Rubicon Connect – Q3 2022



The year is certainly rolling on rapidly, and with life returning to some sense of normality, it’s been a great time to meet with clients, suppliers and even our own colleagues across Australia, face-to-face.


The Rubicon Associates team enjoyed catching up with many of you at the recent Indo Pacific International Maritime Exposition in Sydney.

It was a great opportunity to promote our services and to visit the 700+ other exhibitors, along with some other 25,000+ people that attended the 3-day event!

Our Team also attended two key conferences that were being held concurrently, the International Maritime Conference and Autonomy in the Maritime Domain.

The team in attendance included Ben Hemphill, Malcolm Swaddle, Matt Darby, Joanna Wong, Matt Hansen, Kade Sturgess-Price and Michiel Jordaan.

At the International Maritime Conference
Rubicon's IMCC 2022 stand

Outside of this significant international event, the team attended the Engineering Conference hosted by the Hydrographic Systems Program Office chaired by Principal Engineer – Duncan Carrison. This was a great opportunity to reconnect relationships post COVID and get an understanding of the requirements and challenges facing the SPO.

The pace set in the first half of 2022 has not slowed down as our Team continue to work hard on a diverse range of projects. Keeping up with the demand means that we have some great opportunities for new people to join our company, and we are actively seeking talented and passionate engineers to touch base with us to explore opportunities.

As an organisation, we see the remainder of 2022 as being very busy, with a variety of projects that we are working on, as well as those coming through the pipeline.


This period, we’ve been busy undertaking a feasibility study on increasing accommodation and hotel services for the Tongan Maritime Force landing craft, continuing work for the Leeuwin Class Survey Ship (Leeuwin and Melville) on a review and proposal for an upgrade to hot water and freshwater systems, and low voltage power system; and proposing engineering up-grades to the navigation systems, hotel services, firefighting systems, and electrical upgrades for the Cape Class Patrol Boat.

VOEA Late’ HMAF Tongan Landing Craft

Rubicon Associates were engaged to review and develop a feasibility study on increasing accommodation and hotel services.

Cape Class Patrol Boat – ADV Cape Inscription & Cape Fourcroy

Rubicon Associates were engaged to develop proposals for engineering changes across multiple systems, including the navigation systems, hotel services, fire fighting systems and electrical upgrades.

Leeuwin Class Hydrographic Survey Ships (AGS) – LEEUWIN & MELVILLE

Rubicon Associates have been engaged to undertake a review and develop proposals for an upgrade to hot water and freshwater systems, and low voltage power system, as part of the TSN Tiger Team.



Purpose, Values and Culture



Rubicon values statement

We are passionate about creating a culture that delivers our purpose.

In April, the wider team came together in person, and virtually, to workshop what this meant.  The result? An Employee developed set of behaviours that will deliver!

Watch this space for updates on how we embody our purpose, as an organisation and as individuals.



Rubicon job posting - senior electrical engineer

We are hiring…! We are on the lookout for a Senior Electrical Engineer (8+ years) for our Cairns office, starting ASAP.

Contact HR Manager Pille Lucas on 0414 397 548 if you, or someone you know, is interested.  



Rubicon Associates Senior Naval Architect Nada Koneski and our HR Manager Pille Lucas attended the Kinexus Women’s Defence Networking Alliance event on 27 April in the Melbourne CBD.

Guest Speaker, Millie Keating – Industrial Development Manager at Hanwha Defence inspired with her stories about working in the defence industry and how she faced and overcame challenges in her career to work out her desired path. She stressed the importance of self-belief and finding good mentors.

People & Culture

Learning & Development

Our ‘Lunch and Learn’ program continues as an internal investment where specialist staff knowledge and skills are shared to assist understanding and increase capability across our multiple disciplines. This period, topics were presented by Matt Hansen, our Graduate Naval Architect, on Weights and Moments.

Along with our Lunch and Learn events, we are aiming to establish a series of external presenters to promote innovation and the latest technologies to keep Rubicon Associates at the forefront of industry standards and expectations.


Rubicon Associates commemorated this year’s ANZAC Day and celebrated International Women in Engineering Day in June..

While these two events may seem very different, they are a reminder of why it is important to reflect on the past and to shape our  future defence capability, providing opportunities for all with a passion in sharing in the success of Australia’s future Naval and Maritime industry.


In June, there was a fantastic opportunity for half of the Rubicon Associates Team to end up in Cairns. Not only was it good for the engineers to escape the cold of the southern states, but they were able to undertake ship checks and familiarisations across multiple platforms. At the same time, it was great for the team to take a night out of the schedule to catch up for a chat and relax over a meal. Something that does not happen regularly due to the commitments of normal day to day life. Fishing seemed to be a predominant discussion for many of us!


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