Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)

Have your fees paid for and earn a salary while you complete a University of New South Wales (UNSW) degree and military training.

What is ADFA?

ADFA develops and educates the future leaders of the Navy, Army and Air Force.
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Forged from a unique partnership between the ADF and the University of New South Wales, ADFA in Canberra offers world-class education plus cutting-edge military and leadership training. It’s where you can undertake military training while being paid to study for a world-class undergraduate degree.

As an ADFA student, you’ll receive a great salary plus full medical and dental cover and have all your tuition fees and student expenses covered by the ADF. You’ll graduate Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)-debt free and walk straight into a rewarding career in the Navy, Army or Air Force.

ADFA Benefits



How ADFA Works

ADFA open day

ADFA Open Day is run each year in August where you can:

  • learn about world class UNSW degrees in Business, Arts, Science, Engineering and Computing
  • meet with current ADFA Training Officers to learn about life on campus and
  • see a variety of military and educational displays such as Air Force aircraft flyovers, Army parachute displays, Navy divers, abseiling, military vehicle displays, the ADFA marching band and much more.

See what careers ADFA can lead you to
Maritime Warfare Officer

Oversee the control, navigation systems, and maritime safety of Navy ships.

Ways to enter role

Officer Entry: ADFAOfficer Entry: OfficerOfficer Entry: Undergraduate

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Army Officer

You have a leader within you. With world-class training, we’ll help unlock your leadership potential, making you a strong manager and decision-maker. You'll have the opportunity to command soldiers in one of many military specialisations.

Ways to enter role

Officer Entry: RMC - DuntroonOfficer Entry: ADFA

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Mission Aircrew

Work on board a range of military aircraft and operate some of the world's most sophisticated airborne electronic systems, working in surveillance and battle management, air combat or maritime patrol and response.

Ways to enter role

Officer Entry: ADFAOfficer Entry: Officer

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Electronics Engineer

Tackle highly varied engineering challenges on base and at sea, maintaining radar, sonar, communication and navigation systems, combat management systems and more.

Ways to enter role

Officer Entry: ADFAOfficer Entry: GraduateOfficer Entry: Undergraduate

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Artillery Officer

Take command of artillery delivery and surveillance platforms, as part of the Combined Arms Combat team; using skills gained through world-class leadership training.

Ways to enter role

Officer Entry: RMC - DuntroonOfficer Entry: ADFA

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