General Info

General Info

The Army Style Youth Diversion Training Course (Operation “Hard Yakka”) is physically challenging and mentally demanding. Trainees will be required to work hard for up to 7 days a week with little time available for recreation. Trainees will learn and develop many new skills during their training. Some trainees will find the change to an army lifestyle difficult, but most satisfactorily make the transition and go on to complete their chosen field of education or employment.

Operation "Hard Yakka" Involves:

During the Army Style Youth Diverson Training Course trainees will be required to take part in Physical Training, Drill, Field Craft, Adventure-Based Challenges, Community Awareness, and Indigenous Culture. The majority of the time will be spent in barracks receiving theory and practical instruction. Trainees will learn how to wear their uniform correctly, and maintain personal equipment and room to the standard required by the army. The training is deliberately challenging and has been designed to prepare them for re-entering the Education System or Employment in the workforce. The training is intense, with limited time for personal administration. As a youth behavioural camp, the trainees will gain a sense of achievement, purpose and confidence during basic training. On completion of the course, our trainees will feel justifiably proud of what they have achieved. 

Progress & Assessments

Throughout their time on Operation “Hard Yakka” trainees will be continually assessed on the skills, knowledge and attitude required for Education or Employment.

To mark the completion of the course, trainees take part in a ceremonial parade. Visitors are invited to view this parade which takes place at the training centre on the last day of the course. Coffee/Tea will be supplied for families and guests of the trainees after the March Out Parade.As a behavioural camp for youth, we are invested to see our trainees re-enter the workforce or education system and we want to hear from them. Trainees are encouraged to keep in contact with Operation Hard Yakka Staff on a regular basis as well as their parents.