Rydges Hotel, Melbourne CBD

29-30 October 2024

PACDEFF is the largest CRM, NTS and Aviation Human Factors Conference of its type in the world, with around 350 people attending the conference in 2023. The forum is intended as a non-profit, non-partisan opportunity for Human Factors practitioners to meet and discuss contemporary issues in the Human Factors field, with an emphasis on airline training.

PACDEFF offers a conference with a substantial array of CRM, NTS, Aviation Human Factors, and Aviation Psychology topics, which is always of interest to a wide cross-section of Human Factors, Aviation Psychology and Safety professionals, practitioners and academics.

Registrations for PACDEFF 2024 are now open. Please use the booking button on the right to register.

While the program is currently filled, we do get some occasional cancellations and the call for speakers for PACDEFF 2024 will remain open. We encourage a wide and diverse range of topics which will be of interest to our varied audience, who are largely involved in Aviation Human Factors. We also welcome speakers from outside of aviation, who can provide delegates with interesting and relevant topics, particularly where Human Factors challenges are shared across domains and industries. Please email us here with your ideas.



PACDEFF 2024 – 29 & 30 October, 2024 Rydges Hotel Melbourne CBD

PACDEFF 2024 will be held at Rydges Hotel, CBD, Melbourne, Australia over 29/30 October, 2024.

The conference will comprise of two days of presentations on CRM, NTS, Aviation Human Factors, and Aviation Psychology. Presentations will include keynote addresses on Day 1 and 2, and some optional workshops on Day 2.

Please also note that the call for speakers for 2024 will open on the 1st of March 2024, however please feel free to email us with an overview of your presentation, or to submit a full abstract prior to then.

Registration for PACDEFF 2024 will open on 1st of May, 2024. Once registrations open, please select the Registration button on the right side of this page above, or via the ‘Registration Info’ tab on the Top Menu to take you to the Trybooking site which will walk you through the various options.

Registration Costs (AUD):

PACDEFF Early-bird rate (1 May-30 June) – $295

PACDEFF Standard rate (1 July-29 Oct) – $365

Speaker Rate – Free

Single Day Rate – $190

Conference Networking Opportunities

To facilitate opportunities for networking and the exchange of ideas outside the conference proper, two informal social events are planned for 2024. These include a free welcome drinks session, and a conference dinner.

Please note the welcome event for 2024 will be sponsored by Southpac Aerospace.

Southpac Aerospace- 2024 Major Sponsors

PACDEFF is one of the least expensive conferences of its type in the world. This is only possible because of the generous support of our sponsors. PACDEFF would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support for the 2023 conference and we hope that you will continue to support them.

We always appreciate the amazing contribution our sponsors make to flight safety and look forward to sharing the 2024 sponsors as they come on board.

2024 Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote: Professor Sidney Dekker

Prof. Sidney Dekker, Griffith University

Professor Sidney Dekker, (PhD Ohio State University, USA, 1996) is Professor and Director of the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and Professor in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University in the Netherlands.

An avid piano player and pilot, he has been flying the Boeing 737 for an airline on the side. He is a trained mediator and a Chaplain.

Sidney is bestselling author of, most recently: Foundations of Safety Science;The Safety AnarchistThe End of HeavenJust CultureSafety DifferentlyThe Field Guide to Understanding ‘Human Error’Second VictimDrift into FailurePatient Safety; Compliance Capitalism, Do Safety Differently and his latest: Stop Blaming

Sidney has lived and worked in seven countries across four continents and won worldwide acclaim for his ground-breaking work in human factors and safety. He coined the term ‘Safety Differently’ in 2012, which has since turned into a global movement for change. It encourages organizations to declutter their bureaucracy and provide people freedom-in-a-frame to make things go well—and to offer compassion, restoration and learning when they don’t. 

He has co-directed the documentaries ‘Safety Differently,’ 2017; ‘Just Culture,’ 2018, ’The Complexity of Failure,’ 2018, and ‘Doing Safety Differently,’ 2019. Stanford has ranked Sidney among the world’s top 1% most influential scientists: his work has well over 18,000 citations and an h-index of 60. More at sidneydekker.com

Pip Spence, CEO and DAS, CASA

Pip Spence

Before joining CASA, Pip was the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary for the Arts at the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts. Before that she was the Deputy Secretary for Transport. In this role, Pip was responsible for aviation and airport policy and program matters.

Pip has held senior leadership roles across the Australian Public Service. This includes:

  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • the then Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

In that role Pip was closely involved in establishing the National Broadband Network and the associated reform of telecommunications regulations.

Pip commenced her career in the Department of Transport and Communications, where she worked in a number of aviation-related areas. This included working in the office of the Minister for Transport.

Pip has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Tasmania and a Graduate Diploma in Economics from the Australian National University.

Matt Hall – Founder, Matt Hall Racing

Matt Hall

Matt Hall is a Red Bull Air Race world champion and former Royal Australian Air Force top gun fighter pilot. Matt placed third in his world championship racing debut in 2009 and since accumulated seven wins and 25 podiums, making him the most successful Air Race pilot in the modern era. Matt retired from the Royal Australian Air Force as a wing commander and combat veteran of Iraq with USAF medals for heroism under fire in his F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet, supporting troops on the ground.

Nicole Ashcroft, Uber Safety

Nicole Ashcroft

Nicole is Head of Safety at Uber ANZ, and is committed to building solutions to improve safety outcomes for women and vulnerable people.

For the last twenty years, Nicole has worked across a range of industries in a health and safety remit, including construction, mining, rail, defense and technology.

Her role at Uber includes overseeing the prevention of serious incidents as a result of person to person interactions and road safety accidents. This includes developing safety policies and processes, and implementing innovations that support the safety of every Uber app user.

She balances Uber’s value of “Standing for Safety” with spending time with her two young children and volunteering with the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club.