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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


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.

Australia's Federation Guard celebrates 15th Birthday

20 March 2015 : Australia’s Federation Guard celebrated its 15th Anniversary since formation in a birthday commemoration with the Precision Drill Team who performed as part of the Guard in front of invited guests and dignitaries.

The Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency The Honourable General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC, was the official guest for the event. Australia’s Federation Guard was established in 2000 to provide the Australian Government and ADF with permanent ceremonial capability. The Guard, situated in Canberra, has performed in ceremonies for the ADF and Australian Government both in Australia, and overseas.

Mongolian Vice Minister of Defense, Mr Avirmid Battur Visits ACMC

10 February 2015 : The Mongolian Vice Minister of Defense, Mr Avirmid Battur, visited the ACMC as part of his official visit to Australia from 8-11 February 2015. Mr Battur was accompanied by the Mongolian Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Ravdan Bold. More details. Image Caption: Pictured left to right: Mongolian Vice Minister of Defense, Mr Avirmid Battur, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Nash, Dr Alan Ryan and His Excellency Mr Ravdan Bold.

ADFA class of 2014 celebrate milestone achievement

11 December 2014 : Following three years of military and academic studies, 220 officer cadets and midshipmen graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). They are now ready to become junior leaders in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Opening of Joint Logistics Unit (North) at Robertson Barracks, Holtze, NT

11 December 2014 : A modern, purpose built wholesale storage facility, Joint Logistics Unit – North was officially opened at Robertson Barracks in Holtze, Northern Territory. Minister for Defence’s representative, Senator Linda Reynolds said the logistics unit was one of seven being constructed under the Defence Logistics Transformation Program.

Australian Command and Staff Course (Joint) Graduation

08 December 2014 : The ACSC(J) class of 2014, along with families and friends, gathered at the Llewellyn Hall at the Australian National University (ANU) for their graduation ceremony. The ceremony ends a demanding year of full-time study at the Australian Defence College in Weston Creek, ACT, which culminates in the award of the Passed Staff Course (Joint) qualification and a Master of Military and Defence Studies from the ANU for the majority of the 168 graduates.

Defence and Strategic Studies Course Graduation

02 December 2014 : The 2014 Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC) graduation was held. The DSSC is an 11 month course postgraduate level professional development program that provides students with the skills and knowledge to operate at the highest levels of leaderships, command, policy formulation and management. In recognition of her outstanding achievements on the DSSC, Commodore Michele Miller was awarded the CDF/SEC Award.

New partnership to explore virtual simulation opportunities

28 November 2014 : Defence has entered a partnership with the University of Newcastle (UoN) to explore how virtual simulation can be used to further enhance education and training. The Australian Defence College (ADC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Newcastle at the Directorate of Simulation at RAAF Base Williamtown. Through the MOU, UoN honours and postgraduate students will undertake virtual simulation research and development projects that are directly relevant to the ADC.

Vice Chief launches Parliamentarians Against Family Violence

20 October 2014 : White Ribbon Ambassador Vice Admiral Ray Griggs launched Parliamentarians Against Family Violence at Parliament House. He discusses his role as Ambassador, why he encouraged the Navy to become a White Ribbon accredited workplace, and more broadly what Defence is doing to raise awareness of violence against women.