Officer cadets and midshipmen are employed full-time by the Australian Defence Force. As members of the ADF, they receive a salary while they study, as well as benefits such as a textbook allowance, subsidised accommodation, free healthcare, and uniforms. The ADF also pays their tuition fees and guarantee them a career as an Officer in the Navy, Army or Air Force on graduation.
In addition, a range of leave options are available on weekends and during session breaks, and cadets are encouraged to return to their home town or city and visit family and friends.
Subject to training requirements, cadets and midshipmen generally receive two periods of leave each year, over Christmas and New Year, and during the Session break in July. The mid-session breaks in May and September generally provide an opportunity to undertake adventurous training, field study trips, Single Service Training (SST), Common Military Training (CMT), remedial academic courses or Engineering workshops.
The Australian Defence Force will pay for cadets and midshipmen to travel to their nominated family address twice each year. These trips may be taken during either leave period. They are required to vacate their accommodation during the Christmas/New Year break to enable professional cleaning and refurbishment of the building.
During the academic year leave is generally restricted to weekends; however additional leave may be requested through the chain of command where special circumstances exist.