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Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program

2021 VCDF Welcome Message

As Vice Chief of the Defence Force, I have the privilege of partnering with the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, the Hon Darren Chester MP, in overseeing the 2021 Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program (ADFPP)

The program performs a valuable role in building mutual understanding between Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, Senators and Members of Parliament. Since its inauguration in 2001, the success of the program has been built on offering you a unique opportunity to engage first hand with the men and women of the ADF, be it on operations, training and exercises, or on humanitarian tasks.

In 2020, the program was necessarily constrained to adjust to COVID-19 requirements. We are planning for the 2021 program to offer you greater opportunities. This year the program is offering a suite of 33 attachment options which cover all facets of Defence capabilities, including underpinning raise, train and sustain activities by our ADF personnel. Defence will continually monitor the viability of each option against the relevant COVID-19 restrictions, to ensure the safety of Defence personnel and participants.

This year the Royal Australian Navy is giving an opportunity to experience life at sea aboard a guided missile destroyer, Amphibious Assault Ship or a Collins Class submarine. The Australian Army provides participants the opportunity to be part of training exercises across Australia, including spending time in the field with our Reserve forces. The Royal Australian Air Force offers you the opportunity to take the controls of our latest aircraft in the simulator or be part of Exercise CHRISTMAS DROP; exercising humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions to support remote communities. In our Joint Capabilities Group, there are opportunities to participate in accelerated defensive cyber training and to observe our international trainers at work. The 2021 program will once again offer an opportunity to participate in Exercise TALISMAN SABRE; the ADF’s premier combined training activity of the year. This will involve thousands of troops on land, sea and in the air, as well as major Australian and allied assets including warships, fighters, bombers, helicopters, armour and artillery.

To allow for maximum participation in the 2021 program a range of short one or two day activities conducted in the Canberra region are available. An example includes attending the ADF Peace Operations Training Centre which is responsible for delivering pre-deployment training to military, police or civilian members entering a United Nations mission.

Regardless of which option you select, I am confident that the experience will give you beneficial insights into the ADF. On behalf-of the Chief of the Defence Force, the Service Chiefs and the wider Defence community, I wish you a very warm welcome to the 2021 ADFPP. I have no doubt you will find it an exciting and rewarding experience whether it be your first, second or tenth attachment. I look forward to meeting with you during the course of the year to hear firsthand of your experience.

Vice Admiral David Johnston AO RAN

Vice Chief of the Defence Force

This page was last updated 13th January 2021.