Opportunities for Students

A year full of new friends and new experiences. Get a feel for a career in the ADF.

Australian Defence Force Academy

Receive world-class education

Defence University Sponsorship

Start your working life with a great job and reduced HELP debt

Discover your path in an ADF GAP year

Experience life in the ADF for just one year

Already have a degree?

Whether you are a recent graduate or in the middle of your career, a degree could fast-track you into an officer role.

Where are you at?

Select your current status to see the education-based options available to you.


It's never too early to start thinking about becoming an Officer in the Navy, Army or Air Force. A degree will fast-track you into an exciting Officer role, and there are two ways to have your uni fees paid for by the ADF.

Australian Defence Force Academy

Receive military and leadership training in parallel with your university studies, choosing from a wide range of UNSW degree courses at ADFA in Canberra.

Defence University Sponsorship

Study a relevant degree at your choice of accredited university, have your course fees paid from your appointment, earn a salary as you learn, and walk straight into a great job in the ADF.

Info for those under 17
  • If you wish to receive information about the careers available in the ADF, please register your details with ADF Careers.
  • The Defence Work Experience Program (DWEP). If you are over 15 years of age the DWEP is a national program that provides high school and tertiary students aged 15 years and older the opportunity to gain exposure to a range of jobs available within the Australian Defence Force and/or the Department of Defence. For more information click here.
  • ADF Cadets. If you are over 12 years and 6 months of age, you can join our youth development program – the Australian Defence Force Cadets. In the Cadets, you’ll develop leadership, team-building and survival skills while having great fun.

Like some guidance?

If you're undecided about which route to take, a chat with a recruiter could really help. You can call us, send an enquiry, or visit your local ADF Careers Centre.


Start thinking ahead to the excellent career opportunities available to graduates in the ADF, complete with a lifestyle that's hard to beat.

Defence University Sponsorship

If you're studying a relevant degree at an accredited university, have your remaining course fees paid, earn a salary as you learn, and walk straight into a guaranteed job in the ADF.

Graduate Entry

If your degree isn't on the sponsorship list it could still fast-track you into a rewarding Officer role, with leadership and professional development training.

Finished University
Finished University

Whether it's your first job out of uni, or you're looking for a more exciting avenue for your qualifications, the ADF offers excellent opportunities.

Graduate Entry

Join the Navy, Army or Air Force degree-qualified and you'll be fast-tracked straight into a rewarding Officer role; with vocational, leadership and professional development training.