The Aussie Mozzie Tube is a netted sleeping tube designed for protection against mosquitos, snakes, rodents, and other pests and vermin, and is intended for first line emergency accommodation following disasters. The products are not available to the public but are made available to organizations for implementation in post-emergency situations.
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
The Aussie Mozzie Tube® ceased trading as a business in 2011 to become an extension of Royden Alfred Fund, a private, non-contributory Christian charity, self-funded and administered by Rodney and Elaine Foster, based in Queensland, Australia. Interview with designer Partnering organizations include The Salvation Army of Australia Eastern Territory, Gale Pacific, Queensland, Australia; and the Brisbane Youth Service and Drug Arm Australasia, Brisbane office
According to the designer, the Aussie Mozzie Tube is available in two types: the lightweight Walkabout and the heavy-duty Overlander. The Walkabout is manufactured in China and the Overlander is manufactured in Australia. The product is manufactured according to standard tent-making methods, processes and procedures. Using lightweight fabrics suitable for air-drop compatibility, The Aussie Mozzie Tube is able to be sewn on an old treadle machine or a modern domestic sewing machine, possibly allowing work to be done in the home, or in a hall, prison or factory situation. Work is envisaged to be done by church groups, women’s groups, or unemployed, on a voluntary basis, affording no expenditure for actual manufacture. Interview with designer
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
The Walkabout is the product model that is distributed to disaster victims due to its lightness, compactness, and lower cost. The product designers provide interdenominational Christian mission work and assistance to the homeless through the provision of The Aussie Mozzie Tube by way of their self-funded parent company, Royden Alfred Fund, either within Australia through their work, or globally through a free Licence To Manufacture to any organization wishing to utilize the offer by purchasing through their Chinese manufacturer at cost price, FOB China, or producing the product for themselves, not for resale. The designer offers plans, drawings, specifications and technical advice at no cost, to participating organizations accepting that they will have the responsibility for the necessary training. In addition, the organizations would obtain the rods, mesh, poly-tarp, zip, binding and thread direct from their own source, to the specifications required. Interview with designer
Distributions to Date Status
Intended number of occupants (#)
Speed of assembly (h)
Less than 0.5 hour (Ready to use in minutes)
Footprint area (m²)
Internal volume (m³)
Can be used long term inside a residence. Interview with designer
Maximum snow load (kg/m²)
Maximum wind speed (km/h)
Unknown. Tie-down loops are in place for staking in severe weather. Interview with designer
Tropical Interview with designer
The Walkabout is designed for short term outdoor or fixed situation indoor use - Size: Length 188 cm (6'2"), Width 75 cm, Height 64 cm - Base: Lightweight Double Laminated Polyethylene - Upper: Polyester Midge Mesh - Weight: 1.1 kg - Packed Size: 50 x 35 x 4 cm The Overlander is designed for constant outdoor or rough use - Size: Length 188 cm (6'2"), Width 75 cm, Height 64 cm - Base: Heavy Duty Double Laminated Polyethylene - Upper: PV Coated Mosquito Mesh - Weight: 1.8 kg - Packed Size: 50 x 35 x 5 cm The Fly Kit is available as an optional extra - Size: Length 300 cm, Width 230 cm - Material: 115gm/m2 Double Laminated Polyethylene roped edges, reinforced corners and aluminium eyelets - Stakes: 6 x 175 x 4 mm plated steel in small bag - Cord: one (1) 1.5 m Clothesline, one (1) 3 m Shock Cord - Carry Bag: Rip-stop Nylon - Weight: 0.8 kg
None. Technical advise can be provided to organizations obtaining the License to Manufacture and contacting the manufacturer.
None. The user would have to replace the tube or find a way to patch the material.
Unknown. The designer claims they had a unit that was returned by a homeless person after four years of solid use and it was still in good condition. Interview with designer
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Vetted Performance Status
All testing for usability and longevity were carried out in the field. Interview with designer
The base can be made with fire retardant materials at extra weight and cost. Interview with designer
Complementary Technical Systems
Aussie Mozzie Tube does not offer any complimentary systems. The product could serve as one of the components inside a post-disaster response kit. According to the manufacturer, the product can be treated with Long Lasting Insecticide (LLI) at least every 4 months.
Academic Research and References
Compliance with regulations
The designer claims to be in compliance with UN Global Compact and the International Quality Standard ISO9000 to comply with general tent manufacturing standards.
It won several awards in 2006 and 2007.