UNSW Canberra is the Canberra campus of The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and is located at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). UNSW Canberra has provided high quality undergraduate and postgraduate education to the Australian Defence Force at ADFA since the Academy opened in 1986. The 2009 Agreement between UNSW and the Commonwealth states:
The primary aim of academic studies at ADFA is to provide midshipmen and officer cadets with a balanced and liberal undergraduate education, with a view to establishing the foundation of tertiary knowledge, skills and aptitudes that is required of them in their military profession. These studies occur in a military environment. A second aim is to instil in Defence sponsored students the higher-order critical and analytical thinking skills, research and problem solving abilities, and communication skills needed to enable them to operate effectively in an increasingly complex Defence environment.
The Academy provides tertiary education and military training for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Undergraduate students are mostly all midshipmen of the Royal Australian Navy and officer cadets of the Australian Regular Army or of the Royal Australian Air Force, who are in residence at the Academy. In addition to their academic studies, these midshipmen and officer cadets undertake programs of military training at the Academy and at Service training establishments around Australia.