Defence Youth Program

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Find out more about Defence’s exciting Youth development initiatives.

Defence Youth Safety Framework

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Learn more about Defence's role in shaping the values and principles in Australian society.

One Cadet

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Discover the One Cadet governance, systems, and processes

Contact Us

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How to Contact and about Youth HQ

Important Notice

Following the successful outcome of two pilot Cadet activities during July 2020, in the Northern Territory and South Australia, it was demonstrated that the necessary safety measures and controls can be put in place to enable Cadet activities to be conducted in a COVID safe manner. As a result, a controlled recommencement and resumption of ADF Cadet activities has commenced and all units have ensured hygiene and social distancing standards are met and have a process of briefing cadets and parents on their obligations.

The changing requirements and guidelines for each State and Territory are being closely monitored to ensure all activities are being conducted in a COVID safe environment. As such, the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Victoria has resulted in all Cadet activities in Victoria being placed on hold. Long term planning for activities continues for some ADF Cadet activity camps in the school holiday periods, however a final decision on conducting the camps will be determined closer to the date.

The priority for the Cadet programs is the safety of our cadets and volunteers. The patience and professionalism displayed by all those involved in the Cadet programs has, and continues to be, exemplary.


Students gain insights into Defence career

The Defence Work Experience Program is up and running again, with three Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology students getting a taste of life in Defence’s Land Engineering Agency (LEA). The pro...

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