Cadets WA

Last updated: 6/02/2021 12:48 AM
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​​The Department of Communities (Communities) funds and administers the Cadets WA program in Western Australia, and develops policies and procedures to support it.

More than 9,500 young people participate in 200 cadet units throughout the State. Cadets participate in a range of activities that develop leadership and life skills, and a sense of community responsibility and service. Secondary school students taking part in Cadets WA will typically undertake adventurous training, camping, hiking, sporting activities and exercise their leadership potential.

Setting up a cadet unit

A school or approved organisation can participate in Cadets WA by:

  • becoming a host
  • providing facilities for use by the cadet unit
  • administering funds paid by Communities for use by the cadet unit, and
  • promoting and encouraging students and young people to participate in cadet training.

Schools and approved organisations that would like to host a cadet unit must complete and submit the new Cadet Unit Application Form (DOCX 110KB).

Adults who may wish to participate in the Cadets WA program include:

  • Teachers
  • Members of community organisations
  • Parents or other members of the community
  • Ex-service personnel
  • Specialist personnel
  • People who provide support on a continuing or as required basis

Instructor requirements

To become an instructor in a cadet unit, the following conditions apply:

  • completion of an application form
  • submission of a National Police Clearance Certificate and Working With Children Check
  • confirmation of suitability by the cadet unit's host organisation and/or school principal, and
  • additional requirements, such as attendance at a selection board and an instructor's course.

Financial considerations

The Department provides funding to cadet units at the following levels for each cadet:

  • $415 per cadet
  • An allocation of $2,000 start-up grants for new cadet units
  • Funding for Australian Defence Force Cadet units affiliated with the program is capped at $80 per participant per annum (the Australian Government also funds the program)

Cadets WA Units may also draw on the following funding sources:

  • Fundraising
  • Donations from community organisations and sponsors
  • Units may also be eligible for grants from Lotterywest.  Contact Lotterywest at for further information

Role of the unit leader

The role of the unit leader in a cadet unit is to:

  • liaise with the school and wider community
  • allocate training to comply with the unit's training program priorities
  • plan activities
  • administer the cadet unit, and
  • provide instruction to cadets and adult leaders/instructors.

Cadets WA Service Awards

The Department of Communities acknowledges the service of adult instructors in the Cadets WA program through the Cadets WA Service Awards.

Please use this application form to make a request for the consideration of an award. 

The instruction pertaining to each level of award is strictly adhered to.

Contact Cadets WA

Telephone: (08) 6217 6888