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Welcome to ADFA

ADFA is a unique partnership between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) which provides training and education for the future leaders of the Navy, Army and Air Force.

Approximately 800 Navy Midshipmen and Army and Air Force Officer Cadets are currently enrolled in the three year training program at ADFA. Another 300 are currently completing a fourth year of academic studies through UNSW. These cadets come from around Australia and, through military exchange programs, from 16 other Defence Forces around the world.


The Academy Magazine

The Academy Magazine

The 2014 version of The Academy magazine is now available to download. This special edition celebrates ADFA's 30th year since its formation. The magazine highlights the activities and achievements of the Undergraduate and Postgraduate & Guard elements of the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Download the Magazine.

White Ribbon Day Message

White Ribbon Day Message from the Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy

To the men and women of the Australian Defence Force Academy.

White Ribbon is Australia’s only national male-led campaign to end men’s violence against women. The movement works through primary prevention initiatives involving awareness raising, education and programs across workplaces and the broader community.

Click here for Information.

International Women's Day

International Women's Day 2014

A message from AIRCDRE Alan Clements, Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy, to all officer cadets, midshipmen and staff at the Academy regarding International Womens Day.

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Open Day 2014

Message from the Chief of the Defence Force

The Australian Defence Force Academy has a proud tradition of educating future leaders of the Australian Defence Force. Click here for some words from the Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley.


Open Day 2014

Graduation Parade 2014

The 2014 ADFA Graduation Parade will be held on Thursday 11 December, commencing at 9:30am.

More information can be found here...


Group News Headlines


Anzac Day France Contingent for Australia’s Federation Guard

21 April 2015: The Anzac Day France contingent for Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) has taken time in the lead up to their ceremonial duties to conduct a battlefield tour at key areas of the Western Front. Travelling from Amiens, the contingent visited memorials at Pozieres, Thiepval and Fromelles. Leading the tour was Assistant to the Defence Attache – France, Wing Commander Michael Garside.

The AFG will be performing catafalque parties at a number of ceremonies for the Centenary of Anzac services in Gallipoli, France, Belgium and East Timor.

Australia’s Federation Guard provides a Tri-Service Ceremonial Capability

15 April 2015: The parade ground at Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) in Canberra remains the epicentre of all things Anzac related as four contingents of Guardsmen prepare to travel to Europe and the South Pacific to support one of the most important ceremonial events in the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) history.

Practice and preparation are two words which have been embraced with gusto at the AFG with members of the tri service unit currently working every day to ensure Centenary of Anzac activities in Turkey, France, Belgium and Timor Leste are flawless. Australia’s Federation Guard provides a Tri-Service ceremonial capability in order to promote the standards, values, traditions and ethos of the ADF and Australia.

Indonesian Major General visits the Australian Defence College

15 April 2015: Major General Hartind Asrin, the Head of the Indonesian Defence Ministry's Education and Training Agency, visited the Australian Defence College at Weston Creek for discussions on bilateral E&T programs.

MAJGEN Aslin's visit program also included visits to the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Defence International Training Centre in Melbourne.

RSM-Ceremonial ADF presented with Anzac's Bible to take to Gallipoli

14 April 2015: Australian Army soldier Warrant Officer Class One Paul Richardson, Regimental Sergeant Major – Ceremonial, was presented with a Bible that saved the life of an Anzac digger at a moving ceremony in Canberra on 14 April 2015. The Bible belonged to Lance Corporal Elvas Jenkins of 2 Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers.

Lance Corporal Elvas Jenkins enlisted on 19 September 1914, shortly after the beginning of the First World War, and was serving at Gallipoli in 2 Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers, when the Bible saved his life by stopping a large piece of shrapnel.

Netherlands CDF visits the Australian Defence College

14 April 2015: The Netherlands Chief of Defence Force, General Tom Middendorp, visited the Australian Defence College to address the Defence and Strategic Studies Course.

The Fuel Supply Chain Journey in Defence

10 April 2015: Defence has established a new Defence Fuel Supply Chain regime to address maintenance, governance, safety and training issues on Defence Fuel Installations under the operational authority of Commander Joint Logistics, Rear Admiral Clint Thomas AM, CSC, RAN, the Head of the Defence Fuels Supply Chain.

This action has come about in response to a number of internal and external reviews into the fuel supply chain management in Defence. Significant progress has been made to improve the safety of the Defence Fuel Supply Chain and its resilience in support of capability. This change has been driven by the Secretary of Defence and the Chief of the Defence Force as part of implementing a continuous improvement culture.

International Day at the Australian Defence College

28 March 2015: Several hundred staff, course members and their families attended the International Day activities at the Australian Defence College, Weston Creek.

Representatives of more than 20 countries' defence forces attend the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies or the Australian Command and Staff College. The overseas representatives provide a broad diversity of perspectives that benefits all course members.

The annual International Day is an opportunity to celebrate the important contributions that overseas course members make at the Australian Defence College. The event included delicious cuisine from around the world and traditional dancing.

CMIW 2015 Mt Macedon - Diverse Countries: Common Interests

26 March 2015: The ACMC conducted its Civil-Military Interaction Workshop (CMIW) at the Australian Emergency Management Institute in Mount Macedon, Victoria, from 15-20 March 2015. The CMIW is ACMC’s flagship professional development program, bringing together around fifty participants to explore key issues in multinational, multiagency responses to conflicts and disasters.

ADFA Cadets & Midshipmen join Community Event

22 March 2015 : Over 250 officer cadets and midshipmen from the Australian Defence Force Academy joined the 5000 strong Canberra community in an event to pay respects to mother of three, Tara Costigan, who recently lost her life as a result of domestic violence.

ADFA were able to raise more than $9000 to be donated to the Tara Costigan Foundation, which has been created to educate Australians about domestic violence and help support victims and their families.

Australia marks the conclusion of Operation SLIPPER

21 March 2015 : Australia marked the conclusion of Operation SLIPPER with commemorative activities conducted across each State and Territory capital city and Townsville.

Australia's military contribution to the ISAF and the ICAT missions across Afghanistan and the Middle East commenced in October 2001. Australia deployed over 33,000 Australian Defence Force personnel, Australian Public Service employees and Australian Federal Police to the Middle East Area of Operations.