Ages: 9-16 years

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A listing of official formal rulings made by the Australian Head Referee, Jack Aakhus that will apply to Australian teams. 

Remaining Regional qualifiers for 2017.


25 November 2017
Wollongong Regional

UOW Innovation Campus, NSW

29 November 2017
Narrabeen Regional
Narrabeen Sports High School, NSW








FLL Australian Curriculum Links 2017 (PDF)

For ALL FIRST Australia events, each participant including students and coaches must download, complete & submit on tournament day:

NSW ONLY - In addition to the FIRST Consent form, all NSW FIRST Events participants including students and coaches must download, complete & submit on tournament day:

**For teams located outside of NSW, please contact the regional tournament director to for any additional FORMS. **

In Australia, there are two LEGO® Education retailers for LEGO® Mindstorms EV3 Kits:


2 & 3 December 2017

Australian National Championship

Macquarie University

  • Lodging:  Please click here for lodging options near Macquarie University.
  • Registration:  At each November regional qualifying tournamet, the Champion's Award team & a set number of Advancing Teams are identified & given an invitation (verbal during awards ceremony) to attend the national championship in Sydney.  There are no further registration costs incurred.  Teams will be sent a Google form link to confirm their registration for the event.  Further information regarding the event itself will be posted live to this as it becomes available.  Please visit often for details as the FIRST Australia staff is mostly off-site during the month of November facilitating events.
  • Attendance:  Teams must participate in both full days.  The Judging sessions will take place on Saturday along with the beginning robot game rounds.  Robot game rounds will finish Sunday morning and the awards ceremony will take place after lunch.  
  • Food:  The Macquarie Centre is located within walking distance of the MQU campus with multiple food outlets available for meal purchases while attending the competition.  
  • Transportation: Public transport via bus & train are available to and from the university.  The Macquarie University train station is located at the edge of the campus, adjacent to the Macquarie Shopping Centre.  For teams travelling by air, there is a train station located at the Sydney Domestic Airport.  Teams may take this train to Central and change lines to Macquarie University.   Information on NSW Public Transport can be found here:  CLICK!
  • Parking:  Parking is available at Macquarie University.  Please access parking permit located near the top of this information block  (with schedule, risk assessment and campus map).  PERMIT MUST BE CLEARLY DISPLAYED in driver's window or patron's will be responsible for any fines incurred.  
  • Free Event:  Open to spectators.  No tickets required.  

Consent/Release Forms

Each coach & student participating in the competition must print, completed & submit these forms during the Team Registration process on Saturday, 2 December 2017: *Required
  • Coaches' Handbook - New this season? Here is a guide of what to expect.
  • Each team may attend ONLY ONE qualifying regional tournament each season.
  • FIRST Steps - Also recommended for new coaches, these online modules will help you plan activities for your meetings. Request access here.
  • 2017:  There will no refunds for registration & game kits unless the game kit is returned new, in tact, bags unopened.  This includes teams who are unable to attend a regional for which they've registered.  FIRST Australia will not be responsible for waiving/refunding registration fees to teams who miss their assigned regional for any reason.
  • Invoices will be issued to schools between September - December 2017.
Registering a team for the 2017 FIRST® LEGO® League season (in Australia) incurs the following fees:
  •  AUD$400 for one team with one game kit + shipping
  •  AUD$475 for two teams sharing one game kit + shipping
  • AUD$800 for two teams with two game kits + shipping

FIRST® LEGO® League is a competition catering for upper-primary and lower-secondary school students. Every year, teams of up to 10 students build, program and compete with a robot, while also learning about a modern problem in science and engineering and developing solutions for it.  The entire competition for the year is based around one of these themes: Past themes include natural disasters, senior citizens, food health & safety, climate change, medical science, and nanotechnology.  Tournaments are run with the feel of a sporting event, and teams compete like crazy while having the time of their lives.  What FIRST® LEGO® League  teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. Its fun. Its exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.
FIRST® LEGO® League is a multi-part competition judged on three important elements:

1. Robot

Teams design, build and program a LEGO® robot to complete a series of challenges. The robot has to operate on pre-programmed instructions, and complete as many tasks as possible in only 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The challenge changes every year, and is always based on the years central theme. The 2013 game, Natures Fury, was based on natural disasters and robots had to clear branches of power lines, raise flood warning signs, and more. Teams compete on adjacent tables to score as many points as possible, and a number of awards are given for robot performance, programming innovation and clever design.

2. Project

Every year, teams study the years theme and develop solutions to problems theyve identified in society. Through the project, teams learn more about the competition theme and present their ideas to a panel of judges. Working on the project teaches students to research, think critically, work as a team and speak publicly. The project shows students they have the power to change the world, as teams can share successful ideas with their community, their school, their families, even all of Australia and the world. The international FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award provides teams with a way to share their solution with the entire global FIRST community.

3. Core Values

Throughout the competition, teams are judged on their adherence to the FIRST® LEGO® League core values, including teamwork, Coopertition®, and Gracious Professionalism®. This aspect of FIRST® LEGO® League is designed to develop the students of today into the responsible citizens of tomorrow. Good examples of Core Values are observed and recognised with awards and trophies. Through this celebration of good qualities, FIRST® LEGO® League seeks to make students into better competitors, citizens, problem-solvers and engineers.

Requirements and Cost

FIRST® LEGO® League is an incredibly rewarding program for young students, and teams can come from schools, social groups, community groups, homes, church groups, etc.

If you want to start a team, there are a few things youll need:

  • A dedicated adult coach
  • A LEGO Education Mindstorms EV3 or NXT Robot Kit
  • A FIRST LEGO League Game Kit (new themed game kit each year with registration)
  • A place to meet to work on building robots, practicing games and working on the project.
*Please note that the LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Kit is not a part of the yearly FIRST LEGO League game kit and must be purchased separately from an authorized retailer.  You will receive your game kit(s) from FIRST Australia.   

Registering a team for the 2017 FIRST® LEGO® League season (in Australia) incurs the following fees:

  •  AUD$400 for one team with one game kit + shipping
  •  AUD$475 for two teams sharing one game kit + shipping
  • AUD$800 for two teams with two game kits + shipping
 This registration cost includes a competition challenge set for the team to practice with, and the right to compete at a regional qualifying tournament.  If the team performs well, they may be invited to compete at a national level - for no extra registration cost.

The game is released in August, and regional qualifying tournaments are mostly in November/December (exact dates vary by region). Teams who perform well in their region qualify to compete at the Australian national tournament in December, at which they may qualify further to compete at an international event, representing Australia. To register a team for the 2017 Season, link will go live in June 2017.

Practice Kits

FIRST LEGO League practice kits from previous seasons are available (may pick up in person from Macquarie University or pay for TNT shipping).   These kits are useful between seasons for new teams who would like to learn the game and develop robot strategies before the new season is released (generally in August of each year).   If you would like to purchase a previous season's game kit, please download and complete this form: FLL Practice Set Order 2017 (clickable link) and email to: The following kits are currently available:

  • 2016 ANIMAL ALLIES ($200 each + shipping)

Practice kit contains the competition table mat and all of the LEGO individually bagged and numbered to build the mission models. CLICK HERE to access & download the mission model building instructions for each kit.  

FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournament Contacts