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.

Media Release

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Defence is looking for adult volunteers to lead and inspire young people as part of the Navy, Army and Air Force Cadets.

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

Find a resource

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Select this link to find out more about Defence’s youth policies and key youth documents.

Important Notice


Youth Policy Manual (YOUTHPOLMAN)

The Youth Policy Manual (YOUTHPOLMAN) Part 1 has undergone a significant review to meet the requirements of and align its policies and procedures with the Commonwealth Child Safety Framework and National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. The revised policies describe enterprise and individual level obligations to safeguard the health, protection and wellbeing of youth when they engage with Defence.

For anyone engaging with youth on behalf of Defence, it's important to understand how this affects your role. See the fact sheet for key changes and new terminology: Fact Sheet

Defence Response to COVID-19

Following the successful recommencement of the Defence Work Experience Program and ADF Cadets in 2020, it was demonstrated that the necessary safety measures and controls are in place to enable these activities to be conducted in a COVID-safe manner.

A body of work has been completed to ensure that future placements are planned with participant and Defence personnel safety in mind. As a result, a controlled recommencement and resumption of these activities has commenced ensuring all hygiene and social distancing standards are met. The changing requirements and guidelines for each state and territory are being closely monitored to ensure these activities are being conducted in a COVID-safe environment.

For more information on Defence's response to COVID-19 visit the Defence COVID-19 website.



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