Australian Defence Force Academy Graduates Association
Academy Graduates Association
Copyright. Australian Defence Force Academy Graduates Association Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
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:
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'
'Guardians of the Country: In death they know new life'
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: http://www.everydayhero.com.au/neil_mccallum
The following companies are supporting Neil's efforts:
A fundraising raffle/auction of donations given from supporters will be held at the ADFA Sports Awards Night on 13 Oct.
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.
* * *
ADFA Newsletter: Download PDF
* * *
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
Conspicuous Service Cross
Conspicuous Service Medal
Congratulations to all.
* * *
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.
* * *
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.
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.
* * *
* * *
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 2nd Edition - Mar 2011 (1.2MB)