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Australian Defence Force Academy

A Word to Parents from the Commandant

The Australian Defence Force Academy has a long and proud history of delivering world class education to the future leaders of the Australian Defence Force. While at ADFA, your sons and daughters will gain a world-class university education and foundation military training that will ensure they graduate with the knowledge and skills to be exemplary junior leaders.

I see success as having every trainee officer who starts at ADFA graduate within their three years. I aim to achieve this by creating an environment in which they can be nurtured and guided to reach their potential as we prepare our midshipmen and officer cadets to operate in complex, uncertain and ever-changing environments.

ADFA is not meant to be easy, but I recognise the need for a balance of academic study, military subjects, sport and recreational activities, as well as free time for our midshipmen and officer cadets. To ensure they can achieve this successfully ADFA offers various support mechanisms, bolstered by staff support and mentoring programs. I will do my utmost to ensure your sons or daughters are in a safe environment. The Academy is committed to taking all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our young people and we are active participants in the Defence Youth Safety Framework and take our responsibilities very seriously. We want our young leaders to feel safe and secure and to succeed.

Finally, I look forward to welcoming you to ADFA for a number of events throughout each year, including Chief of the Defence Force Parade; ADFA Open Day and the Graduation Parade. This is your opportunity to visit us and celebrate the hard work and significant milestones of our midshipmen and officer cadets.

Commodore Peter James Leavy, CSM, RAN

Commandant, Australian Defence Force Academy

ADFA function for cadets and parents