2020 Australian Open - Adelaide - Adelaide Showground - 9 to 11 October

2019 Australian Open

We are excited to announce that the Australian Open will be in Melbourne for 2019! 

Details will be released on this page as they become available. Please scroll down to see these details.

Event Sponsors

 The Australian Open will be held once again in Melbourne in 2019. RoboCup Junior Victoria is looking forward to welcoming you back to "The Education State" for this exciting event!

This event counts as qualification for the 2020 RoboCup Junior International Competition to be held in Bordeaux, France.

All event participants will be required to attend on both the Saturday and Sunday. An optional practice, early registration and particpant setup session will be on the Friday afternoon. All information relevant to the event will be perodically posted on this page.

Date: 11th - 13th October, 2019
Venue: Victoria Pavilion at Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale 3032 https://goo.gl/maps/wpJzJoVEuiu 
Entry Fee: $110 per team including GST
Last Day to Register: Tuesday 1st October, 2019
Registration Link: https://enter.rcjonline.org.au

Contact Details:

General & Schedule (All Challenges) Enquiries: Evan Bailey, State Chair RoboCup Junior Victoria & 2019 Australian Open Event Coordinator, evan@baileyfinance.com.au, 0467675869 (email enquiries are preferred and are generally answered fastest)

OnStage Rules Enquiries: Simon Coad, OnStage Coordintor, RoboCup Junior Australia, coady09@hotmail.com
Rescue Rules Enquiries: Karen Binns, Rescue Coordinator, RoboCup Junior Australia, Karen.Binns@sgcs.nsw.edu.au
Soccer Rule Enquiries: Steven Lau, Soccer Coordinator, RoboCup Junior Australia, stevenlau.mail@gmail.com

OnStage Local Conditions Enquiries: Katrina Watson, Email: kwatson@huntingtower.vic.edu.au or Emma Bebe, Email: emmabebe@gmail.com
Rescue Local Conditions Enquiries: 
David Ebert, Email: ebert.david.l@edumail.vic.gov.au or Evan Bailey, Email: evan@baileyfinance.com.au
Soccer Local Conditions Enquiries: 
Brian Thomas, Email: b.thomas@ccg.vic.edu.au, or Dan Sriratana, Email: dan@3dsignsolutions.com.au

Available Divisions:

  • Novice OnStage Performance
  • Experiened OnStage Performance
  • Primary Rescue Line
  • Secondary Rescue Line
  • Open Rescue Line
  • Open Rescue Maze
  • Standard League Soccer
  • Lightweight Soccer
  • Open Soccer

All students attending must be registered
Mentors must be in receipt of Participation Deeds prior to registering students for the event, and submit these for all regisered students on the event day
Mentors must submit The University of Melbourne Audio/Video/Photograph Releases for all registered students on the event day
Please note that The University of Melbourne Audio/Video/Photograph Release forms will be securely held by RoboCup Junior Victoria and information on these forms only accessed and provided to The University of Melbourne if a need arises

All mentors must submit a Mentor Declaration on the event day
Please see the RoboCup Junior Victoria page for important general information that applies to the running of this event

Local Conditions

The OnStage floor will be an approx 3mx3m offwhite vinyl mat, with the approx 2mx2m area marked as per the OnStage Rules. The surface underneath the vinyl mat will be MDF. 

Team Seating
Teams will share a standard 1.8m trestle table between two. At least two seats and one power outlet will be provided for each team at their shared table. 

Call for Volunteers: 
We welcome anybody to volunteer, and no experience is required. Please register to volunteer at https://forms.gle/y1qccTR7yxDwmE8Z9. 

Attendance Cost Assistance: 
Mentors are encouraged to be on the lookout for grant opportuinities to help cover event attendance costs. If brought to the attention of RCJA, these will be posted on our Facebook page.

Additionlly, teams from Victoria only are eligible to apply for funds from the Team Support Fund (TSF). Details are available at https://www.robocupjunior.org.au/vic.

Venue Access:
Venue access details will be made available closer to the event date.

Public parking is available at the venue, at a cost of $15 per day ($20 for busses). Parking access details will be made available closer to the event date.

