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Australian Defence Force Sport

The ADF Sports Cell, in collaboration with the three Services, sets the strategic direction for sport in the ADF. This creates an environment for all ADF members to participate and benefit from sport as a competitor, coach or administrator, and recognises the inherent connections between sport, exercise, health and the overall wellbeing of ADF personnel.

Due to travel and health restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, events have been reduced over the past 12 months. The ADF Sports Cell continues to consider opportunities to recommence activities.

Sport in Defence

Sport in Defence can take many forms. There are various pathways that include participation in civilian sport through to representing your Service and the ADF at national and international levels. Each service has a Sports Council to manage their respective sports programs. At the ADF joint level, sport is managed by the ADF Sports Cell through three main programs:

Conventional Sports Program

The Conventional Sports Program is comprised of 29 ADF Sports Associations, with an estimated membership of 8,500 serving ADF personnel.

Each Association is managed by a committee similar to that of civilian sports associations. There are approximately 140 ADF Sports Association committee members.

The Associations build capacity, promote sport within the ADF and ensure that Sports Associations are appropriately meeting the needs of the ADF demographic now and into the future.

ADF Sports Associations normally conduct an Inter-Service carnival annually. Associations need to meet various criteria before being recognised as an ADF Sport

ADF Adaptive Sports Program

The ADF Adaptive Sport Program is a multi-sport program for wounded, injured or ill serving and former serving military personnel and includes both domestic and international events.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for serving and former serving ADF members interested in being considered for competitor positions in the 2022–23 Adaptive Sports Program are now open.

The closing date for these EOI is 30 September 2021.

Application forms and full details are available on this website:

Please note, the Australian team for Invictus Games the Hague 2022 is already selected, and is made up of members from the team who qualified for the postponed 2020 games. As a result, any EOI submitted will be for Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 in Germany, and other adaptive sport events in the lead up.

For further information please contact the ADF Adaptive Sport Program

Pacific Sport Program

Sport is a key aspect of enhancing our relationships in the south-west Pacific, and offers opportunities to reinforce our people-to-people connections. Through planning and coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Pacific Sports Program delivers quality sports engagements that increase the capacity and capability of our regional partners.

For further information on the DFAT program please visit- DFAT - PacificAus Sports

Due to COVID these programs have been run on a ‘virtual basis’ through 2020–21.