You'll find the ADF located right across Australia and on vessels worldwide. Personnel may also be deployed overseas on combat, disaster relief, peacekeeping and aid provision operations.

National coverage and capability

ADF bases provide broad coverage of Australia whilst satisfying specific strategic needs. Navy bases are home to specific vessels; Army bases host brigades, corps or capabilities such as aviation and surveillance; and Air Force bases are home to squadrons of strike, transport or surveillance aircraft.


Navy bases


HMAS Harman

Canberra, ACT

Provides administrative support to Navy personnel located in the Canberra area, and is home to a communications function, the Defence Information Systems and Communications Establishment and a Naval Cadet unit.


Fleet Base East

Port Jackson, Sydney NSW

Home port for numerous Navy vessels, including Anzac and Adelaide Class Frigates, a landing ship, an offshore support vessel, and the new Canberra Class Amphibious Ships.

HMAS Kuttabul

Potts Point, Sydney NSW

Provides administrative, training and logistics support to Fleet Base East and personnel within the Sydney area.

HMAS Waterhen

Waverton, Sydney NSW

The Navy's lead establishment for mine warfare, and home to Australia's Mine Countermeasures Force, Clearance Diving Team One and a fleet of Minehunter vessels.

HMAS Albatross

Nowra, NSW

The Navy's largest operational establishment and home of the Fleet Air Arm, supporting Seahawk and MRH-90 helicopter squadrons, as well as unmanned avail vehicles and the ADF Helicopter Training School.

HMAS Penguin

Balmoral, Sydney NSW

Home to the RAN Diving School, RAN Hydrographic School and the RAN Medical School, along with specialist units and medical facilities.

HMAS Watson

Watsons Bay, Sydney NSW

The Navy's premier maritime warfare training establishment for all ranks from Junior Sailors to Commanding Officers.

HMAS Creswell

Jervis Bay, Territory

Home of the Royal Australian Naval College and the school of sea survivability and ship safety.


HMAS Coonawarra

Darwin, NT

A vitally important Navy port given its proximity to our northern neighbours, and home to a large fleet of patrol boats.


NHQ South Australia

Adelaide SA

Provides administrative support to Navy personnel working in South Australia and represents the Navy in the local community.


NHQ Tasmania

Hobart TAS

Provides administrative support to Navy personnel located in the Hobart area.


HMAS Cerberus

Crib Point VIC

Located 70 km from Melbourne, the Navy's premier training establishment where around 6,000 personnel are trained annually. Schools here include Recruit School, School of Sea Survivability, Physical Training Instructor School, Defence Force School of Signals and the Engineering Faculty.


HMAS Stirling

Rockingham, Nr. Perth WA

Provides administrative, training, communications and logistics support to the personnel and vessels based here. These vessels include Collins Class submarines, support vessels and numerous ANZAC Class frigates.


HMAS Cairns

Portsmith, Cairns QLD

Provides logistic and administrative support to numerous specialist units, and is home to patrol boats, Hydrographic Survey vessels, Motor Survey Launches as well as Laser Airborne Depth Sounder aircraft.

HMAS Moreton

Brisbane QLD

Provides coordination and administrative support for all Navy activity in Queensland south of Rockhampton; and is home to Naval Reserve musicians, a dive team and Navy cadets.


Army bases and Reserve units


Training Establishments

Royal Military College, Duntroon

Duntroon, ACT 2612

Every Army Officer passes through the Royal Military College (RMC) in Canberra. Its state-of-the-art training facilities teaches every aspect of Army command including leadership, military tactics, decision-making and the management of personnel.


Duntroon, ACT 2612

The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) develops and educates the future leaders of the Navy, Army and Air Force. The program at ADFA combines military and leadership training with a recognised world class degree from the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Reserve Units

  • Royal Military College
  • Campbell Park
  • Brindabella Park
  • HMAS Harman


Training Establishments

Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka

Kapooka, NSW 2650

All soldiers in the Army complete Basic Training at the 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Blamey Barracks in Kapooka near Wagga Wagga. That's why it's known as the 'Home of the Soldier'.

School of Infantry, Singleton

Singelton, NSW 2331

This is where all Riflemen complete their Initial Employment Training.

School of Military Engineering, Moorebank

Sydney, NSW 2173

Provides training that ranges from Initial Employment Training to specialist training in advanced military technology and trade skills.

