UNSW Canberra is a campus of The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and is located at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).  UNSW Canberra provides undergraduate tertiary education for the midshipmen and officer cadets of the Australian Defence Force as well as  civilian students for all Engineering programs. Postgraduate coursework and research programs in Arts, Business, Cyber Security, Engineering, Logistics, Management, Strategy and Security, Space, and Systems Engineering are open to the general community.  Students studying at UNSW Canberra gain all the advantages of studying with one of Australia’s largest, most well-established and research intensive tertiary institutions.

Choose the project you wish to support from the list below or for more information about giving to UNSW Canberra contact:

Rachel Hunter
Development Officer
+61 2 6268 8499
r.hunter[at]adfa.edu[dot]au

The AIF Project

The UNSW Canberra first AIF database is a comprehensive record of the 330,000 men of the First Australian Imperial Force (AIF) who served overseas during the Great War of 1914-18. The database and website is the nation’s premier resource for biographical information on those who served, the units in which they served, the awards and honours they received, the illnesses and injuries they sustained and the places to which they returned after the war. It draws together data from at least five official sources and presents a highly textured picture of the men who served and the fate that befell them. Donations to the UNSW Canberra “AIF Project” will allow the database to be expanded to include elements such as additional record fields, new sources of official information, the inclusion of photographs and other descriptive material, and maintenance of the software supporting the website that makes the data accessible to researchers across the country. Contributions from the public will also allow the employment of additional staff to correct and enhance the database and the existing entries. 

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Australia's Vietnam War

The 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF) operated in Vietnam from 1966 through 1971. Some of its battles have become well-known to the public through film and literature. Many however, have not. The database and website is the product of over 25 years of research. It provides unprecedented access to information on nearly all 1 ATF ground combat actions Australians fought in during the Vietnam War, numbering over 4,500. Through the use of modern Web technologies, veterans, researchers and the general public now have the power to understand the Vietnam War at a scale and depth not previously possible. The Battle Map provides an ideal way to catalog and share veterans’ stories, keeping them accessible to current and future generations. Our aim is to enable Vietnam veterans to record their stories, perspectives and images against contacts on the Battle Map. In doing so, we hope to develop the ‘ground truth’ picture of what happened at the tactical level, revealing the human dimension of the War. This website is a continual ‘work in progress’. In the future, it will feature contacts from 1 RAR and AATTV, as well as air and naval operations. Donations will allow work on the database to be expedited and more illustrative and interpretative material to be included.

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Military Ethics and Human Responsibility

Military ethics is a constantly evolving area of practical academic research. The context and conduct of armed conflict, peace-keeping, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief has created many new ethical dilemmas and moral issues. ACSACS is concentrating its efforts on exploring: the causes and consequences of the ‘moral injury’ sustained by deploying personnel whose ethical values and moral compass are often destabilised by active service; the ethical dimensions of modern warfare including the evolution of tactics, the introduction of new weapons systems and the trial of innovations to enhance human performance on the battlefield; the recognition of the human rights and the personal liberties of uniformed personnel including rights to conscientious objection and immunity from prosecution for acts conducted within the deployed environment; and, the ethical challenges arising from the militarization of space including the deployment of weapons sensors and systems beyond the earth’s atmosphere and the application of the laws of armed conflict to the cosmos. Donations to this research will enlarge the scope of ACSACS research and enhance the courses offered to those who are deploying and ethical critique of their missions.

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