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ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills

ADF ARRTS Program - 30 October to 25 November 2022

The ADF ARRTS Program is an engaging four-week residential program that helps to build confidence and resilience in people who are experiencing health and wellbeing challenges related to service in the ADF, ACT Emergency Services, and the Australian Federal Police.

It is open to currently serving and transitioning personnel, as well as to Reservists and DVA veterans.

The ADF ARRTS Program is a uniform-free, rank-free and COVID-safe environment conducted at the University of Canberra.

Training and mentoring will be provided by supportive arts practitioners in three streams: visual arts, music/rhythm, and creative writing.

No previous experience in the arts is needed, and the cost of travel, accommodation, and allowances, as well as program associated costs, will be covered by ARRTS for all eligible applicants.

The application period opens Monday 15 August and closes Monday 26 September 2022.

Application forms and full details are available on this website:

Please note that all ADF ARRTS programs will follow CDF/SEC COVID-19 Directives and be conducted in accordance with Commonwealth, State, and Territory health advice.



The entire Music and Rhythm crew perform their original song 'Shining Through' at the ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) Program’s Showcase evening which was held at the University of Canberra.



Allara Payne sings 'My Medicine' onstage during the ADF ARRTS Program’s Showcase evening.



Royal Australian Air Force airman Squadron Leader David Wilkinson works on a creative writing piece during the ADF ARRTS Program.



Australian Army soldier Gunner Arcane Mago performs 'Man Of Sorrows' onstage during the ADF ARRTS Program’s Showcase evening.



The Governor-General, His Excellency General David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), speaking with Ken Eccles of the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) at the ADF ARRTS Program.



Australian Army soldier Signaller Stuart Burns shows off his typography skills during the ADF ARRTS Program.



Petty Officer Jolene Garvie of the Royal Australian Navy sings 'Creep' during the ADF ARRTS Program’s Showcase evening.



Australian Army soldier Private Matthew Ward speaking with Her Excellency, Mrs Linda Hurley, at the ADF ARRTS Program.



Australian Army officer Lieutenant Colonel Eraine McArthur reads her written piece 'Exhilarate' during the ADF ARRTS Program’s Showcase evening.