Major Bases

Holsworthy Barracks, Sydney

Sydney, NSW 2173

One of the Army’s major barracks in NSW and home to the headquarters of the 6th Brigade, the 6th Aviation Regiment, the 145th Signal Squadron, the headquarters of the 1st Close Health Battalion and the 2nd Commando Regiment.

Randwick Barracks, Sydney

Randwick, NSW 2031

Provides administrative support and supply services to units of the Australian Defence Force, mostly Army. Also home to the headquarters of 2nd Division and Reserve units.

Reserve Units

  • Bullecourt Barracks
  • Racecourse Barracks
  • Coffs Harbour Depot
  • Dee Why Depot
  • Erina Depot
  • Holsworthy Barracks
  • Kempsey Multi User Depot
  • Leeton Depot
  • Lithgow Depot
  • Romani Barracks
  • Lancer Barracks
  • Pymble Multi-User Depot
  • RAAF Base Richmond
  • Tamworth Depot
  • Wagga Wagga Depot
  • Army Financial Services Unit
  • Wollongong Depot
  • Gaza Depot
  • Blacktown Depot
  • Cowra Depot
  • Dubbo Depot
  • Grafton Depot
  • Manunda Lines
  • University of New South Wales Regiment
  • Lidcombe Multi User Depot
  • Army Financial Services Unit
  • Victoria Barracks
  • Penrith Training Depot
  • Suakin Depot
  • Rutherford Depot
  • Macquarie Barracks
  • University of Wollongong Regiment
  • Lone Pine Barracks
  • Banksmeadow Depot
  • Broken Hill Multi-User Depot
  • Sydney University Regiment
  • Timor Barracks
  • Gallipoli Lines
  • Blamey Barracks
  • Rockdale Multi-User Depot
  • Byron Barracks
  • Muswellbrook Depot
  • Parkes Depot
  • Port Macquarie Depot
  • Randwick Barracks
  • Sutherland Depot
  • Tweed Heads Depot
  • University of New England
  • Suakin Multi User Depot


Major Bases

Larrakeyah Barracks, Darwin

Darwin, NT 0820

Incorporates the Royal Australian Navy base HMAS Coonawarra and home to the Army element of NORFORCE, the unit responsible for surveillance in the north and north-west of Australia. Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Corps personnel are also based here.

Robertson Barracks, Darwin

Darwin, NT 0830

The Army's major establishment in the Northern Territory and home to the 1st Brigade and 1st Aviation Regiment. The units at Robertson include Armoured, Engineers, Signals, Infantry, Medical Corps, Aviation and other Combat Service Support units.

Reserve Units

  • Alice Springs
  • Jabiru Depot
  • Nguiu
  • Tennant Creek
  • Borroloola
  • Katherine
  • Nhulunbuy
  • Robertson Barracks
  • Groote Eylandt Depot
  • Larrakeyah Barracks
  • Robertson Barracks


Major Bases

RAAF Base Edinburgh

Edinburgh, SA 5111

Whilst predominately an Air Force establishment, is home to some infantry postings for the 7th Battalion, as well as other smaller combat service support units.

Woodside Barracks, Adelaide Hills

Adelaide Hills, SA 5244

Located in the Adelaide Hills and home to the Army’s Air Defence capability, the 16th Air Land Regiment.

Keswick Barracks, Adelaide Hills

Adelaide Hills, SA 5035

Home to headquarters of 9 Brigade and 10/27 Royal South Australian Regiment, an Army Reserve Infantry Battalion.

Reserve Units

  • Berri Multi-User Depot
  • Keswick Barracks
  • McAuley Barracks
  • Kadina Training Depot
  • Clare Training Depot
  • Mount Gambier Training Depot
  • Port Pirie Multi User Depot
  • Warradale Barracks
  • Hamptead Barracks
  • Lonsdale Noarlunga Training Depot
  • Elizabeth North Training Depot
  • Whyalla Training Depot


Major Bases

Derwent Barracks, Hobart

Glenorchy, TAS 7010

Located in the Hobart suburb of Glenorchy and home to Army Reserve units.

