Paid employment with the Australia Defence Association

In terms of paid employment our national office in Canberra employs both full-time and part-time staff. Our publishing program also utilises both part-time and contracted editorial support.

Positions available


Executive Director

  • The ADA Board of Directors are seeking indications of interest in the challenging and high-profile position of federal executive director of the Association.
  • Although generally advantageous, the position does not necessarily require prior service wth the defence force or an intelligence or security agency.
  • Specific criteria for the position and the remuneration details can be obtained from our national office — (02) 6231-4444.
  • This is a full-time position involving a normal working week plus being on-call for general contact and media comment (by mobile telephone) at other times.
  • Due to the extensive parliamentary and other liaison involved the executive director generally needs to work from our national office in Canberra.
  • The starting date is negotiable but our target period is late 2018 or early 2019.
  • The contract period is also negotiable but we seek an initial commitment of around 3-4 years.
  • Those genuinely interested should consult the incumbent or our national president.



  • We seek the services of a cartoonist to illustrate and broaden how our website and publications tackle their informed coverage of strategic security, defence and wider national security issues.
  • Payment would be on either a per-cartoon or series basis.
  • The position is available as of now to the right applicant and offers considerable scope for imagination and for artistic growth as a contributor to our editorial team.
  • The work involved can be undertaken from your home location but good Internet contact and up-to-date software are essential.
  • Knowledge of Australian and international current affairs is essential and advantageous respectively. Some knowledge of Australian strategic security, defence and wider national security issues is also obviously an advantage.
  • The criteria and responsibilities for the position can be obtained from by ringing our national office in Canberra on (02) 6231-4444.  


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