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INTERNATIONAL POLICY DIVISION
DEFENCE MATERIEL ORGANISATION
During September in Singapore, 10 Australian high school students will
represent Australia, and the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), aiming to
be the best in the world at designing futuristic Formula One (F1) race cars.
By Warwick Shields
DMO backs futuristic formula
The students, making up Team Australia, are
from Queensland and Victoria and as F1inSchools
Technology Challenge national champions, have
the opportunity to test their engineering and
project management skills against the best from
some 20 other nations.
Re-Engineering Australia Foundation (REA)
coordinates the F1inSchools Technology Challenge
in Australia and DMO is REA’s national sponsor.
DMO’s support is part of the skilling Australian
defence industry initiative and promotes DMO
as a future employment pathway to some 35,000
students (as young as Grade 6) in more than 300
Many of the schools take advantage of a DMO-
sponsored project management guide and project
template available through the REA websites.
The F1inSchools Technology Challenge world titles
will be held in Singapore in September just prior
to the Singapore F1 Grand Prix. F1 boss, Bernie
Ecclestone sponsors the challenge’s major prize.
Team Australia will comprise the boys of Basilisk
Performance, from Sebastopol College in regional
LeFT: At the national finals award ceremony, the youngest team competing, Sydney’s TRS and their teacher were interviewed by the ABC’s New Inventors program. TRS won the
outstanding industry collaboration award at its first attempt. MIDDLe: The innovative car design developed by the victorious Basilisk Performance team. RIgHT: Australian champions
Basilisk Performance and their teacher were presented with their prize by Director General Land Engineering Agency Grant Medbury (left).
Members of the Indonesian National Defence Force (TNI)
have gained vital search and rescue (SAR) skills after
completing a two-week maritime search and rescue air-drop
course in Adelaide.
search and rescue
By Justin Moyle
TOP: Interested Indonesian Naval and Air Force members look on, as Sergeant Cameron Theobald of 10 Squadron
gives a display of the effectiveness the Star Safire system can produce while on search and rescue missions.
MIDDLe: A proud Flight Lieutenant Anjoe Manik shows his certificate with General Manager Emergency Response
Division, Australian Maritime Safety Authority Mr John Young (left) and Brigadier Ian Errington (right) from
International Policy Division.
BOTTOW: Flying Officer Joshua Williams of 10 Squadron gives an external tour of the AP-3C Orion in the 10
Photos: LAC Glen McCarthy
The 18 TNI personnel – from one Navy and
five Air Force flying squadrons – are employed
as pilots, load masters and life-support fitters,
and gained skills in fixed-wing air delivery of
SAR equipment in emergencies.
The course provided an opportunity for
personnel from TNI, the Australian Defence
Force (ADF) and the Australian Maritime
Safety Authority (AMSA) to work together,
share knowledge and gain skills in dropping
SAR equipment from aircraft into the ocean.
Brigadier Ian Errington, from Defence’s
International Policy Division, attended the
presentation ceremony at the South Australian
State Emergency Services training centre and
said that the that training provided benefits to
“It’s a pleasure to see our respective
organisations sharing knowledge of search
and rescue skills,” Brigadier Errington said.
“Dropping SAR equipment from an aircraft
so that it lands precisely in the desired area
can be difficult, especially in poor weather
“The SAR drop course also has had the benefit
of developing friendships and networks
between TNI, the ADF and AMSA that can be
called upon in the future if required.”
Mr David Ingram, one of the AMSA staff
delivering the course, spoke highly of the
Indonesians and their enthusiasm to learn
more about dropping SAR equipment from
“The TNI officers have been great to work
with – they have been very professional and
should be proud of their achievements,” Mr
The course was funded through the Defence
Cooperation Program and delivered by AMSA
at the South Australian State Emergency
Service training facility at Adelaide Airport.
Participating personnel were presented with
certificates on completion of the course by
Brigadier Ian Errington and AMSA’s General
Manager Emergency Response, Mr John
Victoria, and Nitro Monkeys from Pine Rivers
State High School in Brisbane. They were sashed
as national champions in Melbourne in March by
Director General Land Engineering Agency, Grant
On that occasion, DMO had the highest
representation of volunteer judges who
participated in an intense day of tight competition
with car design, innovation, marketing, technical
folio, public speaking and car track speed. The
winning teenagers outpointed 23 other teams from
REA founder Michael Myers suggested children,
and particularly boys, tend to make their career
choices at about 14 years of age.
“We are trying to get industry to come along and
be the role models they need,” he said.
“Students are given the tools that car
manufacturers have to design an F1 race car. Once
you’ve got making things under your skin it’s there
for life. We have 300 schools and 35,000 students
in Australia. The limitation is getting industry to
help us expand on this.”
Australian teams competing in the world titles
have a history of success. The Stingers from Trinity
Grammar School in Victoria were world champions
in 2006, while the two Australian teams, along
with a third that collaborated with a Canadian
school team, finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the 2009
final held in London.
Innovation is a characteristic of the F1inSchools
competition and apart from our champion teams,
the stories of others can be compelling.
For example, winner of the Best Team Marketing
Award at the national finals in March was
Speedalicious – an all-girl team from Gymea
Technology High School in Sydney, complete with
a human mascot in fireproof race suit and full-face
race helmet. Competing in their first competition,
the girls also set a track time for their model
of 1.019 seconds – beating the world record of
1.020 set last year by the world champions from
This year’s crop of young innovators is hard at work
on their projects with State and Territory finals to
be held during September-November. Winners will
go onto the nationals that will coincide with the
Melbourne F1 Grand Prix in March next year.
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