ADF Sport

Sport is an important element in developing team and individual skills within the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and contributes to the maintenance of physical fitness. Sport also provides a medium for interaction between the Services, the wider Australian community and the forces of other countries. This interaction occurs in competitive settings that develop qualities that have been recognised to be of benefit to the ADF. These qualities include teamwork, mental and physical robustness, personal wellbeing, determination and the will to win.

Participation in sport by members of the ADF is to occur safely and with an appropriate balance of challenge, risk, cost and benefit. The conduct of sport in the ADF is to be in accordance with Defence values and is to be underpinned by sound financial management, in particular the efficient, effective and ethical use of public money. A list of approved ADF sport is tabled below.

Authority for approval to participate in sport within the guidance given in this policy lies with the member’s Commanding Officer (CO).

Participation in approved ADF or single-Service sports in a civilian club/competition is to be formally processed by the submission and approval of the pro forma in Annex G of Defence Instruction (General) DI(G)) PERS 14-2 Australian Defence Policy on Sport. This pro forma is to be approved by the member’s CO. The form can also be accessed via the ADF Sport website and the ADFPC-C website.

COs cannot authorise members participation in any non-approved sport, however, in exceptional circumstances, COs may recommend to their single-Service headquarters that a member be permitted to participate in a non-approved sport. An example may be the national selection of a member in a non-ADF sport (ie boxing, equestrian, martial arts). Applications are to be accompanied by a formal risk analysis and cost assessment. This not available on the internet. Please liaise with your ROIC.

Given that approval under this provision may commit the Commonwealth to liability for compensation costs, the risk involved from a member’s participation must not be disproportionate to the potential benefit for the participant or the single Service.

Members of the ADF seeking to participate in sport outside of the ADF as paid employment, or on the basis of voluntary participation in off-duty hours, are to read Defence Instruction (General) DI(G)) PERS 14-2 Australian Defence Policy on Sport in conjunction with DI(G) PERS 25–2 Employment and Voluntary Activities of Australian Defence Force Members in Off-Duty Hours and apply through UTW1 for CO’s approval.


Approved Sports

There is a list of approved sports on this website. They are listed below. If you wish to play a non-approved sport, you must provide a cost and risk analysis as per the DI (that you are signing as having read on your application!) in order for the CO to make an informed decision on approving your participation.

There is a copy of the DI in your handbook.

Defence Intranet links only, sorry

Australian Rules Football: Australian Services Australian Football Association
Basketball: Australian Defence Basketball Association
Lawn Bowls: Australian Services Bowls Association
Cricket: Australian Services Cricket Association
Golf: Australian Defence Golf Association
Hockey: Australian Defence Hockey Association
Netball: Australian Defence Netball Association
Nordic (Cross-Country) Skiing and Biathlon: Australian Defence Nordic Skiing and Biathlon Association
Rugby League: Combined Australian Services Rugby League
Rugby Union: Australian Services Rugby Union
Running and Athletics: Australian Defence Running and Athletics Association
Sailing: Australian Defence Sailing Association
Alpine Snow Sports: Australian Defence Alpine Snow Sports Association
Members can only be authorised for attendance at the ADASA Intra & Inter-Service Carnival and ADASA international events.
Soccer: Australian Defence Football Federation
Softball: Australian Defence Softball Association
Squash: Australian Defence Squash Racquets Association
Tenpin Bowling: Australian Defence Tenpin Bowling Association
Touch Football: Australian Defence Touch Association
Triathlon: Australian Defence Sports Triathlon Association
Volleyball: Australian Defence Volleyball Association
Waterpolo: Australian Defence Waterpolo Association