ADA membership and support


We are a broadly community-based, strictly independent, staunchly non-partisan, national public-interest watchdog organisation.

Our members come from all walks of life but share intellectual and practical interests concerning Australia's strategic security over the long term.

  • ADA Membership is open to all Australians who believe in the need for informed and effective public debate about:
    • Australia's strategic security, our common defence and our liberty and sovereign freedom of action as a nation-state;
    • our domestic security and unity as a national community; and
    • preserving a logical and practical balance between potentially competing needs for community security, civil liberties, adequate defence capabilities and other key national investment priorities.
  • The majority of ADA members have never served in our defence force, a police force or with one of our intelligence and security agencies (although many have).
  • In summary, we seek to represent the long-term national interest concerning public-policy issues integral to Australia's strategic and domestic security – not any sectional interest.
  • As necessary consequences of our independence, community base and non-partisanship please note that:
    • We do not institutionally represent the profession of arms.
    • We do not otherwise collectively represent the men and women of the Australian Defence Force.
    • We are not a defence industry or other commercial body in any shape or form.
    • We are not a war veterans or ex-Service organisation (ESO).
    • We have no political affiliations, inclinations or agendas.
  • Further detail on who we are, what we do, and why and how we do it, can be found on our frequently-asked-questions pages.


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