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What's on at ADFA

4 March 2017 - Chief of the Defence Force Parade

The Chief of the Defence Force Parade marks the first year Navy midshipmen, Army and Air Force officer cadets successfully completing their initial military training and is the first formal ceremonial parade for the year. Families and guests are welcome.

The information pack for families and guests is available to download:
2017 CDF Parade - Families and Guests Information Pack (232 KB PDF)

26 August 2017 - ADFA Open Day

The ADFA Open Day will be held from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday 26 August 2017.

Open Day is a chance for school students, parents and the local community to see a range of exciting military displays and learn everything they need to know about life at ADFA.

Watch ADFA midshipmen and officer cadets complete the above pool obstacle course, undertake physical training, abseiling and rock climbing, and practicing military self defence. ADFA bands performed live music throughout the day, and the Navy, Army and Air Force had walk-throughs of helicopters, explain clearance diving procedures, and show you an aerial view of ADFA.

Defence and University of New South Wales staff will be on hand to provide course and careers advice to potential candidates and their families. Navy Midshipmen, Army and Air Force Officer Cadets are available to talk to you about their life at ADFA and conduct personalised tours, providing first hand accounts of their military and academic studies and experience.

There is no better opportunity to experience our unique institution. If you are considering a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force then Open Day is your chance to find out all you need to know.

To get the most out of your day, you can pre-plan your visit using the ADFA Open Day program:

Please note the program may be subject to change until closer to the event.

A map of Canberra showing the ADFA campus is available to download:
ADFA Map (523 KB PDF)

14 December 2017 - ADFA Graduation Parade

The 2017 Graduation Parade will be held at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) on Thursday 14 December 2017, commencing at 9.30am.

ADFA Tours

The Australian Defence Force Academy conducts public tours. The tours run for approximately 1.5 hours and take in the main areas of the Academy. Large and small groups are catered for.

To arrange a visit to the Academy, please contact the Visits Liaison Officer on (02) 6268 8541 or email:

Event Calendar

There are a number of events held at ADFA throughout the year for both current students and the general public.

Download the ADFA 2017 Events Calendar (22.6 KB PDF)


Graduation Parade

VCDF inspects cadets

Personnel carrier at Openday