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

View the Teacher Guide to the interactive learning modules on this website

New Resources

Studies Issue 2/2012

View 'How has the Australian Defence Force influenced Australian identity? Kokoda Case Study' on the Links and Resources page.



Youth Challenge Video

The following video programs were used at the DEFENCE 2020 Youth Challenges to provide information and scenarios of ADF service life to the participating students. At each event these programs helped the students to broaden their knowledge of the ADF and prepare for their workshops. Click the video links below to play.

2012 Program Overview

2012 - The ADF and National Identity

2011 - Our Diggers Then and Now

2010 - Is the Spirit of ANZAC relevant to the ADF today?

2009 - Finding out about ADF Peacekeeping

2008 - Focus on the Force

Interactive Modules

There are eleven interactive modules that were produced for this project and they can be accessed via the interactive modules page.


Print Units in the Defence2020 education kit

  • Unit 1 — Understanding 1942 and the 'Battle for Australia'
    What does it tell us about good citizenship?
    Download resource (.pdf, 3.3MB)
  • Unit 2 — Using War Art
    Starting points to explore the experience
    of men and women in the Second World War
    Download resource
    (.pdf, 2.9MB)
  • Unit 3 — A Global Citizenship Dilemma
    Should the Australian Defence Force use 'cluster bombs'?
    Download resource
    (.pdf, 2MB)
  • Unit 4 — Climate Change in the Pacific
    Is the ADF a good regional neighbour?
    Download resource (.pdf, 1.8MB)
  • Unit 5 — How does the ADF influence the economy?
    Download resource (.pdf, 1.9MB)

Downloadable Articles

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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