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ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills

ADF ARRTS Program applications now open

The ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (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 next program will run from 9 May to 4 June, 2021 in a uniform-free, rank-free and COVID-safe environment 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.

Applications close 5 April 2021.

Application forms and full details are available on this website:

For further information, please email ADF.ARRTS@defence.gov.au or ring: (02) 6127 6505.

The second ADF ARRTS Program for 2021 will run from 31 October to 26 November 2021 with applications closing on 27 September 2021.

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.