The 2023 Australian Defence Force (ADF) Parliamentary Program activities are summarised below. The program brochure is also available here.

2024 ADF Parliamentary Program brochure (PDF, 5.16 MB)

Review the activities list to choose a first and second preference, noting the dates, and then complete the application form.

Option Activity Details
1 ADF Cyber Warfare Operations

This activity exposes participants to the challenges faced in this rapidly evolving warfighting domain. Participants will be exposed to hands on activities, which deliver this warfighting capability.

Location: Canberra ACT and Adelaide, SA

Dates: Five-day program - dates are flexible during the Winter and Spring parliamentary recess.

Participants: 5 per activity

2 ADF Logistics Operations

Participants will gain an appreciation of the complexity of organising and managing Defence logistics across Defence’s multi-tiered security environments, including support to ADF operations, commitments to allies and regional partners.

Location: Canberra, ACT and Bandiana, VIC

Dates: Four-day program - dates are flexible within the Autumn, Winter and Spring parliamentary recess.

Participants: 4 per activity

3 ADF Space Operations

Defence Space Command (DSpC), formed on 22 March 2022. This activity will Commence in Canberra, where participants will be briefed on the diverse work conducted by DSpC, observe space operations and visit operational arms of DSpC in South Australia.

Location: Canberra, ACT and Adelaide, SA

Dates: Five-day program - dates are flexible within the Autumn, Winter and Spring parliamentary recess.

Participants: 5 per activity

4 ADFA Leadership Challenge III

Participants will join the emerging ADF leaders studying at the Australian Defence Force Academy, as they receive theoretical and practical command, leadership and ethics education as part of their joint military training. Participants may also contribute to the training through becoming an active role player.

Location: Majura Training Area, ACT

Dates: Two or three-day program in late August / early September.

Participants: 4 per activity

5 ADF Peace Operations Training Centre

Participants will observe and be provided an opportunity to participate in elements of UN Core Pre-Deployment Training focused on military, police or civilian members deploying on an UN mission.

Location: Canberra, ACT

Dates: Three-day program between 13 – 28 May and 23 September – 10 October.

Participants: 5 per activity

6 Operation RESOLUTE

Operation Resolute is the Australian Defence Force contribution to the whole-of-government effort to protect Australia’s borders and offshore maritime interests. Participants will gain an insight into the tasks being undertaken in our north.

Location: Canberra, ACT and Darwin NT

Dates: Five-day program - dates are flexible within the Autumn and Spring parliamentary recess.

Participants: 2 per activity

7 Fleet Base West - Submarines and Clearance Diving

Visit HMAS Stirling where RAN ships, submarines and aircraft based in Western Australia are logistically and operationally supported. There may also be an opportunity to join highly skilled Navy personnel in a Collins Class Submarine at sea.

Location: Rockingham, WA

Dates: Five-day program - dates are flexible within the Autumn, Winter and Spring parliamentary recess.

Participants: 3 per activity

8 Fleet Base East – Navy Sea Ride

Participants will be provided an opportunity to spend time at sea, to gain a comprehensive overview of the role that the major surface ships, including surface combatants, amphibious and support ships provide.

Location: Sydney, NSW

Dates: Five-day program - dates are flexible within the Autumn, Winter and Spring parliamentary recess.

Participants: 3 per activity

9 HMAS Cerberus

Centred at HMAS Cerberus (Victoria) this option will provide participants with the opportunity to gain an understanding and appreciation of the Royal Australian Navy base that serves as the primary training establishment for RAN personnel.

Location: Mornington Peninsular, VIC

Dates: Three to five-day program - dates are flexible within the Autumn, Winter and Spring parliamentary recess.

Participants: 3 per activity

10 Naval Aviation, Officer and Combat Survivability Training

Conducted at Jervis Bay participants will be provided an opportunity to engage with Navy’s emerging leaders as they undertake initial training and gain an understanding of the Navy’s aviation capability.

Location: Jervis Bay, NSW

Dates: Three to five-day program - dates are flexible within the Autumn, Winter and Spring parliamentary recess.

Participants: 4 per activity

11 Exercise KAKADU

Exercise KAKADU is a biennial event held in the Northern Australia Exercise Area with participants from up to 26 countries invited to send ships, aircraft and service personnel to participate. Participants will be embedded with the crew of an RAN Ship during the exercise period.

