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Connecting young people with opportunities of a lifetime

Department of Defence is pleased to offer a range of Youth Programs to young people. Please click the boxes below to access further information.

Defence Work Experience Program

The Defence Work Experience Program provides an opportunity to explore the range of job roles available within the Australian Defence Force and Australian Public Service.

Australian Navy Cadets

The Australian Navy Cadets is sponsored by the Royal Australian Navy and aims to build leadership and teamwork skills in young people through adventurous and exciting learning activities in a maritime environment.

Australian Army Cadets

The Australian Army Cadets (AAC) is a leading national youth development organisation, with the character and values of the Australian Army, founded on a strong community partnership, fostering and supporting an ongoing interest.

Australian Air Force Cadets

The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) is administered and sponsored by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and aims to teach valuable life skills by developing leadership, self-reliance, confidence, teamwork and communication.