Dates, locations and venues

Date Location Venue
19/04/10 Townsville Rydges Southbank
20/04/10 Brisbane Hotel Grand Chancellor
21/04/10 Gold Coast Bond University
28/04/10 Parramatta Northcott Conference Centre
29/04/10 Canberra The Hellenic Club of Canberra, Woden
30/04/10 Wagga Wagga RSL Wagga Wagga
03/05/10 Geelong Geelong Conference Centre
04/05/10 Melbourne Jasper Hotel Conference Centre
06/05/10 Hobart Woolstore Conference Centre
07/05/10 Launceston Tramshed Conference Centre
04/06/10 Alice Springs Chifley Conference Centre
07/06/10 Katherine RAAF Base Tindal
08/06/10 Darwin RAAF Base, Darwin
10/06/10 Adelaide Mawson Lake Hotel, Conference Centre
28/06/10 Albany The Dog Rock Motel
29/06/10 Perth Alexander Theatre, State Library WA
Defence 2020 Kit

Is the Spirit of ANZAC relevant to the ADF and society today?


We have just concluded the 2010 DEFENCE 2020 Youth Challenge program. Fifteen Youth Challenges were held from April through June in all states and territories throughout Australia. The Defence 2020 team look forward to the National Youth Challenge later in the year.

The 2010 Challenge program brought together young Australians, politicians, ADF personnel (many with recent peacekeeping experience) and community representatives to explore many of the issues surrounding defence and Australia’s future.

The special theme for 2010 was DEFENCE 2020 - Is the Spirit of ANZAC relevant to the ADF today? This theme was chosen to coincide with the 95th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign, and proved very popular.

Some 150 secondary schools participated in the program and many of the capital city events were over subscribed. We apologise to those schools that missed out. Hopefully you can be involved in 2011.

More than 91% of participants in 2010 rated this year's program Excellent/Very Good which is a fantastic result.

The Defence 2020 team enjoy staging the programs, meeting young Australians, putting them together with the many wonderful ADF representatives and seeing how enthusiastically everyone responds to the challenges on the day.

Three individual assessments of the 2010 program cover it all:

ADF member, Perth
This is the first time I have been involved in the D2020 Youth Challenge and I found it very rewarding. Not only was I impressed with the concepts behind the Challenge, making youth of today understand and get a better appreciation of the role of the Australian Defence Force, together with the less obvious side-bar hopeful of recruitment, I was surprised at the effect it had on myself personally.

We take our role in the Defence Force in our stride as that is our chosen profession, however when we are forced to stop and articulate that role and responsibility, I was awoken with renewed sense of pride as I realised that what we take in our stride and accept as our duty is quite remarkable and very important in today's community.

The youth representing their High Schools were quite remarkable in the enthusiasm in which they undertook their tasks and it was encouraging to see them take an interest in the ADF.

The Presenters and facilitators were very skilled and entertaining. They invoked thought, emotion and provided balance throughout the day — I was very impressed.

Thank you for the opportunity to participate and I'd be a willing volunteer for further likewise projects.

Student, Launceston
The best thing about the day was learning and gaining knowledge of the past and present, involving things that impact on our lives, in an environment that was challenging and unfamiliar to us. We learned that the ANZAC spirit lives on. It was great to know that ADF personnel are light-hearted and funny and are passionate about what they do. Mixing with new people was also terrific.

Teacher, Albany
I was impressed. There was an awareness of the importance and value of the ANZAC spirit — values that have developed over time that are still displayed in our ADF and wider Australian society. It was fantastic for young Australians to take from the past to ensure our future.

This program is an example of ‘best practice’ in teaching. The day was structured with engaging and creative activities that carefully scaffolded students through the steps of inquiry learning to engage everyone irrespective of background and learning abilities. All teachers should attend one of these days!

We hope that many of you will enter the National Participation Task.

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Overview of the 2010 Program

Each Youth Challenge is a whole-day program commencing at 9.00am and ending at 2.45pm.

Prior to coming to the Challenge students are sent some pre-Challenge reading to help them prepare for the day so that they can make an informed and active contribution.

Through the program students have the chance to:

> Study a video to decide if modern ADF members show the spirit of ANZAC in their behaviour and activities
> Interact with a multimedia decision-making presentation to learn decision-making and implementation skills and see that their choices have consequences – Can you overcome the hidden traps and dangers to find the mysterious 'Spirit of ANZAC'?
> Meet the Minister or his representative and some of Australia’s peacekeepers to ask questions and find out first hand a variety of experiences, especially the role of peacekeeping
> Workshop their response to the video hypothetical with fellow students and community representatives
> Role-play their findings and demonstrate the civics and citizenship processes they went through to reach their conclusions
> Win prizes for their performances and receive certificates of participation
Find out more about the ‘Spirit of ANZAC’ Participation Task that will qualify the winners to represent the youth of Australia at the National Youth Challenge to be held in Canberra during September 2010.

Teacher Participation

Each year we invite a teacher from each school to attend the Youth Challenge. Through the provision of resource materials and involvement in the civics and citizenship processes, teachers have the opportunity to enhance their skills and implement a similar program (whether defence related or not) in their own classrooms and local communities.

Teachers are also presented with their own copy of the educational resource kit DEFENCE 2020: Is the Australian Defence Force a Responsible Citizen?

We urge you to involve your school in the DEFENCE 2020 Youth Challenge Program. It is a very valuable opportunity for your teachers and students to represent their school and local community in a lively, exciting and very important educational program that focuses on Australia’s future.

For further information about the program and curriculum units in STUDIES Magazine please go to links and resources.

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YC 2010 Galleries & Individual Evaluations

Select from the links below to see photos from each of the Youth Challenges in 2010.

Townsville Brisbane goldcoast
Parramatta Canberra Wagga Wagga
Geelong Melbourne hobart
launceston Katherine Darwin
Adelaide Albany Perth


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DEFENCE 2020 National Youth Challenge 2010

The 2010 series of the DEFENCE 2020 - Is the Spirit of ANZAC relevant to the ADF and Australian society today? - concluded with the National Youth Challenge in Canberra on 22nd September 2010. Please follow the links below to view latest news article, the Participation Task entries from the winning students and a photo gallery of the day.

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ADF Long Tan Leadership & Teamwork Awards

 ADF LogoThe ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards are available annually to every school in Australia with students in Years 10, 11 or 12. They are awarded to recognise students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within both the school and the broader local community. Year 10 winners receive $100, Year 11 winners receive $250 and Year 12 winners receive $500.
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