Australia Day commemorates the establishment of the first European settlement at Port Jackson, now part of Sydney, in 1788. It is an opportunity for Australians to come together to celebrate their nations heritage and culture and to reflect on the achievements of the nation and explorations of way to make the country even better in the future.
In celebration of Australia Day, Australia’s Federation Guard formed a Royal Guard welcoming Her Excellency the Honourable Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. Also present were Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Chairman of the National Australia Day Council, Mr Adam Gilchrist. During the Royal Guard the Australian flag was raised in time with a 21 Gun Salute at Rond Terrace.
Remembrance Day - 11 November 2013
Every year on the 11th November we gather to commemorate the end of World War 1 – Remembrance Day. Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) conduct a Royal Guard at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) for Her Excellency the Honourable Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
During the Royal Guard, AFG also provide a Catafalque Party at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the AWM where the heads of state pay their respects and place a poppy on the Tomb.
8 Hour Legacy Event - 30 August 2013
Australia's Federation Guard (AFG) members took part in an eight hour Legacy fund raising event. Groups of four defence and/or civilian members walked, ran or cycled for eight hours straight to raise money for Legacy. The event was held at Gaza Ridge Bandiana South Army Barracks in Albury/Wodonga. Walkers and runners completed laps of a 5km cross country style loop and bike riders rode around a 10km loop.
The AFG mixed walking team received medals for coming third after completing 19 laps. One of the AFG mens riding teams took out first place completing 27 laps. Overall the day was a success with all participants raising approximately $10,000 for Legacy.
EKKA - 09 August 2013
Australia's Federation Guard formed a Royal Guard for Her Excellency the Honourable Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia during the opening of the Royal Queensland Show (colloquially known as the Ekka).
The Ekka aims to showcase Queensland's culture, produce, resources and initiatives. Through a range of competitions, award ceremonies, exhibits, educational displays, animals and performances the Ekka displays all QLD has to offer.
Aberdeen Highland Games - 06 July 2013
Australia's Federation Guard Precision Drill Team travelled to the Hunter Valley, NSW to perform various routines at the Aberdeen Highland Games. The Highland Games featured various stalls, Scottish displays and activities. These activities included Pipes and Drums, Highland and Country Dancing and the Tartan Warrior competition. There was a Tug of War Competition and novelty events for the whole family to enjoy and participate in.
ANZAC Day - 25 April 2013
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance that broadly commemorates not only Australians and New Zealanders but all who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.
Australia’s Federation Guard members form various catafalque parties for ANZAC Day in Australia and around the world in locations which include Gallipoli, Villers-Bretonneux and Belgium.
Beating Retreat 06 April 2013
On Saturday 6 April 2013, the Australian War Memorial (AWM) put on an unforgettable Open Day for the public. Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) along with members of the Band of the Royal Military College Duntroon, put on an engaging performance. AFG members slow marched in review order and fired a series of volleys before the Precision Drill Team performed their amazing routine.
The Open Day ended with a concert where the skies above the Memorial came to life with the sounds and sights of an exciting Gun and firework display to the music of Tchaikovskys 1812 overture.
Skyfire - 16 March 2013
Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) took part in the annual Skyfire show and provided entertainment to the public with a Precision Drill Team (PDT) performance and the firing of the 105 Howitzer’s to music accompaniment.
Skyfire is put on by a local radio station where fireworks are set off to music over Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. During the show AFG fire the 105 Howitzer in time to the music.
Royal Guard for HRH The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles - 09 November 2012
Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) formed a Royal Guard on the Sydney foreshore welcoming His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales on his visit to Australia.
Meet and work with the men and women of the other services.
Be apart of the Australian Defence Force premier ceremonial unit.
Undertake adventure training and personal development programs.
Challenge yourself with exciting and rewarding experiences not available at other units.
Opportunity to study.
Join the Australian Defence Force Precision Drill team.
Welcome all the visiting heads of state and government to Australia.
Regain stability for you and your family after a high tempo posting.
Honour Australia’s military history and traditions.
Group News Headlines
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.
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.
Defence personnel go bridge to bridge in support of White Ribbon Day 2014
17 October 2014: Around 700 Defence personnel walked and ran around Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin to demonstrate their commitment to White Ribbon Day. Vice Chief of the Defence Force and White Ribbon Ambassador, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs launched the event, one of a number of activities being undertaken by Defence in the lead up to White Ribbon Day 2014 on Tuesday, 25 November 2014.
10 October 2014: Held each year, World Mental Health Day is a day dedicated to mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It is also the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Mental Health Day, a day to recognise the ADF’s commitment to taking care of its key capability – its people.
This year the Vice Chief of the Defence Force Vice Admiral Griggs spoke to Defence personnel at Australia's Defence Force Headquarters.
Admiral addresses mental health at Grace Groom Oration
9 October 2014: On the eve of World Mental Health Day 2014, Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs gave the keynote address at Mental Health Australia's annual Grace Groom Memorial Lecture.
Held at the National Press Club, VCDF outlined many of the issues facing a modern defence force that is looking to respond to the issue of mental health and wellbeing amongst service men and women.