwha’s Self-Propelled Howitzer to start production soon. These activities are supported by more than 570 local businesses involved in land defence systems.

Securing Land Forces means Victoria will now host two major defence expositions in the region – the other being the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition in Avalon.

Around 6,300 businesses make up Victoria’s defence sector, which contributes $8.4 billion to the state’s economy each year and supports around 24,300 local jobs.

Victoria's business events sector is also a major driver of the state’s economy – generating an estimated $12.6 billion annually and supporting more than 84,000 jobs.