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Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program

2022 VCDF Welcome Message

Welcome to the 2022 Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program (ADFPP). It is an honour to be presenting this program in conjunction with my co-sponsor the Honourable Andrew Gee MP, our Minister for Defence Personnel. This is my fourth year providing oversight of the ADFPP, and I find myself reflecting on how well the program has enabled parliamentarians and the Australian Defence Force to understand one another.

COVID restrictions over the past two years have presented a number of challenges to program scheduling and the ability of parliamentarians to make themselves available to participate in the program. Nevertheless, the 2021 program managed to maintain a healthy participation rate, with 28 parliamentarians participating in 16 separate activities.

The program performs a valuable role in building mutual understanding between Australian Defence Force personnel, Senators and Members of Parliament. Since its inauguration in 2001, the success of the program has been built on offering you a unique opportunity to engage first hand with the men and women of the ADF, be it on operations, training and exercises, humanitarian operations or Defence Assistance to the Civil Community tasks.

The growing number of repeat participants over successive years and the personal testimonies from past participants highlights the popularity of this program amongst parliamentarians. When combined with the positive feedback received from the men and women of the Australian Defence Force who have helped deliver the ADFPP or who have participated in the Parliamentary Exchange, I am confident that we have the right formula for the program.

The suite of attachments on offer for 2022 continue to present excellent opportunities to experience the Australian Defence Force undertaking its many roles, including domestic operations, major exercises, and training in Australia and the Indo Pacific region. With the inclusion of Exercise RIMPAC providing an opportunity to experience the interoperability between our coalition forces at sea and Indo Pacific Endeavour conducting a range of traditional military activities as well as regional engagement in South East Asia and Northeast Indian Ocean.

Closer to home within Australia, you have the option to ride aboard ships and submarines, experience protected mobility and armoured fighting vehicles in the field, board a flight in a strategic air lift aircraft, or take the controls of a fast jet simulator flight. The program also provides opportunities to gain an insight into Defence's cyber capabilities as well as a range of shorter one or two day activities.

On behalf-of the Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC, I wish you a very warm welcome to the 2022 ADFPP. Regardless of which activity you select, I am confident that the experience will provide you with beneficial insights into the ADF. I have no doubt you will find it an exciting and rewarding experience whether it be your first, second or tenth attachment. I look forward to meeting with you during the course of the year to hear firsthand of your experience.

Vice Admiral David Johnston AO RAN

Vice Chief of the Defence Force

This page was last updated 10th January 2022.