We are the hub of collaboration, networking and professional development.


We advocate for standards and recognition of core competencies to enhance credibility and build trust.


We promote continuous research and development of modelling and simulation capabilities to foster innovative, and safer communities


Simulation and Modelling are essential tools in the modern world. They are used to test ideas and systems and in turn, train industry specialists without real world consequences. Simulation and modelling allow experts to create an unlimited number of complex scenarios to analyse the results and encourage better outcomes for students, educators, industry and government.


Simulation Australasia brings together industry professionals, government, and those interested in Simulation to allow for discussion and distribution of information through events and collaboration. We promote the advancement of research, development an use of simulation technologies and practices in society, industry, academia and government.


We envision a future where modelling and simulation is embraced by all industries to create a better, safer world.


We are the peak association for the simulation community in Australasia and are recognised as such by relevant decision‐makers in government, business and education.
Our mission is to connect Australasia’s modelling and simulation network; empowering cross‐industry research and collaboration, developing the profession through review and dissemination of standards of practice for accreditation and certification; and provision of trusted sector information.
We aim to provide members a platform across Australasia, to further advance the research, development and use of simulation technologies.


Philip Swadling

Chair Simulation Australasia, B.E Electrical Engineering, B.Sc in Computer Science, MIEAust, SMIEEE, CPEng NER

Philip is currently Technical Director for Avionics at Thales Australia. He has over 25 year’s experience in the simulation industry and previously served 6 years on the Simulation Australasia board, including 2 years as deputy chair. Philip serves on advisory boards at a number of universities and is an active member of the Thales Australia Diversity and Inclusion and Reconciliation Action Plan teams.

Prof. Marcus Watson

Deputy Chair Simulation Australasia - BSc (Hons), MSc, Grad Cert Computer Science, PhD (Cognitive Systems Engineering)

Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, at The University of Queensland. Lead researcher on Human Factors education and design. Extensive knowledge of simulations in Healthcare and Defence and is a national leader in simulation based research. Past Chair of SimAust, a founding member and past Chair of the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH). Expert in simulation design, including computer- based simulation, serious games and distributed learning.

A/PROF. Gillian Vesty

Treasurer Simulation Australasia
PhD (Sociology & Accounting), CPA

Associate Professor in the School of Accounting, RMIT University. Member of CPA Australia.
Twenty years as a registered nurse, Gillian’s interests are in social and environmental health and well-being. She has developed digital simulations and serious games for accounting and ethics education, is on the editorial board of a leading accounting journal and author of a management accounting textbook.

DR. Elyssebeth Leigh

BA Dip Ed (History & Ed), GDE (Social Ecology), M Ed

As a public servant, Human Resources Manager, consultant and educator. Elyssebeth’s career traversed the domains of finance, entertainment, administration and academic research. She has published books and articles on simulation in workplace learning and tertiary education, and designs games and simulations for large and small groups. Passionate advocate for simulation.

A/Prof. Steve Guinea

Associate Professor, Coordinator of Health Simulation
Faculty of Health Sciences
Australian Catholic University

Academic and leader in healthcare simulation practice. Extensive experience in simulation design, implementation and evaluation for healthcare education, training and assessment. Expertise in simulation facilitation and debriefing, curriculum design, and authentic learning. Member of the ASSH Specialist Community Committee and past Deputy Chair.

Fiona Love

M.A, B.A (History)

Fiona is currently General Manager, Workforce Development at Australasian Railway Association (ARA. Fiona is an experienced senior leader with a proven record in strategic change management and educational leadership. Fiona’s learning leadership in the rail industry began in 1996 when she joined State Rail as a senior educational leader. Following 9 years in rail Fiona transitioned to Sydney Ferries as Director of Training and Development where she was responsible for driving development of key operational and safety capabilities.
She has extensive experience in, and a passion for, designing and implementing capability development solutions needed to ensure the learner is at the centre of the solution and that the learning supports business objectives and meets compliance obligations.

Matthew Harper

B. Admin Leadership Assoc Dip Disaster Management, Assoc Dip Engineering, Managing Director, Resilient Results

Matthew is a professional emergency resilience specialist with over 30 years working and leading resilience activities in Australia and overseas. He has worked with police, fire, ambulance, hospital, cross agency coordination bodies and private industry, to identify, negotiate, design, and implement simulation solutions. As an exercise manager and designer, Matthew is passionate about ensuring people achieve the learning objectives desired by simulation.

Kellie Britt

Lecture in Medical Education: Simulation & Clinical Skills Deakin University, CCRN, GCHE

Kellie is an enthusiastic academic health professional who believes simulation practices and the Simulation Community play essential roles in the workplace to teach, practice and enhance our productivity in the safest environment possible.
She advocates for equity and access to simulation based education for learners in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas.
Expertise in simulation facilitation and debriefing, curriculum design and assessment. Deputy Chair of the ASSH Specialist Community Committee.

Fred Hardtke

B.E, Electrical Engineering, B.A, PhD

Fred is Enterprise Modelling & Simulation Manager, Raytheon Australia. He has a strong passion in the field of M&S and has focussed the development of his career around it. A secondary area of interest is in the realm of Human – Computer Interaction and Human Factors. Systems and Software architectures of Virtual and Constructive simulation systems are a key interest, as are technical leadership and new Business Development.


Prof. Saeid Nahavandi

BSc Mechanical Engineering, MSc, PhD (Automation & Control), FIEAust, FIEEE, FTSE

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation at Deakin University. Expert in Defence Technologies, including robotics and haptics. Specialist developer of modelling and simulation solutions for large complex systems (e.g. airport security). Published over 900 journal and conference articles. Extensive editorial expertise. Former Board Member at Simulation Australasia

Dale Linegar

Director - Oztron

Managing Director of Oztron.

Co-author of a wide range of publications related to the use of serious games, simulations and virtual environments in education.

Co-founder of The Lab – a nationwide network of technology clubs for young people with Asperger’s.

Chair of Sim Aust Specialist Community Advisory Committee.