Public Transport:
The closest train stations that will be operating during the event are Newmarket (Craigieburn line) and Flemington Bridge (Upfield line). The 57 tram (towards West Maribyrnong) can the be caught from Racecourse road which is adjacent to the aformentioned train stations. The 57 tram can also be caught from Elizabeth Street within Melbourne CBD, and multiple streets in North Melbourne. 

Additionally, it is an approximately 1.5km walk from Newmarket Train Station to the venue.

Please be aware trains will not be operating to the Showgrounds or Flemington Racecourse stations during the event.

Melbourne Showgrounds also provides some transportation advice at https://www.melbourneshowgrounds.com/visitors/getting-here/. 

Melbourne Airport has direct flights from all Australian capitals and many overseas cities. If travelling long distances or less regularly flown routes, it is strongly advised to arrive on the Thursday prior to event, and depart on the Monday after the event. If departing on the Sunday, regardless of your destination it is advised to book flights departing no earlier than 8pm and to plan to head directly from the venue to Melbourne Airport. 

Airport Transfers: 
The Skybus (https://www.skybus.com.au/melbourne-airport/) is the main public transport option, which regularly operates from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross Station in Melbourne CBD. From here, you can catch the train, then tram to the Melbourne Showgrounds. Taxis are also available at the airport, as well as many hire cars.

Melbourne Showgrounds is en route from Melbourne Airport to Melbourne CBD, so if staying in the CBD, a good option is to catch a Taxi to Melbourne Showgrounds, and then head onto your accomodation if this is suitable for your schedule.

Allow approximately 30 minutes to travel from the airport to the competition venue.

The cloest accomodation (10 minute walk to the venue) is either of the Quest Flemington or Quest Flemington Central on either side of Epsom Road. The former property generally has larger 2-3 bedroom apartments, and the latter has generally studio or 1 bedroom apartment accomodation. This will be a popular location for event attendees to stay so book early!

Additionally there are a number of accomodation options located along or a short distance to the 57 Tram route including:

  • Melrose Apartments, North Melbourne
  • Art Series Hotel, Parkville
  • Apartments on Chapman, North Melbourne
  • Mercure, North Melbourne
  • Apartments on Flemington, North Melbourne
  • ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments (Therry St), Melbourne
  • Jasper Hotel, Melbourne
  • Mantra City Central, Melbourne
  • Novotel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne
  • If Stays at Light House/Victoria One, Melbourne

Please note that this list is provided in good faith and RCJA cannot vouch for the suitability of any of the places listed above.

Additionally, as the Melbourne Showgrounds is within close proximity to residential areas, a number of options on Airbnb, Stayz, Homeaway and similar websites may be available.

Melbourne Showgrounds also provides some accommodation suggestions at https://www.melbourneshowgrounds.com/visitors/accommodation/.

Who Can Attend:

  • All Primary and Secondary School age students are welcome to form teams and enter. No qualification or RoboCup Junior experience is required.
  • Parents, Grandparents, Friends, Teachers, Mentors and anybody else is welcome to attend the event in spectator or mentor capacity. Entry for spectators is free.

What to Bring:

  • All teams must ensure they have functional laptops loaded with their robot programs and related programming software. Please ensure laptops are able to function outside of your school's network environment. Wi-Fi/Internet access will not be available. Please be especially cautious if you are planning to bring a Chromebook, or store your programs and other files using cloud storage platform such as OneDrive, Dropbox or Google Drive!
  • Robots, Robot Chargers/Spare Batteries and Spare Parts.

Schedule (Friday):

  • 3pm to 6pm - Team registration, practice and setup

Schedule (Saturday) (TBC):

  • 8:15am - Doors opening
  • 8:45am to 9:30am - Compulsory Volunteer Briefings
  • 9:45am to 10:15am - Event Opening
  • 10:30am - Competition Start
  • 5:00pm - Competition Finish
  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm - Provisional Time for RoboCup Junior (Australia) Inc. Annual General Meeting

Schedule (Sunday) (TBC):

  • 8:15am - Doors opening
  • 10:00am - Competition Start
  • 4:00pm - Competition Finish
  • 4:45pm to 5:30pm - Awards and Event Closing

Other Information:

