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03 March 2018 – Chief of the Defence Force Parade

The 2018 Chief of the Defence Force Parade will be held at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) on Saturday 03 March 2018, commencing at 9.30 am.

The Chief of the Defence Force Parade marks the completion of initial military training by Year One Midshipmen and Officer Cadets and is a significant milestone in their progress into the Australian Defence Force.

The Academy is pleased to welcome the guests to this important event, and hope that the following information will assist you in planning your attendance.

25 August 2018 – ADFA Open Day

This is a chance for potential ADFA candidates, Defence families and members of the community to learn more about the lifestyle, tertiary education and military training on offer at the Academy. There is also a range of military displays by the Navy, Army and Air Force to give you a snapshot of some of the careers available to you in the ADF.

Over 14,000 people attended the 2017 ADFA Open Day and enjoyed the RAAF Roulettes display, RAAF military working dogs display, a simulated ground based infantry attack by ADFA Midshipmen and Officer Cadets, overwater obstacle course, physical training outdoor battle display, Army vehicle displays, Army Parachute Display Team, Navy helicopters and much more. ADFA’s Midshipmen and Officer Cadets ran stalls, selling food and interacted with families and potential candidates to provide them with insight into life while at ADFA.

Gates open at ADFA at 8.45am, with the first event to start at 9.15am. Car parking is limited and free Action shuttle buses will depart from Campbell Park and Russell Offices for the public to attend the event. Buses from Campbell Park commence at 8.30am and the final bus will return by 4.25pm. Buses from Russell Offices main car park commence at 8.40am, with the final bus returning to the main carpark by 4.10pm.

You are reminded that prohibited items and substances are not permitted to be carried on ACTION shuttle buses and onto the ADFA precinct.

Further information on ADFA Open Day, including the program and FREE shuttle bus timetable, is available here.

13 December 2018 – ADFA Graduation Parade

Amendment – The 2018 Graduation Parade will be held at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) on Thursday 13 December 2018, commencing at 9.30am.

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 2018 Events Calendar (107 KB PDF)


Graduation Parade

VCDF inspects cadets

Personnel carrier at Openday