ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills

The Australian Defence Force Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills program (ADF ARRTS) is an engaging 4-week residential program that helps build confidence and resilience in people who are experiencing health and wellbeing challenges related to service in the ADF, ACT Emergency Services, and the Australian Federal Police.

It is open to current serving members, including those transitioning from the ADF, and veterans who have transitioned within the past 3 years.

The program is held at the University of Canberra.

Training and mentoring is provided by arts practitioners in 3 streams:

  1. visual arts
  2. music and rhythm
  3. creative writing.

No previous experience in the arts is required.

The cost of tuition, mentoring, travel, accommodation, and allowances are covered by the ADF ARRTS program for eligible participants.

Please note that all ADF ARRTS programs will follow CDF/SEC COVID-19 Directives and be conducted in accordance with Commonwealth, State, and Territory health advice.

Poster (PDF, 342.33 KB)

Frequently asked questions (PDF, 2.15 MB)

Program information

The next ADF ARRTS Program will be conducted:

  • 5 - 31 May 2024. Apply today. Applications close 1 April 2024
  • 27 October – 22 November 2024. Applications close 23 September 2024. 

Download an application form below. Use Adobe Acrobat to open on PC or Mac computer. 

Application form (PDF, 201.58 KB)

For current ADF members, the application form is available on the Defence intranet within the Forms Portal (form AF028).



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