The 2012 series of the DEFENCE2020 Youth Challenge program is now complete. 10 cities around Australia hosted the program in 2012 with record number of schools and students attending.

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News Archive

  • 10/11/2011 Defence 2020 National Youth Challenge 2011
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  • 10/11/2011 Defence 2020 Youth Challenge Series 2011
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  • 19/05/2011 Defence 2020 Youth Challenges Under Way
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  • 20/04/2011 Gearing Up for Defence 2020 Youth Challenges in 2011
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  • 01/12/2009 Indigenous Youth Challenge, Katherine - Series 2009
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  • 17/09/2009 Defence 2020 National Youth Challenge, Canberra - Series 2009
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  • 28/07/2009 Defence 2020 Youth Challenge Series 2009 Now Complete
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  • 05/12/2008 Defence 2020 National Youth Challenge, Canberra
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  • 20/11/2008 Defence 2020 Civics and Citizenship National Youth Challenge
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  • 06/11/2008 2008 Challenges complete
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Teacher's Guide

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DEFENCE 2020 was a multi-faceted education program designed to encourage young Australians to become informed about the role of Australia's Defence Force and to engage in constructive dialogue on a wide range of Defence related issues such as national security and our rights and responsibilities as global citizens.

What does being a good citizen have to do with Defence?
What are our core Australian values and how are they relevant to our Defence forces?
How do our Defence forces uphold these values both at home and abroad?
How can the work and values of our Defence forces inspire our younger generation?

These are the types of questions that can be explored in the second stage of the Defence 2020 education program that will be available in every Australian secondary school.

On this site you will be able to:

  • Discover how our Defence forces work as a community and with other communities both at home and abroad
  • Explore the decision maker interactives to test yourself - are you a good decision maker?
  • Explore how our Defence forces promote the core values that underpin our nation's cultural image through educational material related to defence issues
  • Discover the work done by students who investigated past and present individuals or groups who have served, or are currently serving, our nation with distinction
  • View the Teacher Guide to the interactive learning modules on this website.

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ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership & Teamwork Awards

 ADF LogoThe ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards are available annually to every school in Australia with students in Years 10 or 12. They are awarded to recognise students who demonstrate leadership, teamwork and a commitment to service within both the school and the broader local community. Year 10 winners receive $250 and Year 12 winners receive $550.
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