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First state move to Defence Academy site

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Another stage in the establishment of the

Australian Defence Force Academy will take place on

September 20 when members of the Academy Secretariat · ·

occupy "on site" premises on Northcott Drive, Campbell, ACT.

The Academy Secretariat and personnel from the

Department of Defence and Department of Transport and

Construction will move from their present offices to the

recently completed Academy stores building.

Announcing the move today, the Minister for

Defence, Mr Ian Sinclair, said it represented a significant

step towards the Academy's opening in January 1986.

Mr Sinclair said that considerable progress had

been made on the building of the Academy since construction

work began in December 1980.

As well as the completion of the stores buildings

and some siteworks, construction had begun on cadet

accommodation, the library and sports fields and parade

grounds. In addition, a number of buildings were currently

out to tender, including the administration and military

buildings, assembly hall, computer buildings and the indoor

sports complex. .

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The Academy eventually will accommodate about

1200 male and female students, including cadets from

overseas countries, officer undergraduates and officer


Academy officer cadets will be recruited by the

individual Services, as at_present, and will complete a full

program of military training during each year at the


High school students now in years 8 and 9 will

be eligible for entry to the Academy when it opens in 1986.

Students attending the Academy will study for .

first and higher degrees in arts, science, and engineering.

An agreement under which the University of New

South Wales will accept responsibility for the academic

integrity of the Academy was signed in Canberra last year.

The Academy has two basic aims: to provide

military education and training of officer cadets and to

provide, in a military environment, a balanced and liberal

university education as a foundation for officers' careers

in the Defence Force.


Ministerial: Mr Geoffrey Hole 02 241 1651

062 72 7576

Departmental: Mr Noel Tanswell 65 2694 (Direct)

' 65 2999 (Switchboard)

48 0476 (After Hours)