Defence Force Academy Open Day VIP competition returns

The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is encouraging young Australians to discover their personal leadership style, with the return of the ADFA Open Day VIP competition.

The competition aims to attract young Australians interested in gaining military and leadership training while receiving an undergraduate degree in in the fields of arts, business, science, engineering and technology from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). 

Now in its fourth year, the competition offers three entrants the chance to win a two-day trip to Australia’s only Tri-Service academic and military training establishment.

Open to everyone aged 16 to 22, the competition requires entrants to complete a short quiz to determine their leadership style and explain in 50 words or less, via an online form, why they would be a great future leader.

Brigadier Cheryl Pearce said it was a privilege to be able to give prospective trainee officers, who demonstrate promising leadership potential, the opportunity to immerse themselves for two days at ADFA and consider joining the Australian Defence Force through the Academy.

“The ADFA Open Day competition allows young Australians the opportunity to discover what the Academy can offer as a pathway to a diverse range of military careers, with a world-class education,” she said.

“This is their first step towards a future career as a leader within the Australian Defence Force, and beyond.”

The winners will receive return flights to Canberra, two nights’ accommodation at a four-star hotel, a merchandise pack and the chance to take part in a range of exclusive activities at the ADFA Open Day on August 25, 2018.

Ten runners up will also receive an ADFA merchandise pack.

ADFA Open Day attendees will have the opportunity to browse military displays and learn more about the Navy, Army and Air Force, watch aerial displays featuring military aircrafts, experience a helicopter simulation, witness an armoured personnel carrier section assault, and receive invaluable course information and career advice from ADF personnel and UNSW staff.

Entries for the ADFA Open Day VIP Experience competition are now open and close July 19 and winners will be contacted at the end of the month.

For further information about the competition, visit