All Day Events

All Day Events (09.00 - 16.00)

* Please note that events, displays and venues are subject to change. Some displays are also subject to cancellation due to weather.

All Day Events



Academy Racing Car (static display)

Learn how Midshipmen and Officer Cadets use their technical, management and leadership skills to design, build, test and race a Formula SAE racing car. This project requires goals to be set, goals to be translated into specifications, and then designs to be developed against those specifications. The designs are realised to create a fully functional racing car.

In front of Building 16

ADFA Band, Pipes and Drums

Musical ensembles from the ADFA Band (Jazz Group, String Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble and Pipes & Drums) will keep you entertained throughout the day in the vicinity of the Cafe.

Courtyard outside Café and Parade Ground

AIF Database-find your family in WW1

Call up an Anzac! Do you want to find out about a family member who served in the Great War? The AIF database is an online resource detailing the experience of some 340,000 members of the Australian Imperial Force who served overseas. The NZEF database will also be available for searching. On Open Day you can use the advanced search engine and see how many different sources have been integrated to produce the most comprehensive profile of the AIF available anywhere.


Air Force Balloon Meet with the Royal Australian Air Force Balloon crew and go on a tethered flight (weather permitting). AFL Oval
Air Force 1 Combat Communication Squadron Meet the Air Force unit responsible for providing tactical communications and information systems in support of operations and exercises. AFL Oval
Army Military Vehicle Display

Come and check out a variety of armoured military vehicles that the Australian Army use on operations.

Various locations around the campus.
Australia's Vietnam War Website Military historians Dr Bob Hall and Mr Derrill de Heer demonstrate a cutting edge website showing the combat operations of the 1st Australian Task Force in Vietnam. Library
Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship Scheme Find out about the Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship Scheme. Adams Auditorium Foyer
Defence Force Recruiting (DFR) Find out about how you can apply to become a Midshipmen or Officer Cadet at ADFA and the exciting career opportunities that await you. You can also talk about all jobs available and avenues of entry into ADF with current serving military members and how to apply. Dining room Academy Cadets Mess
Field Equipment and Weapons Display Come and see a range of weapons being used in front line combat and some of the field equipment used by ADFA Midshipmen and Officer Cadets during their training. WTSS Building
Inspection of Midshipmen and Officer Cadets Accommodation Come and have a look at where our Midshipmen and Officer Cadets live whilst at ADFA. Buildings 63, 66 and 69
Land Vehicle Systems Branch Land Vehicle Systems Branch will provide a variety of next generation protected mobility vehicles. Come and check out the new Army protected vehicles and talk to the drivers and operators to find out about their exciting careers and learn interesting facts about the protected vehicles. Concourse and Ceremonial Way
Naval Aviation Prospects Scheme (NAPS) Simulator Fly the NAPS Flight Emulators and test your skills in the sky. Adams Auditorium South
Navy Clearance Divers (static display) Meet Navy Clearance Divers and find out all about their exciting profession. Concourse
Navy Helicopters  Come and check out the Navy helicopters and talk to the pilots and crew members to find out about their exciting careers and learn interesting facts about the helicopters. AFL Oval
Navy Hydrographic and Meteorological Branch Display Meet the Navy’s Maritime Military Geospatial professionals. Hydrographic specialists are trained in capturing hydrographic Military Geospatial Information. See the portable survey equipment used to maximise tactical advantage during operations. Launch a weather balloon and learn how the environment plays a critical role in all military operations. See how submarines can use the temperature of the ocean to hide from ships, and how state of the art ocean and atmospheric modelling helps to determine the best times for amphibious landings. Concourse

Navy Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) Display

Jump in and check out the Navy Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat.


Naval Studies Group Display

Founded in May 2016, the Naval Studies Group (NSG) is part of the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS) at UNSW Canberra. The NSG's goal is to provide leadership in the study and understanding of Australian and global naval history. NSG will have a display in the academy library to showcase their podcast series and to provide information on their programs.


Special Forces Training Centre

Q & A with Special Operations Command staff on employment opportunities within Special Operations Command. Including selection processes for Commandos, SASR and SF Support Staff officers and enlisted.

Concourse - Military Theatre

Sports and Voluntary Extra Curricular Activities, Information Tents, Food Stalls and Demonstrations

Come and talk to Midshipmen and Officer Cadets about sports and extra curricular activities on offer at ADFA, watch various displays throughout the day and enjoy a variety of cuisines.

Various locations around the campus.

Submarine Recruitment Team

Meet members of Navy's Submarine Recruiting Team. Learn about the options for a career in submarines, how best to prepare yourself and how the Submarine Recruiting Team can help.

Academy Cadets Mess

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Display

On display in front of building 17 are examples of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) developed by staff and students at UNSW Canberra. Members of the team, which is primarily made up of Midshipmen, Officer Cadets and Advanced Students will be available to answer questions.

Outside Building 17

UNSW Canberra Admissions and Degree information Booths

Find out about the undergraduate degrees you can combine with an exciting career in the Australian Defence Force.

Adams Auditorium North

UNSW Canberra Interactive STEM Display

Our Science Technology Engineering Maths (STEM) display will feature Cool Aeronautics, F1 in Schools, Games 4 Health, Robogals, Space Base, Warman Design and Build Competition, Young Women in Engineering (YoWIE).

Lecture Theatre North

UNSW Canberra Special Collections

Rare books, manuscript materials and curated objects will be available for viewing in cabinets within the John Howard Reading Room in the Academy Library. Visitors can view some of the unique and extraordinary materials collected by the University in the areas of military and conflict history, Australian cultural history and recent political history.


Weapons Training Simulation System (WTSS)

Test your skills with the interactive weapons training simulation system. Minimum age is 15 and bookings are essential on the day.


WTSS Building

* Please note that events, displays and venues are subject to change. Some displays are also subject to cancellation due to weather.