  • All electronic devices being brought into the venue to be connected to power must have a current 'test and tag' tag attached. Onsite testing and tagging will be available on the Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.  There will be a charge of $2 per item for this service, and it is highly recommended to have this completed at home to avoid delays entering the venue. Inspections will be undertaken of devices in use and any found not to comply will be taken for tagging without notice. Devices taken for tagging will not be returned until the appropriate fees have been paid.
  • Food and Drink will be available for purchase on the day. Venue operator rules suggest it is not appropriate to bring outside food and drink in to the venue. 
  • Where required, logbooks, programs, music and other data required can be uploaded from the 'Edit my Entries' page on the registration system at https://enter.rcjonline.org.au. 
  • As per the rules of each challenge, teams are limited to a maximum of five students.
  • Detailed schedules will be distributed to the mentors of all registered teams prior to the event.
  • Payment is via EFT or Credit Card via Paypal. Cash and cheque payments will not be accepted. Organisations with long payment schedules are strongly advised to register and download your invoice early, or make payment using Credit Card.
  • Internet access will not be available at the venue. Please ensure your programs and other important files are available offline. This is particularly important  to consider if your data is stored in OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox or you use a Chromebook. 

2019 Australian Open Results

Congratulations to all students who participated in the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Showground's Victoria Pavilion in Melbourne, October 2019. A big thanks to all the mentors, parents, siblings and friends who attended, and especially to all who volunteered to ensure the smooth running of the event.


Novice OnStage

Scotch Oakburn College - The Greatest Show

Runner Up
Kimberly Park State School - Pickles

Third Place
Hamilton South Public School - Lightning Bolts

Melbourne School of Engineering Dean's Award
Telopea Park School - Mysterious Fifth Space Turtle

Robogals Award
Capalaba State College - Capalaba Dragons

Experienced OnStage

Mullion Creek PS - Ready Steady Ride

Runner Up
Somerville House - Around the World

Third Place
Somerville House - Greek Gods

Melbourne School of Engineering Dean's Award
Home Education Network Canberra and Southern Tablelands - Jaberwockey

Robogals Award
Trinity College Blackview - Caramello Koalas


Primary Rescue Line

Preliminary Rounds Results Table

Gendal Primary School - Spernova

Runner Up
St Francis Xavier College - DJG

Third Place
Megaminds - Megaminds

Melbourne School of Engineering Dean's Award
Glendal Primary School - Terminal Hyperbots

Robogals Award
Yarralumla Primary School - Yarralumla

Secondary Rescue Line

Preliminary Rounds Results Table

Glen Eira College - Pashmam

Runner Up
Glen Waverley Secondary College - FBI Open Up

Third Place
Brisbane Boys College - Syntax Error

Melbourne School of Engineering Dean's Award
St Michael's Grammar School - Gavvvinne

Robogals Award
Somerville House - UVQ

Open Rescue Line

Preliminary Rounds Results Table

St Aloysius College - Tankbot

Runner Up
Box Hill High School - Pi in Disguise

Third Place
iBot - Incredible Spacedragon

Melbourne School of Engineering Dean's Award
Fort Street High School - DuctApe

Robogals Award
St George Christian School - Maybe We Can Do It

Open Rescue Maze

Sacred Heart College - Terminally Confused

Runner Up
Sacred Heart College - Robo-Sapiens

Third Place
Fort Street High School - Escape

Melbourne School of Engineering Dean's Award
Sandringham College - Hope

Robogals Award
Forst Street High School - Escape


Standard League Soccer

Group 1 Round Robin Results
Group 2 Round Robin Results
Group 3 Round Robin Results
Group 4 Round Robin Results
Group 5 Round Robin Results

S-Kids - S-Kids

Runner Up
Sacred Heart College - Flying Gorilla

Third Place
Melbourne High School - Team Amaizeing

Melbourne School of Engineering Dean's Award
Northern Beaches Christian School - Delta Squad

Robogals Award
Glen Waverley Secondary College - GWSC

Lightweight Soccer

Group 6 Round Robin Results

Brisbane Boys' College - Gamma

Runner Up
Brisbane Boys' College - Morph

Third Place
Brisbane Boys' College - Polarity

Melbourne School of Engineering Dean's Award
Brisbane Boys' College - Gamma

Robogals Award
Somerville House - TBA



Open Soccer

Group 7 Round Robin Results

Brisbane Boys' College - Omicron

Runner Up
Brisbane Boys' College - J-Tec

Third Place
Merewether High School - Inevitable

Melbourne School of Engineering Dean's Award
Independant - Holonomic