What We Do



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.

Our Vision

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

Our mission

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.

Our Board

Jan Roche

Chair, Simulation Australasia
BSc (Nurs), Grad Cert Critical Care (ICU, CC), PhD (stu)

Over twenty years experience as a clinician, researcher, educator and academic, Jan has published books and articles on nursing education and learning through simulation. Innovator and pioneer, she is a start-up enthusiast, designs simulations for healthcare and writes curriculum. Critical thinking expert.

Kenny McLeod

Deputy Chair, Simulation Australasia
BA (Business, IT, Finance), MSc in Operational Research.

Twenty years experience in simulation, analysis and decision support.
Keen interest in Modelling and Decision Support. Specialist experience in designing 3D modelling solutions, customer analytics, data mining and business analytics.

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.

Jawahar Bhalla

B Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) (Hons.), BSc (Computer Science), M Systems Engineering

Over 20 years experience in aviation, avionics and air-space management systems and Flight Simulation. Founding member Simulation Australia Professional Development committee and Convenor of SimTecT 2006 – 2008. Systems thinking expert.

Ryan Stephenson

LLB (Hons.), Dip. Legal Practice (UK and AUS)

Group General Counsel, Bohemia Interactive Simulations group and Managing Director, Bohemia Interactive’s Australian-based operations
Over 15 years experience in commercial law in IP-focused environments and spent the early part of his legal career working in the film, TV and multi-media industry in the UK. Specialist in project financing, project strategy.

A/Prof. Marcus Watson

BSc (Hons), MSc, Grad Cert Clin Psych, PhD (Human Factors)

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, 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.

Prof. Saeid Nahavandi

B Mechanical Engineering, M Engineering, PhD (Automation & Control)

Director of Institute for Intelligence Systems and Research. Received over 26 Australian Research Council Awards. Expert in Defence Technologies, including robotics and haptics. Specialist developer of modelling and simulation solutions for large complex systems (eg. airport security). Published over 750 journal and conference articles. Extensive editorial expertise.

A/Prof. Terry Martin

B Electronics, Grad Dip (Aerospace), PhD (Signal Processing, Applied Statistics)

Expert in Machine Learning and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). Extensive experience across technical, military and academic roles in aviation, applied research and M&S. Career highlights include roles with CASA, NATO and NASA. Passionate about harnessing simulation to embrace disruption.

Ben Collins

B Taxation,Taxation Law, Grad Dip Applied Corporate Governance, CPA Certified Chartered Accountant

Expert in business governance, with interest in sustainable growth and development strategies.

Officers of the Board

Kanani Draper

MBA (Innovation & Leadership)

Relationships expert, Sponsorship and fundraising. Mentor and expert in sales and sponsorship. Innovator and Dealership Manager of the Year. Provides a wealth of corporate experience.

Jessica Stokes-Parish

B Nurs, M Nurs (Adv. Practice), Grad Cert (ICU), PhD (c)

Clinician, Academic and Researcher. Extensive Project Management expertise. Previous Australasian Simulation Congress Convener, ASSH Executive Member. Expert in simulation instructional design with focus participant engagement and visual authenticity. Excellent communicator.