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Australian Defence Force

Serving in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is a life like no other. This can make engaging with education in different environments challenging. We have extensive experience in providing training to current, transitioning and former ADF members.

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Applications open 01 January 2024 till 28 February 2024

Whether you're a serving, transitioning or former member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), professional development in your current role or a new career can be achieved with CDU.

As the NT's largest training provider, we can help you develop practical, job-ready skills. We offer many fee-exempt TAFE courses for eligible ADF members. 

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Whether you study online or on campus, you'll have a network of support services to help keep you on track.

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A university that understands your background and learning needs makes it easier to hit the ground running, with specialised support available before, during and after study.

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Frequently asked questions

I am a Defence member, what are my entitlements with CDU?

As a Northern Territory resident, currently, you are entitled to a Northern Territory Government supported course subsidy, however, it has limited supported places, therefore, you need to get your application in.

If you want to complete higher education, you are entitled to academic entry for over 50 courses if you have completed one year of service and at the rank of Private or equivalent.

What are the study entry requirements?

We welcome and celebrate unique paths to university, which is why we offer a range of non-traditional, flexible entry requirements. For most of our undergraduate degrees (bachelors/diplomas/associate degrees) you can apply on the basis of any one of the below:

  • ADF service of one or more years at the rank of Private E or higher.
  • An ATAR of 60 or higher.
  • A TAFE Certificate III or higher.
  • A Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).
  • Successfully completing at least one semester of full-time study for a university degree or diploma.
  • Successfully completing a university preparation course such as CDU’s Tertiary Enabling Program.
  • Your work or industry experience.
I have left the Defence force and I want to study, what am I entitled too?

As an ex-Defence member currently receiving veteran affairs benefits, or can provide evidence you are ex-serving Defence, you are entitled to a range of TAFE fee-exempt courses.

If you wish to complete higher education, CDU currently offers academic entry for over 50 courses ranging from Diplomas to Bachelors.

I am an ex-Defence member, what do I need to provide as evidence?

As an ex-Defence member and to be entitled to the TAFE fee-exempt courses you will need to provide the following:

  • Your white card or gold card.

If you are requesting to complete higher education, you will need to provide one of the following:

  • ADO service record.
  • Letter from your supervisor/personnel officer/commanding officer giving rank, length of service, and, if possible, occupation.
  • Certificate of Service which states rank on discharge and dates of service.
I am a Defence family member, what are my options to study at CDU?

We understand flexibility. Through flexible online learning options, we welcome Defence family members and offer courses from law, business, IT, environment, engineering, health and so much more, many with the option to study part-time or full-time and on campus or online from anywhere in Australia and swap between preferences as your situation changes.

As a family member, you are currently entitled to the NT Government-supported course subsidy, however it has limited support places, therefore you need to get your applications in.

I am a Defence member who is considering discharge, what are my entitlements, and can I obtain Recognition of Prior Learning?

You are entitled to take advantage of the CTAS (Career Transition Assistance Scheme) offered by the ADF, which is up to $5,320 (Speak to your Defence Admin or Transition coach for assistance).

Once you become a veteran/ex-serving member you are entitled to TAFE fee-exempt courses. We do offer RPL services, we can begin your RPL process before you leave the Defence Force to assist with any gaps in qualifications you may wish to pursue to obtain formal qualifications.

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