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Australian Defence Force Academy

Support Services

Foster Family Scheme

During the first few weeks, officer cadets and midshipmen from outside the Australian Capital Territory are invited to join the Foster Family Scheme. This scheme will introduce them to serving and retired military Officers and Warrant Officers living locally who will provide a home-away-from-home environment to assist in the settling-in process.


There are three Chaplains at the Academy representing the Navy, Army and Air Force. They cater for the needs of all military personnel at the Academy, as well as those living and working within the local area.

Spiritual and personal development is encouraged at the Academy, and the Chaplains seek to engage with cadets and staff in a proactive manner both on campus, and in a variety of single Service, field training and leisure environments. They provide a confidential pastoral counseling service both during the working day and out of hours.

As part of the Military Training Program, Chaplains conduct classes for all ADFA Trainee Officers in Character and Leadership Development. They also support and foster participation in religious groups and services both within the Academy and the local community.


The Psychology and Counseling Service at the Academy is a resource available to all trainees and military staff. Each of the psychologists at the Academy is fully qualified with extensive experience working with Service personnel.

The ADFA Psychologists provide assistance with personal counseling for difficulties such as adjusting to the Academy; making the transition from school to university level study; stress management, relationship counseling, emotional difficulties and vocational advice.

The ADFA psychologists also provide assistance to officer cadets and midshipmen when they are referred by a staff member.


The University of New South Wales also provides a range of academic support services for officer cadets and midshipmen.

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Church Service