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Welcome to the AGA

Welcome to the web site of the Australian Defence Force Academy Graduates Association.

The AGA is the alumni association for graduates of ADFA, Australia's tri-service military university in Canberra.

According to the Association's constitution, The objects of the Association are as follows:

  • to foster camaraderie among Graduates of the Australian Defence Force Academy;

  • to promote wider community interest in the ideals, objectives and history of the Australian Defence Force Academy by association with service and civilian organisations;

  • to provide information and services to Graduates, cadets and other agencies deemed appropriate by the Association; and

  • to support other activities in the general interest of the membership of the Association and the Australian Defence Force Academy in keeping with the spirit of the above objectives.

All graduates of the Academy and selected associates can join the Association free of charge.  If you are a graduate and you would like to join, or if you would like to apply for associate membership, click here.


ADFA Page of Remembrance

'Their past speaking to our present'
Academy members who died while at the Academy
Memorial Wall - (overlooking the Academy parade ground)
Dedicated Monday 23 May 2011

'Guardians of the Country: In death they know new life'
Roll of Honour
Memorial Wall - (located in the Academy Cadets Mess)
Dedicated Friday 24 August 2001

AGA News

ADFA News: 'The Academy' Magazine 2012 (2nd Ed.)

Read it now (PDF, 2.2MB)


AFDA PTI aims to raise $60K for Legacy

Neil McCallum is a member of the Australian Defence Force (Army) currently based at the Australian Defence Force Academy as the Warrant Officer for Physical Training. Neil has taken on the challenge to raise $60,000 for Legacy; a 24 Hour Solo ride around Lake Burley Griffin; starting 1100h on the 10 Nov 2012 & finishing 1100h on the 11 Nov 2012 at the War Memorial Remembrance Day Service.

Make a donation:

The following companies are supporting Neil's efforts:

  • ADCU
  • Navy Health
  • AY UP - Lights
  • ONYABike
  • Accelerate - Nutrition
  • Adidas - Sun Glasses
  • Lazer - Helmets
  • Pure Sport - Nutrition Champion System Australia - Cycling attire
  • Defence Health

A fundraising raffle/auction of donations given from supporters will be held at the ADFA Sports Awards Night on 13 Oct.

About Neil

Neil enlisted in the British Army in 1983 & discharged at the end of 24 years of service to join the Australian Army in 2007 as a Physical Training Instructor.

With a background in boxing, Neil was British Ranked No 1 Bantam Weight, representing England as boxer, coach & official. Furthermore, he was a member of the Barcelona 1992 British Olympic Squad. Since retiring from the boxing ring, Neil continued his sporting career as a marathon and cross-country runner, eventually taking up cycling.

In 2002 Neil was appointed by the Queen as An Ordinary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Queens New Years Honours List.

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ADFA Newsletter: Download PDF

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Queen's Birthday Honours List

The full list of ADFA Graduates in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List is as follows:

Distinguished Service Medal
Captain Fabian Ronald Harrison, DSM (04-06)

Conspicuous Service Cross
Lieutenant Colonel Susan May Coyle, CSC (89-91)
Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Robert Smith, CSC (91-94)
Wing Commander Glen Edward Braz, CSC (87-89)
Major Brendan Kellaway, CSC (94-96)

Conspicuous Service Medal
Colonel Shaun Justin Love, CSM (87-89)

Congratulations to all.

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ADFA Redevelopment - ADFA Graduates Association Submission

The Public Works Committee is conducting an inquiry into the proposed Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) redevelopment in Canberra, ACT. The Defence submission proposes $98.5 million works be undertaken to redevelop and refurbish the existing ADFA site. The Defence submission outlines that the purpose of the project is to provide modern and high quality facilities to meet the needs for preparing the current and future leaders of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Major points include: the provision of new teaching space; refurbishment of some existing teaching areas, Cadets' Mess, and accommodation areas; replacement of Adams Hall and new indoor sports centre.

The Public Works Committee has called for submissions and is conducting a public hearing to ensure the proposed works meet the needs of ADFA and represent value for money for the Commonwealth. Pending Parliamentary approval, the works will start at the end of 2011 with completion due in 2014.

The ADFA Graduates Association (AGA), which is an independent alumni association graduates of ADFA, provides this submission on the proposed redevelopment of ADFA.

View the full submission document: PDF (68KB)

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The biannual ADFA Graduates Association (AGA) Breakfast was held on 15 April 2011 in the Russell Offices Officer's Mess. The AGA was delighted to welcome the guest speaker Professor Mick Dodson AM, 2009 Australian of the Year and a wide range of attendees, including the Chief of the Army, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie AC DSC CSM, senior representatives from KPMG who have been strong supporters of the AGA, members of the Podmore Foundation along with Mia Hodges - the first recipient of of the AGA/Podmore scholarship, and a wide range of ADFA graduates.

Guest Speaker Professor Mick Dodson

Guest speaker, Professor Mick Dodson

Professor Dodson is a member of the Yawuru peoples, the traditional Aboriginal owners of land and waters in the Broome area of the southern Kimberley region of Western Australia. He is currently Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University and is a Professor of Law at the ANU College of Law. During his address he emphasised that he believed that to close the gap in indigenous issues, many walls, metaphorical and material, needed to be torn down. He said education was the key to addressing this well-documented gap.

For the many Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) graduates who were present, the biannual AGA Breakfast was also about raising funds for the AGA-Podmore Scholarship. This $5000 scholarship has provided Mia Hodges the opportunity to receive an education at Canberra Girls Grammar School. But more will be needed to keep giving Mia and other children similar opportunities in order to achieve Professor Dodson's vision.

The AGA Breakfast raised over $800 for the scholarship and marked the continuing drive of the AGA to connect graduates and build communities. The AGA will use the 2011 City to Surf as the next major event to raise funds. The AGA Chair, Mr Steve Rohan-Jones, issued a challenge to both graduates and current ADFA cadets to sign up for the event, "Let's see who can raise the most funds for Mia", he said, "We reckon the current cadets may be quicker but we can contribute more!"

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Hi Graduates,

Things are moving quickly. This morning we raised $800 for Mia Hodges, the AGA-Podmore Scholarship holder.

Please view what the Chief of the Army had to say on the matter at RMC recently: Interview (Footage courtesy of Australian Associated Press). The Chief attended the scholarship fund raising breakfast this morning.

Thanks for the overwhelming response from female grads to speak out on their experiences.

Keep your eyes out and your ears open for AGA responses and contributions to the issue.

All contributions and comments are welcome.

Steve Rohan-Jones
AGA Chair (89)

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The Academy Graduates Association Committee has been closely following the media commentary regarding the "Skype" incident that occurred at ADFA with great concern. The file linked below is a copy of an article that was published in The Canberra Times on Saturday which was the result of an interview with the Chairman of AGA. While we don't know the full details surrounding the incident and nor should we, we are of the firm opinion that this is an isolated incident, and the continued media speculation only serves to tarnish the excellent reputation of all those people who have attended this institution.

Canberra Times article - 9/04/2011 (114KB) - Right-click and Save As to download

This represents our view on this matter and we welcome any feedback. Please send all feedback to the AGA Committee.

First Edition of the AGA Newsletter

Welcome to the First Edition of the AGA Newsletter. Many thanks to Simon Ottaviano (88) for his initiative and willingness to be the Editor. In our first edition for the month of Movember, we are pleased to feature Adam Garone (91) co-founder and Global CEO of Movember!

Download 1st Edition - Nov 2010 (1MB)

Download 2nd Edition - Mar 2011 (1.2MB)


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