Program Schedule

The APPEA 2020 Conference Program will drive in-depth discussion and debate for the industry and its leaders with the theme – Energy for a better Australia. International experts and Australian industry leaders will provide up-to-date analysis, case studies and technical know-how on the big issues facing our industry. Politicians, executives and analysts will discuss the policy concerns confronting us. Combined with an array of business networking events, APPEA 2020 is the place to form new partnerships and strengthen existing  ones.

New for 2020 is the APPEA Panel Series   3 sessions within the Technical and Business Program that will deliver free flowing discussion and debate on a current, relevant topic that is crucial for our industry. Subjects and line ups will be rolled out from March onwards.

APPEA’s keynote speaker program, boasting over 20 international and national industry leaders, stakeholders and global influencers, will be rolled out from March 2020.



Please note the most up-to-date version of the program is noted in the body of this web page below

Click the sessions below to expand and see further information. Plenary speaker information will be linked in late February 2020. * Depicts the presenter if not the lead author.

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19 May
8:30 am 10:15 am
PLENARY SESSION 1: Energy for a Better Australia
Riverside Theatre
The opening session of APPEA 2020, the association’s 60th Conference and Exhibition, focuses on the conference theme, ‘Energy for a Better Australia’. This session will set the scene for three days of in depth discussion and debate as the industry considers its role in a cleaner energy future and what it will take for the industry to continue to provide affordable, reliable and sustainable energy to Australia and the regions to which we export for decades to come
Speakers include key political representatives and the APPEA Chairman, Mr Kevin Gallagher. Full speaker line up to be unveiled, early 2020.
11:00 am 12:30 pm
PLENARY SESSION 2: Energy Leaders’ Panel - An open conversation about our energy future
Riverside Theatre
The oil and gas industry has always faced challenges and has always positioned itself to grasp opportunities. But the breadth and depth of current challenges and opportunities is unprecedented. What is the global energy outlook? What is the future of energy in a carbon constrained world? What is the role of oil and gas in that world? How does the industry rise to the challenges and grasp the opportunities before it?
This panel session, facilitated by a world leading energy expert, will bring together Energy Leaders from across the industry, operating both in Australia and around the world, for an open and honest conversation about those challenges and opportunities and what companies need to do to provide energy for a better Australia, and for a better world.
Full speaker line up to be unveiled early 2020.
Sponsorship available
20 May
8:30 am 10:30 am
PLENARY SESSION 3: Is the oil and gas industry part of a net zero emission future?
Riverside Theatre
The UN Climate Change Conference held in Madrid noted that the world is not on track to meet its emissions reduction obligations and called for efforts to reduce emissions to be accelerated. As part of this, the role of oil and gas in a low carbon future, particularly a future heading towards net zero emissions, is under question.
This plenary session will bring together national and global experts to consider how the oil and gas industry is to survive and thrive in this cleaner energy future and what it is doing to reduce its carbon footprint and provide cleaner energy to Australia and the region.
Speaker line up to be unveiled in early 2020.
Sponsorship available.
21 May
8:30 am
PLENARY SESSION 4: Federal Opposition Address
Riverside Theatre
8:45 am 10:30 am
PLENARY SESSION 4: State Government Ministers’ Panel
Riverside Theatre
Safe and sustainable oil and gas operations, returns to and support of the community and an attractive investment environment. Can we achieve the trifecta?
Oil and gas resources are owned by the Australian people. Governments regulate the industry and its access to these resources, on behalf of the Australian people. In developing the policy and regulatory framework, governments need to be mindful of the safe and sustainable operation of the industry, and to ensure that the owners of those resources receive a fair return from their development. At the same time, governments need to ensure their jurisdiction is an attractive destination for oil and gas investment, so that the industry can undertake the exploration and development required to provide energy for a better Australia.
Following a keynote address by the Federal Opposition, this second keynote panel, facilitated by a key political commentator, will bring together state and territory government ministers responsible for resources and energy for a frank discussio0n. Ministers will provide their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities they face in developing a policy framework for the industry and how respective governments and industry can work together.
Speakers, subjects and further details will be released from March 2020 onwards.
Sponsorship available.
2:30 pm 4:15 pm
PLENARY SESSION 5: Shifting The Dial
Riverside Theatre
One of the biggest challenges facing the industry now, and into the future, is the public and community perception of our activities. This includes our role in the communities in which we operate, our interaction with the environment, our role in energy supply and our sustainability in a low carbon future.
In this final session, speakers and our panel will present on key initiatives that have been taken in this space, on the different points of view that exist about our industry and how other industries have ‘shifted the dial’ around perceptions of their activities. A session aimed to inform, educate and provoke discussion and to get to the key issues, challenges and opportunities when it comes to the industry ‘shifting the dial’ of public perception.
Speakers, subjects and line ups will be released from March 2020 onwards.
Sponsorship available.
Conference Closing Address

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