UNSW Canberra – ADFA

About UNSW Canberra – ADFA

At UNSW Canberra, all undergraduate students must be either: 

  • trainee officers employed by the Australian Defence Force.
  • Defence Force personnel applying for entry through service commissioning schemes
  • recipients of the Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship (DCUS) enrolling in B Engineering (Honours) (Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical or Mechanical) and B Computing and Cyber Security programs 
  • non-Defence students enrolling in B Engineering (Honours) (Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical) or B Engineering (Honours)/B Science double degree programs.

Acceptance and enrolment

Undergraduate applicants


You will receive details of acceptance and enrolment procedures with your UAC offer. Failure to follow the outlined procedures will result in your offer lapsing. Full details regarding acceptance and enrolment will be available from October — visit UNSW’s website.


If you have already completed some tertiary study, you may be entitled to credit for relevant subjects. UNSW Canberra - ADFA does not determine credit transfer until an offer of admission has been made and accepted. 


Course deferment may be granted by Defence Force Recruiting in special circumstances. 

To find out more, visit UNSW Canberra's website.

Campus information


The Canberra campus of the University of New South Wales is located at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). ADFA is located in an Australian bushland setting less than five kilometres from the city centre. 

To find out more, visit UNSW Canberra's website

Student and campus services

UNSW Canberra has a range of student support services. These include counselling, equity and diversity support, Academy Library, academic assistance and learning support, and employment and career advice. Campus facilities include a café, banks, gymnasium and swimming pool, bookshop and hairdresser.  

The University supports a variety of student organisations, clubs and societies for students to become involved in campus life.

UNSW has dedicated support services for students with disabilities and special needs. To find out more, visit the UNSW website.

To find out more about UNSW Canberra's student and campus services, visit the UNSW Canberra website

Fees and charges

Undergraduate applicants


Trainee Officer and DCUS student fees are covered under the contract between UNSW and the Commonwealth (ADF).


Non-Defence students must pay student contributions for a Commonwealth-supported place (CSP). To find out more about course fees, visit the UNSW Canberra website.

Student Services and Amenities Fee

In addition, all non-Defence students are also required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2019 these were:

  • full-time students – $151.50 per half year ($303 annually)
  • part-time students – $113.60 per half year ($227.20 annually).

To find out more about the SSAF, visit the UNSW website