Applying for ADFA is a competitive, dual application process that can take up to 12 months. It's preferable you apply in Year 11, but you can still apply in Year 12.

ADFA Information Sessions
Find out about studying at ADFA from graduates and recruiters. For the next date in your local city call 13 19 01 or follow us on Facebook

Next ADFA Open Day
Experience ADFA, meet staff and students, take a tour and view military displays.

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  • Time:
  • Where:
  • Saturday 26 August 2017
  • 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Northcott Drive in Campbell, ACT
  • When: Saturday 26 August 2017
    Time: 9.00am to 4.00pm
    Where: Northcott Drive in Campbell, ACT

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    To arrange a tour of ADFA at another time, call the ADFA Visits Liaison Officer on (02) 6268 8541.

    • Australian Citizen or hold Permanent Resident status
    • At least 16 years old when applying and for first interview and 17 on entry
    • Completed Year 12 with passes that meet UNSW requirements for your chosen degree
    • At least 152cm tall
    • Reasonably fit and healthy, and with an acceptable Body Mass Index

    Gender, race, religion, sexuality and marital status have no impact on ADF selection.

    • Explore the jobs that match each ADFA degree on the Jobs Search page.
    • Apply for the job online or by calling 13 19 01, selecting 'ADFA' as the method of entry.
      Army Officer candidates apply for a General Service Officer role, as specific jobs are not confirmed until after graduation and Officer training.

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  • Attend a Your Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) Session (preferably in Year 11 or early 12)
  • Attend an Assessment Day with a psychological interview, medical assessment and ADF interview
  • Attend an Officer Selection Board in Canberra
  • Receive offer from the ADF
  • Accept ADF offer (subject to passing Pre-Entry Fitness Assessment and final medical)

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  • View UNSW application process at
  • Decide which degree to apply for based on career course
  • Apply for UNSW Canberra-ADFA through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)
  • Accept Universities Admissions Centre offer


    ADFA Education Award

    The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Education Award is presented annually to Year 12 students in recognition of leadership potential, and academic and sporting achievements exhibited during Year 11. The award comprises a tablet device (or similar) and certificate for you, along with a plaque of recognition for your school. There are up to 50 awards available on behalf of the Navy, Army and Air Force, which will be presented to suitable applicants who have applied for entry to ADFA.

    2016 Key Dates

    • 1 May Applications open (of the year the applicant is in Year 11)
    • 28 February Applications close (of the year the applicant is in Year 12)
    • March to April* Officer Selection Board
    • May Notification of Award Winners
    • Second school term Presentation of Awards
    • January the year after you graduate from Year 12^ Entry to ADFA
    * Boards are held in Canberra (travel, accommodation and meals provided). ^ Subject to Year 12 final results in competition with other applicants.

    To be eligible for the award, you must be studying Year 11 subjects that meet both the educational qualifications for admission to the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and single Service entry requirements. You must submit an application prior to 28 February in the year you undertake Year 12. However, you are encouraged to apply in Year 11. You may apply for all three Services, however, you will only be assessed for the Education Award against your first preference. If you are successful, you will only receive the award if you are enrolled in Year 12 at the time of the award presentation and you meet the age requirements for ADFA entry.

    The application process comprises the ADFA entry aptitude test, medical testing and a series of interviews including an Officer Selection Board (OSB). Receipt of the ADFA Education Award does not guarantee you entry into ADFA, as you will still be in national competition against other candidates for entry.

    The ADFA Education Award is unbonded, which means there is no obligation to accept an offer to attend ADFA, nor is there any obligation on the Australian Defence Force to offer appointment to you if you are an award winner.

    A representative of the Australian Defence Force will present the award to you at a school assembly in the second school term of Year 12.