Reserve Units

  • Burnie Depot
  • Koepang Lines
  • Youngtown Barracks
  • Kakoda Barracks
  • Anglesea Barracks
  • Warrane Depot
  • Derwent Baracks
  • Patterson Barracks


Training Establishments

Defence Force School of Signals, Watsonia

Watsonia, VIC 3085

Located at Simpson Barracks close to Melbourne, provides training for technicians and operators of information, communication, and electronic warfare systems.

Puckapunyal Military Area, Puckapunyal

Puckapunyal, VIC 3662

A restricted-access military town and home to the Australian Army's School of Armour, School of Artillery, and elements of the School of Transport; along with the Combined Arms Training and Development Centre, the Joint Logistics Unit and transport squadrons.

Army Logistic Training Centre, Bandiana and Bonegilla

Bandiana and Bonegilla, VIC 3693

Located at Latchford Barracks, Bonegilla and Gaza Ridge Barracks, Bandiana, is home to the School of Logistical Operations, the School of Ordnance, elements of the School of Transport, the Army School of Health, and the Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

Reserve Units

  • Ranger Barracks
  • Maygar Barracks
  • Newland Barracks
  • Laverton Depot
  • Monegeetta
  • Oakleigh Barracks
  • Sandringham Depot
  • Sunshine Depot
  • Beersheba Barracks
  • Simpson Barracks
  • Horsham Depot
  • Gaza Ridge Barracks
  • Monash University Regiment
  • Battalion Headquarters
  • Melbourne University Regiment
  • Moonee Ponds Depot
  • Engineering Training Depot
  • Somme Barracks
  • Surrey Hills Depot
  • Tel El Eisa Barracks
  • Melbourne University Regiment
  • Kyneton Depot
  • Passchendaele Barracks
  • Dandenong Depot
  • Fort Gellibrand
  • Kiavivu Barracks
  • Newborough Depot
  • RAAF Base East Sale
  • Sargood Barracks
  • Messines Barracks
  • Bougainville Lines
  • Carlton Depot
  • Mount Waverley Depot


Major Bases

Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne

Swanbourne, WA 6010

Located in Swanbourne, a coastal suburb of Perth, and home to the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR); a special missions unit with unique capabilities within the Australian Defence Force.

Irwin Barracks, Karrakatta

Karrakatta, WA 6010

Located in Perth, home to the headquarters of the 13th Brigade and the Western Australian University Regiment. 13 Bde is a reserve brigade-level formation of the Australian Army, and provides individual and collective capabilities to support, sustain and reinforce Army’s Operational Force.

Taylor Barracks, Karratha

Karratha, WA 6714

Headquarters of the Pilbara Regiment, one of three Regional Force Surveillance Units conducting surveillance and reconnaissance of remote areas of northern Australia.

Reserve Units

  • Carpentaria Street Depot
  • Bunbury Depot
  • Leeuwin Barracks
  • Guilford Depot
  • Kalgoorlie Training Depot
  • Katanning Depot
  • Port Hedland Depot
  • Albany Depot
  • Carnarvon Depot
  • Exmouth Depot
  • Helena Valley Depot
  • Irwin Barracks
  • Newman Depot
  • Rockingham Depot
  • Broome Depot
  • Derby
  • Geraldton Training Barracks
  • Joondalup Depot
  • Taylor Barracks
  • Pannawonica Depot
  • Tom Price Depot


Training Establishments

Aviation Training Centre, Oakey

Oakey, QLD 4401

Provides officers and soldiers with practical on-the-job aviation training for roles such as Avionics Technician, Pilot and Groundcrewman Mission Support.

Kokoda Barracks, Canungra

Canungra, QLD 4275

Home to the Defence Force Intelligence Training Centre and the Army Land Warfare Centre, and located a short drive from the Gold Coast. This is where officers and soldiers in the Australian Army Intelligence Corps complete their Initial Employment Training, and all-corps training is conducted throughout all officer and soldier careers.

Major Bases

Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera

Enoggera, QLD 4071

One of Australia’s largest military bases and the headquarters of the 7th Brigade. The units at Enoggera include Armoured, Artillery, Engineer, Signals, Infantry, Medical and other Combat Service Support units.

Lavarack Barracks, Townsville

Townsville, QLD 4813

Home to the 3rd Brigade and 11th Brigade and one of the major military establishments in Northern Australia. Elements of the 3rd Brigade based at the Barracks include the 3rd Combat Signals Regiment, 3rd Combat Services Support Battalion and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Infantry Battalions of the Royal Australian Regiment.

