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About Legacy


Keeping the Promise Legacy is one of Australia’s oldest and most trusted charities. For almost a century we have supported the families of those who gave their life or health for our country. In the trenches on the Western Front in WWI, the Legacy promise was made by a soldier to his dying mate to “look after the missus and the kids”. Since then, Legacy has continued to support our veterans’ families and keep The Promise alive into the future. Legacy has its roots in a battlefield Promise, from To this day Legacy looks after over 40,000 widows and their families.

Established in 1923 in Melbourne, Australia by Sir Stanley Savige (inspired by Sir John Gellibrand), Legacy will be celebrating 100 years.

Australian Defence Apparel are partners with The Legacy Centenary Torch Relay 2023.The Legacy Torch Relay has been identified as a once in a life-time opportunity as Legacy commemorates its centenary year in 2023.

The relay is a six-month campaign, with satellite events (relays), travelling from Pozieres France leading into ANZAC Day 2023, through to the city of London, before returning home to Australia, landing in Perth, Western Australia in May 2023.

The relay will then continue its journey throughout local towns and cities across Australia, visiting all 45 Legacy Club locations, concluding in Melbourne in October 2023. The Torch will travel 55,000 km, through 100 stops, carried by approximately 1,500 torch bearers along with over 2,000 volunteers.

The Legacy Centenary Torch Relay 2023 aims to not only commemorate the previous century, but also highlight what the future holds for the organisation. As we continue to salute their sacrifice and provide continuous care to those who have given so much, we want to honour the past, thank the present and build the future for Legacy.

The official Torch Bearer uniform has been designed, created and sponsored by Australian Defence Apparel (ADA), the largest uniform and equipment provider in Australia spanning military, law enforcement, healthcare and numerous government and corporate industries.

ADA will also deliver torch bearer uniform to each individual torchbearer prior to the commencement of their journey.

About Nova Systems

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Australian Defence Apparel (ADA), Australia’s primary manufacturer of high-tech uniforms and equipment, and Nova Systems, a leading Australian-owned engineering services and technology solutions company, today announced a partnership to deliver high-tech innovative clothing systems solutions for uniform requirements.

ADA has established a proven track record of designing, manufacturing and managing apparel programs across the military, law enforcement, healthcare and numerous government and corporate industries.

The partnership between ADA and Nova Systems will allow for the implementation of comprehensive clothing programs to meet the unique demands of clients underpinned by data-driven insights and engineering management expertise.

The partnership and development of a Clothing Programs Engineering Support system will encompass research and material sourcing, establishing user requirements, design and development, patternmaking and grading, rapid prototyping, technical data, drawings and specifications.

Nova Systems is experienced in complex program delivery and is a trusted partner to the Australian Defence Force, supporting major Defence projects for the past two decades.

About Kookaburra Kids


ADA is a proud partner of the Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation, a charity that empowers young people to thrive beyond the impacts of family mental illness. AKKF delivers clinically designed, free programs that combine mental health education with FUN! Collectively, this breaks down barriers, foster connections between peers experiencing similar situations, build resilience and teach positive help seeking behaviours and stress coping strategies to improve mental health outcomes.

Australian Defence Apparel (ADA) is a founding partner of the Kookaburra Kids First Responder Kids program. Our partnership focuses on sponsoring children to support them in accessing the program to and helping Kookaburra Kids in expanding its reach and growing portfolios to support the unique needs of young people from families who are on the front line to protect and serve our community.

Outside of the main sponsorship, ADA is also developing new branded uniforms for the Kookaburra Kids Foundation program to outfit members and volunteers.



About Bond University

Bond University Tactical Research Unit (TRU) and ADA have been in partnership since 2007. Bond University TRU’s primary mission has always been to improve the well-being and occupational performance of tactical personnel in Defence, law enforcement, and first responders.

Since 2007, we have been fortunate to have collaborated on projects bringing academia, industry, and end-users together. With ADA members on the External Advisory Board of TRU, we have streamlined information from front-line individuals and improved the user experience and performance of tactical equipment.

Through TRU’s network of multidisciplinary, international experts, we have proudly completed projects, including the ergonomic Assault backpacks range for the Military and the new Integrated Load Bearing Vest for Queensland Police. This partnership has enabled us to fully understand the implications of form, fit and function when providing uniforms and protective equipment for specific roles. It is imperative that the wearer is protected, but also comfortable and responsive, at all times.

Bond University aims to enhance the performance of front-line individuals, so we are equally excited and proud to continue this incredible partnership.