Location: Darwin, NT

Dates: Five-day program conducted between 09 – 19 September.

Participants: 3 per activity

12 Combat Training Centre - Exercise WAR FIGHTER

Conducted within the Townsville Field Training Area participants will be provided an opportunity to experience life in the field alongside Australian and United States Marine Corps soldiers.

Location: Townsville, QLD

Dates: Five-day program conducted between 25 May – 05 June.

Participants: 5 per activity

13 Headquarters 1st Division - Exercise MILNE BAY

Exercise MILNE BAY is a joint command post exercise conducted at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane. Participants will be provided an opportunity to witness the operational planning for large-scale combat operations, including the synchronisation of effects across the Land, Maritime, Air, Space and Cyber domains.

Location: Brisbane, QLD

Dates: Three-day program conducted between 11 June – 02 July.

Participants: 5 per activity

14 Regional Force Surveillance Unit

Participants will be provided a hands on experience on an on-country patrol with one of the Regional Force Surveillance Units NORFORCE (Darwin), Pilbara Regiment (Karratha) or 51 Far North Queensland Regiment (Cairns), as they conduct remote-area, land and littoral surveillance, and reconnaissance activities in Australia’s North and North West.

Location: Karratha, WA, Darwin, NT or Cairns, QLD

Dates: Five-day program - dates are flexible within the Autumn and Winter parliamentary recess.

Participants: 3 per activity

15 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment - Amphibious Exercise

Participants will join the 1st Division Amphibious Task Group at sea and move into an Amphibious Area of Operations, embedded with Australian and US Marine Corps soldiers.

Location: Townsville, QLD

Dates: Five-day program conducted between 25 May - 05 June.

Participants: 5 per activity

16 Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program

Conducted at Amata, on the extremely remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia, participants will be working with the soldiers and local community as they deliver a range of vocational skills and training programs as part of the 2024 Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program.

Location: APY Lands, SA

Dates: This is a five-day program conducted in September.

Participants: 3 per activity

17 Exercise HIGH SIERRA – RAAF Townsville

Conducted at RAAF Townsville and the remote operating base of Scherger on Cape York Peninsular. Participants will gain an understanding the complexities of keeping a deployed military fighter unit supported.

Location: Townsville, QLD

Dates: Five-day program conducted within the Exercise periods: March, April, September, and October.

Participants: 3 per activity

18 Exercise PITCHBLACK – RAAF Darwin

Ex PITCHBLACK is a biennial multi-national large force employment exercise conducted primarily from RAAF Darwin. Participants will be provided an opportunity to observe and participate in Air Force’s most significant International Engagement activity with forces participating from a wide range of partner and allied nations developing and enhancing military relationships at all levels.

Location: Darwin, NT

Dates: Five-day program 15 July – 19 July.

Participants: 3 per activity

19 RAAF East Sale

Located in Gippsland, a visit RAAF East Sale will provide participants an opportunity to engage with Air Force’s emerging leaders as they undertake initial training. Participants will also observe trainee pilots in the Pilatus PC21 turboprop trainer.

Location: East Sale, VIC

Dates: Five-day program - dates are flexible within the Spring parliamentary recess.

Participants: 2 per activity

20 RAAF Williamtown

This activity will provide participants an opportunity to meet the men and women responsible for flying and supporting a variety of aircraft including the F-35A lightning 11, Hawk 127 and the E-7A Wedge tail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft.

Location: Newcastle, NSW

Dates: Four-day program - dates are flexible within the Autumn, Winter and Spring parliamentary recess.

Participants: 3 per activity

21 RAAF Wagga

Join Air force’s newly recruited aviators as they undertake their initial military training. Throughout the activity, participants will also be provided an opportunity to observe and interact with the tri-service initial employment training in a number of aviation trades.

Location: Wagga Wagga, NSW

Dates: Four-day program - dates are flexible within the Autumn, Winter and Spring parliamentary recess.

Participants: 3 per activity

22 RAAF Edinburgh and Woomera Test Range

Participants will gain an insight in the day-to-day life of Air Force’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capabilities at RAAF Edinburgh. An opportunity to visit Woomera Test Range in remote South Australia, which operates in support of both Defence and National objectives.

Location: Edinburgh, SA

Dates: Five-day program - dates are flexible within the Autumn, Winter and Spring parliamentary recess.

Participants: 3 per activity