RAAF Garbutt, Townsville

Townsville, QLD 4814

Home of 5th Aviation Regiment who are equipped with MRH-90, S-70A Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters.

Porton Barracks, Cairns

Edmonton, QLD 4869

Home of the headquarters of 51 FNQR, covering far north Queensland with regional depots from Cairns to Thursday Island.

Reserve Units

  • Atherton Depot
  • Biloela Depot
  • Caboolture Depot
  • Charters Towers Depot
  • Gallipoli Barracks
  • Gympie Depot
  • Longreach Depot
  • Loganlea Depot
  • Normanton Depot
  • Southport Depot
  • Thursday Island Depot
  • Warwick Depot
  • Yandina Depot
  • Loganlea Depot
  • Aurukun Depot
  • Bowen Depot
  • Edmonton Depot
  • Dalby Depot
  • Gatton Depot
  • Calendar Park
  • Komiatum Barracks
  • Mornington Island
  • Rockhampton Depot
  • Queensland University Regiment
  • Toowoomba Depot
  • Weipa Depot
  • 25/49 Battalion The Royal Queensland Regiment / 104 Const Squadron
  • Tsimba Ridge
  • Bundaberg Depot
  • Porton Barracks
  • Emerald Depot
  • Gladstone Depot
  • Ipswich Depot
  • Maryborough Depot
  • Mt Isa Depot
  • Roma Depot
  • Stanthorpe Depot
  • Lavarack Barracks
  • Wondai Depot
  • Greenbank Depot
Air Force

Air Force bases


Russell Offices

Russel, ACT 2600

The administrative headquarters of the Australian Defence Force and home of Air Force Headquarters.

Defence Establishment Fairbairn

Fairbairn, ACT 2609

Located at Canberra Airport, home to Air Force VIP transport operations.


RAAF Base Williamtown

Williamtown, NSW 2314

The Air Force's main fighter pilot training base and home to numerous squadrons of training, surveillance and fighter aircraft.

RAAF Base Richmond

Richmond, NSW 2753

Home to various intelligence and communication units, as well as our C-130J Hercules medium transport aircraft.

RAAF Base Glenbrook

Glenbrook, NSW 2773

Home to the headquarters of Air Command, providing an HQ function for major Air Force units and personnel.

RAAF Base Wagga

Wagga Wagga, NSW 2651

A major centre for technical and non-technical initial employment training and postgraduate training.

Defence Establishment Orchard Hills

Orchard Hills, NSW 2748

DEOH provides storage, maintenance and disposal of explosive ordnance along with ordnance training to meet Service capabilities.


RAAF Base Darwin

NT 0820

A major centre for technical and non-technical initial employment training and postgraduate training.

RAAF Base Tindal

Tindal, NT 0853

One of Australia's most important defence installations and home to F/A-18 Hornets.


RAAF Base Edinburgh

Edinburgh, SA 5111

Home to the AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft that conduct surveillance operations throughout Australian airspace.

RAAF Base Woomera

Woomera, SA 5720

The role of RAAF Base Woomera is to provide direct operational support to the activities conducted at the Woomera Range Complex.


RAAF Base East Sale

East Sale, VIC 3852

Home to several specialist training schools as well as the Roulettes aerobatic display team.

RAAF Williams

Laverton and Point Cook, VIC 3027

Includes Point Cook, the birthplace of the Air Force, and home to the RAAF Museum and Air Force Band.


RAAF Base Pearce

Bullbrook, WA 6084

A key pilot training base and home to PC-9/A trainer aircraft and Hawk 127 fighter trainer aircraft.

RAAF Curtin

Willare, WA 6728

Developed to secure the northern approaches to Australia by providing support for maritime, air and land operations.

RAAF Learmonth

Learmonth WA 6707

An RAAF 'bare base' designed to support operational and exercise deployments as required.


RAAF Base Townsville

Garbut, QLD 4814

Home to various squadrons and schools involved in areas such as contingency response, expeditionary health, security and combat survival.

RAAF Base Amberley

Amberley, QLD 4306

The Air Force's largest base, employing over 5,000 people working in training, contingency response, healthcare, communications and other areas.

RAAF Scherger

Mission River, QLD 4874

One of a series of strategic outposts, designed to be moved in to at short notice in the event of defence requirements or for exercises.