Australia – Students receive Defence technical experience


The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel, Alan Griffin, has today congratulated selected Defence Technical Scholarship recipients who have completed a four-day Defence experience.

Mr Griffin said, “Forty Year 11 students and 10 school career guidance counsellors and teachers from all across Australia visited Australian Defence Force and Defence industry sites in Wagga Wagga, Bandiana and HMAS Cerberus at Crib Point in Victoria.

“These students and teachers have taken time out of their school holidays to see first-hand the technical trade career opportunities available to them in the Navy, Army and Air Force.

“They visited each of the Navy, Army and Air Force technical trade training schools as well as their respective recruit training schools.

“They have had a taste of what Defence bases, equipment and lifestyle are really like and to ask questions of Defence personnel already doing these jobs to discover if this is the job for them.

“These Defence experiences can only help these students further their technical trade career goals, be that with the Australian Defence Force or elsewhere,” Mr Griffin said.

The Defence Technical Scholarships are part of the Government’s $71 million Technical Trades Strategy with funding allocated across 10 years to assist in attracting and recruiting more people to critical technical trade careers in the Australian Defence Force.

Defence Technical Scholarship recipients are under no obligation to join the Australian Defence Force or the Defence sector on completion of their scholarship year, however applicants must demonstrate a genuine interest in an Australian Defence Force technical trade career pathway as part of the application process.

More detailed information on the scholarships can be found on the DefenceJobs website: www.defencejobs.gov.au/DTS.

Media note: Imagery is available via Defence Media Liaison.

Media contacts:
Sasha Nimmo (Alan Griffin): 02 6277 7820
Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

Press release
Ministerial Support and Public Affairs,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, Australia