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Asia-Pacific Oil Spill Prevention & Preparedness Conference

2-6 May 2016, Perth, Western Australia

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About the Conference

Proudly organised by Australia’s key government and industry agencies responsible for Australia’s marine environmental protection arrangements, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Australian Institute of Petroleum invite you to attend the international oil spill conference for the Asia‑Pacific region, Spillcon 2016.

Spillcon 2016 will be held in Perth, Western Australia 2-6 May 2016.

Keeping with its theme - Global, Regional, Local - Spillcon 2016 will bring together local, regional and global environmental and shipping representatives across industry, government and non-government organisations to provide an avenue to discuss issues including cause and prevention, preparedness, response management and environmental issues. A raft of high calibre national and international speakers will address the conference on their particular areas of expertise.

Spillcon 2016 will also profile an expansive number of exhibitors and equipment and include an impressive on-water display. A separate one-day Response Issues Seminar will be held on the fifth day of the conference, which will provide an excellent opportunity for interactive debate between presenters and delegates.

Spillcon 2016 is proudly sponsored by:


Presentations given at Spillcon 2016 are available in PDF format below:

Keynote Address: Trefor Munn-Venn
Rethinking Social Media

Keynote Address: Juliette Kayyem
Crisis leadership in extreme events

Session 3: Warwick Norman
Shipping and assurance

Session 6A: Gavin Vallely
Intervention Powers

Session 6B: Mike Cargol
Advances in Source Control

Session 7A: Marcus John
Who pays for the big one?

Session 7B: Paul Irving
Dispersants - transparent is best

Session 10: Matt Watson
Communicating in a crisis

Session 10: Derrick O'Keeffe
Turning practise into reality

Session 12: Nicole Thomas
Offshore risks


Keynote Speakers

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK AFC (Retd)

Although he retired as Chief of the Australian Defence Force in July 2011 after 41 years of service in the military, Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Retd) continues to be much in demand by governments for his skills as a problem solver. In July 2014 Angus was appointed as the Prime Minister's Special Envoy to lead Australia's efforts to help recover, identify and repatriate Australians killed in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash. He also lead the Joint Agency Coordination Centre coordinating the Australian Government's support for the search into missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Juliette Kayyem

Juliette Kayyem has spent over 15 years managing complex policy initiatives and organizing government responses to major crises in both state and federal government. Previously, Kayyem was President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. There she played a pivotal role in major operations including handling of the H1N1 pandemic and the BP Oil Spill response; she also organized major policy efforts in immigration reform and community resiliency. Currently, Kayyem teaches emergency management and homeland security as a faculty member at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and is awaiting the launch of her new book ‘Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Your Home and Our Homeland’ in April 2016.

Trefor Munn-Venn

Trefor has worked with senior leaders around the world to help them use technology to accomplish their business goals. He has a diverse background—strategy, technology, sociology—and experience leading major initiatives that challenge norms. This has led to him working with some of the most innovative and challenging organisations in the world. Trefor’s specialities include social media, strategy, public speaking, and communications planning. His training in Communications and his ongoing study of human behaviour make him a sought after Coach, Public Speaker and author.


Spillcon 2016 will include an exhibition, providing organisations with an excellent opportunity to showcase equipment and services to conference attendees who:

  • purchase equipment for government, industry and spill response cooperatives
  • use equipment for training and spill response
  • undertake risk analysis
  • produce spill response plans.

The Spillcon 2016 exhibition forms part of the conference and will run from Monday 2 to Thursday 5 May 2016. The exhibition will be held in the space immediately adjacent to the conference hall providing easy access for delegates.

If you would like to register your interest in exhibiting at Spillcon 2016, please fill in your details on the ‘Contact Us’ section.

Current Exhibitors

Below is a list of current exhibitors at the Spillcon 2016 Exhibition. Exhibitors can be clicked on to take you to their website.

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Spillcon operates in cooperation with the International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) in the United States, and Interspill in Europe, each operating in a three-year cycle.

Sponsors and organisers of all three conferences believe this alignment enhances regional and global knowledge sharing capabilities and provides greater resources for addressing global oil spill issues facing the industry.

These conferences provide a venue for experts from around the world in spill prevention, preparedness, response and restoration to share information in a common forum. These conferences will continue to provide a unique opportunity for members of industry, government and the service sector to keep abreast of all major developments in the field and interact with subject matter experts.

The next IOSC event will be held 2017.
For further information visit www.iosc.org.

The next Interspill event will be held 2018.
For further information visit www.interspill.com.

Spillcon 2016 is proudly organised by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

To contact the Spillcon Event Team please complete the below form:


Spillcon Event Team
GPO Box 2181
Canberra ACT 2601

Tel:   +61 (0)2 6285 3000
Email:  [email protected]