Rubicon Connect – Spring 2022




As we approach the end of 2022, I would like to give sincere thanks to everyone who has supported Rubicon Associates throughout the year.


2022 marks our 7th year of operation and there have been some monumental milestones for our company. Our Team and Clients play a significant role in our continued success, to be able to deliver excellence in maritime engineering and shape Australia’s sovereign capability.


So, thank you – one and all.




It’s certainly been a whirlwind of late, with the excitement of an office move, team expansion and new projects to share!

In October, we moved our head office in Melbourne to new premises, finally combining our two offices into one.

Not only will everyone be in the same location, but the new office has the capacity to accommodate our ever-expanding team. Our Melbourne team will have the space to work more productively and efficiently, which will have a direct positive impact back to our clients.

So where are we?

You can now find Rubicon Associates (Melbourne) at Suite 7.02, Level 7, 11 Queens Road, Melbourne.  

All other contact details remain the same, and we encourage those visiting Melbourne to drop in and say hello.


Clearly a case of the 7-year itch!

Our office move couldn’t be more prescient as we celebrate an important birthday milestone.

We’ve spent 7 years successfully proving the value of an SME consultancy that provides tailored services based on specialisation (maritime is all we do) with a focus on ensuring greater cost efficiency, independence, agility/flexibility, and better customer service.

It has been an exciting time here at Rubicon Associates, and we would all like to extend a huge thank you to our existing and new clients for your ongoing trust in our ability. 

Rubicon Associates celebrating 7th birthday
Celebrating Rubicon Associates 7th birthday

A focus on Team building.

One of the reasons that we moved to a larger, purpose-built office was to accommodate the increased number of people that make up our ever-important team.

As we continue to grow, we have engaged expertise to help cement our core project and program management capability and methodology (underpinning all of our projects) to ensure consistent client delivery and outcomes.

We have also engaged technical specialists to build our depth of capability across engineering disciplines. And, as a positive biproduct of growth, we have also been able to reward high performing staff by offering new challenges and upskilling opportunities.

We are continuing to put in place the building blocks to grow our business to meet the future needs of industry – whilst retaining our core values of promoting excellence, influencing capability, and sharing in success.

Here’s to the next 7 years!

As we hurtle ever faster to the end of the year, Rubicon Associates would like to extend a heartfelt Merry Christmas and prosperous new year to our team, our clients and to the wider Defence Industry.

We hope that everyone can spend time with loved ones, enjoy the time away from work and we really look forward to reconnecting in 2023.


This period saw some significant projects commencing, and formalisation of work with new clients.

Projects completed and underway included undertaking design modifications for HMAS Choules Mexeflote’s propulsion unit, providing ILS documentation support for the Cape Class Patrol Boat, and engineering design works associated with the removal of redundant systems supporting the ANZAC Class (FFH) Kingpost and workshop rationalisation.

Rubicon Associates have been working on larger, longer-term projects as well as supporting tender submissions. These opportunities are ongoing and as much as we would love to share, works need to be completed before we can truly celebrate and share success with our clients.

Bay Class – Landing Ship Dock – HMAS CHOULES

Rubicon Associates were tasked to undertake a Detailed Design Package to modify the existing arrangements of the HMAS CHOULES Mexeflote’s propulsion unit.

ANZAC CLASS (FFH) Removal of Redundant systems

As part of SEA 5014, Rubicon Associates were tasked with the design works for the removal of the Kingpost and workshop rationalisation.

Cape Class Patrol Boat – Integrated Logistics Support

Working with Austal, Rubicon Associates has been asked to review and update the vessel’s current documents to reflect the status of the multiple engineering services throughout the patrol boat.



People & Culture


We recently welcomed the following people to team Rubicon Associates:

  • Ivan Glavan – Project  Manager – Melbourne
  • Ian Cruickshank – Program Manager – Melbourne
  • Kerry Ross – Technical Officer – Cairns
  • Herath Bandara– Design Draftsperson (Hull/Structure) – Melbourne


As well as increasing our expertise to support our clients, our team have also had some significant development milestones with the promotion of Sandra Tausan as Project Cost Controller/ Bookkeeper, Sebastian Russell as our Lead Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) Engineer and Ashley Everton as Company Security Officer.

Several of our staff also had the opportunity to complete further training during the period with Bozidar Milanovic completing an Introduction to Systems Engineering, Ashley Everton completing his National Engineer Registration, and Matthew Hansen completing a Dockmaster Course.

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 was also very active in supporting significant days that are the fabric of the wider community. This included supporting NAIDOC Week, RU Ok Day, and the University of New South Wales – Canberra Career’s Fair.




Rubicon job posting - senior electrical engineer

We are hiring…! Our Electrical team is expanding and we are on the lookout for a Senior Electrical Engineer (8+ years) for our Melbourne or Cairns office, starting ASAP.

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



Defence Industry Networking event Cairns

Rubicon Associates’ Founder and Director Goran Djublevic was thrilled to attend this years’ global SMM (Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology) Trade Fair in Hamburg from 6-9 September.

We believe that it is important to keep abreast of the latest international developments that, in turn, enables us to contribute knowledge in an Australian context. The event provided the opportunity to look at new naval technology and systems that support improved sustainment, and to increase knowledge of the commercial oil and gas industry.

This years’ SMM was the first held face to face in 4 years and marks the 30th anniversary of this major global trade event. We were pleased to join over 2,000 exhibitors and more than 40,000 visitors from over 100 countries to talk all things marine.

Quite a celebration!

In September, we also attended the inaugural Defence Industry Networking drinks event in Cairns. With so much now happening in the region, it’s great to meet the local faces and build a strong local defence community. Looking forward to many future networking opportunities!


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