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Australian Defence Force University Sponsorship

The Defence University Sponsorship is the perfect way to make university life more manageable and provides you with the opportunity to make a difference with your Engineering or Health degree. They provide a range of benefits such as a salary while studying, remaining HELP and student fees paid, and other great benefits. While you're at university, you will enjoy a lifestyle similar to any other student. There are no significant military commitments during the university year, allowing you to focus on your studies.

Important dates

Opens: 1-07-2016 Closes: 1-12-2016

Applies to

Domestic Undergraduate


Amount: up to $43,266 whilst studying full time for accredited undergraduate degree
Frequency: per annum


  • A salary whilst studying
  • HELP and student fees
  • 18% Superannuation contribution
  • A text book allowance
  • Subsidised accommodation
  • Free health care (medical and dental)
  • A rewarding career as an officer the Navy, Army or Air Force

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility criteria

For full details on eligibility register on the Defence Jobs website.

Avenues of entry include

  • Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Environmental Health
  • Radiography
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pharmacy


  • Australian citizen

The ADF may grant waivers of citizenship if permanent residency is held.

Level of study

  • UG - Undergraduate bachelor courses

Year of study

  • Must have successfully completed 1st year of course

Applicant information

After graduation you are:

  • An Officer in the Navy, Army or Air Force
  • Guaranteed a job
  • A member of ADF

As Defence is investing in your education, you will be required to commit to a certain number of years in the Services. This will commence after you graduate from university. Your commitment to the ADF is the number of years you're sponsored, plus one year. For example, if you're sponsored for three years of study, you'll need to give back four years to the Navy, Army or Air Force. Note: there is a minimum requirement of three years. You may have some exposure to military training during your time at university, but it will be minimal, as we want you to focus on your studies.

Upon graduation, you will be guaranteed a job and practice in the profession you're qualified in. Alongside this, you'll receive fantastic training to become an officer in the Service of your choice. All of the training you receive in the Navy, Army or Air Force makes you highly employable both in the ADF and the civilian world. This truly is an amazing opportunity to join an organisation that makes a genuine difference to people's lives, in a position that offers endless leadership opportunities and a lifestyle unlike any other. And you will be well rewarded for your efforts too, with a starting salary package after graduation ranging from approximately $78,000 to $106,000 per year. Please note salary packages may vary according to each job.

More information

  • Visit the ADF Education website
  • Defence Jobs - Telephone Enquires 13 19 01

If you have further questions about the sponsorship or about life as an officer in the ADF, get in touch with a member from the Specialist Engineering or Health team via email or

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