Studies & Training

Forged from a unique partnership between the Australian Defence Force and UNSW Australia, the Australian Defence Force Academy offers world-class education in a variety of degrees, plus cutting edge military and leadership training.

Choose a Degree

ADFA offers one of the best student / teacher ratios in the country and the finest academic staff in their respective fields. Choose from a range of degrees, each of which leads directly to officer roles in the Navy, Army or Air Force.

*With all UNSW degrees you must undertake at least some subjects outside your main study area (known as General Education). A separate Honours year may be available to selected individuals (with Service approval) taking a Bachelor of Arts, Business, Computing and Cyber Security or Science degree.

MORE ABOUT COURSES

For more information on academic studies visit unsw.adfa.edu.au/study/ or contact UNSW Student Administrative Services on (02) 6268 6000 or by email on sas@adfa.edu.au

DEGREE & JOB MATCH TOOL

Find ADF jobs that match your degree.

Learn to be a Leader

During breaks from your studies, you'll undertake two types of military training to learn the fundamental knowledge, skills and attitude to be an Australian Defence Force officer and a leader of personnel.

The Academy Military Education and Training (AMET) program is carried out in blocks at the beginning and end of each year and for nine hours per week during academic terms. It emphasises experience-based leadership development in the training activities, and includes subjects such as:

  • Leadership development
  • Drill and ceremonial
  • Military communication
  • Equity and diversity training
  • Operational environment
  • Field craft
  • Military justice
  • Weapons training
  • Physical training

Navy Single Service Training (SST) gives you the opportunity to experience the Navy and life at sea. It generally takes place for varying periods at the beginning and end of each year.

Year one

  • Military and mariner skills
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Routines, culture and traditions
  • Various activities relevant to your ADFA course

Years two and three

  • More activities relevant to your course at sea, attached to shore establishments, or with aviation squadrons

Army Single Service Training (SST) gives you the opportunity to experience the Army in hands-on situations. It generally takes place for varying periods at the beginning and end of each year.

Year one

  • Weapon handling, field craft and first aid
  • Radio communications and navigation
  • Outdoor fitness and survival exercises

Year two

  • Leadership training
  • Work experience with an Army brigade

Year three

  • Further leadership training
  • Weapon system training
  • Combat fitness

Air Force Single Service Training (SST) gives you the opportunity to experience life in the Air Force close up. It generally takes place for varying periods at the beginning and end of each year.

Year one

  • Air power knowledge
  • Military justice
  • Drill and ceremonial
  • Air Force heritage
    (Exercise Trojan)

Year two

  • Adventure training (Exercise Discovery)
  • Leadership and management
  • Communications
  • Weapon training

Year three

  • Work experience
  • Ground defence training

Gain additional assistance

UNSW offers a number of bonus point schemes which can help you gain admission. If you are eligible, these bonus points, combined with your ATAR/OP may assist you in meeting the UNSW Canberra entry requirements.