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AAFCANS is a not-for-profit organisation. It is part of Defence, owned by the Army and Air Force and has been supporting our soldiers and airmen/airwomen since its inception in 1915.

On 31 March 2021, the Royal Australian Air Force marked 100 years of service to Australia.

Veteran-Owned Coffee

#ARMY NEWS AAFCANS has partnered with Australian veteran-owned coffee supplier Beraldo Coffee, locally roasted in Melbourne. The Beraldo family have a large roasting plant at Heidelberg, a café and event space located in Northcote where they first started the business. Now distributed across the AAFCANS network of coffee outlets on 26 ADF bases, Beraldo will also support AAFCANS with an ongoing program of professional barista training for the local café team.
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New Mobile Amenities

AAFCANS has designed and purpose-built a new mobile amenities vehicle, which was taken through its paces at Gallipoli Barracks before heading to Townville last month. The vehicle project delivered a new design concept for AAFCANS and has taken a lead role in the Lavarack Barracks mobile amenities fleet. Read More >


New Loyalty App & Online Ordering

Technology-driven service delivery is a key aspect of AAFCANS 17-22 strategic plan. As part of AAFCANS strategy ‘Where you go we go’ it has identified the opportunity for app-ordering to expand its amenities reach on Defence bases by including a food and retail delivery service direct to members. “We are piloting our online ordering/delivery service, branded ‘AAFCANS On-Demand’ at RAAF Base Amberley,” AAFCANS acting CEO Tim Manic said. Read More >


Holsworthy New Coffee Lounge

January 2020, the dated Holsworthy AAFCANS Cafe interior was fully replaced to give customers a modern comfy space. The relaxed industrial style ambience, designer lighting, reclaimed timber features help to showcase the gourmet coffee, new tea range and food offering. Soft furnishings, casual home-style dining tables, high and low seating, board games, books and 65 inch big screen await guests, eager for a chat whilst tending to their quick coffee fix or enjoying a snack and some precious me time. Read More >


Giving Back Win - Win!

#RAAF NEWS…October 2019.
THE not-for-profit Army and Air Force Canteen Service (AAFCANS) contributed $534,985.22 to Air Force and Army welfare in the 2018/2019 financial year through its automated retail vending program. The top three recipients were RAAF Base Williamtown with an impressive $18,053.57, RAAF Base Edinburgh with $17,643.69, and RAAF Base Darwin, which continues. Read More >


RAAF Williamtown New Canteen

#GLAMOROUS… In January 2020, AAFCANS and Defence opened the brand new contemporary canteen facility at RAAF Williamtown. The light beechwood trendy interior, floor to ceiling Eco glass, classy food display cabinets frame the casual open plan dining area. Comfy coffee booths have proved to be a popular cosy spot and the high bench seating with power outlets offers customers a recharge facility for their devices whilst enjoying lunch on-the-go. Read More >

Where you go – we go, AAFCANS has been supporting our soldiers and airmen/airwomen on base and on military exercises/deployments since 1915.



We operate diverse network of food services across 30 Army and Air Force bases and join ADF facilities throughout Australia.

The facilities are specifically designed to meet the needs of our soldiers, airmen/airwomen and base residents. Our food service footprint includes: canteens, kiosks/small pop-up retail outlets, a tavern and bistro.



Our network of mobile amenities includes a fleet of food vans – some with the capabilities of serving barista-style coffee in-board, all-terrain mobile amenities kiosks that can cook and refresh the offer on the move along with a range of coffee carts, retail pods and container kiosks.



Where you go – we go! AAFCANS has the capability to deploy alongside our troops and support military exercises with mobile and field amenities.



AAFCANS also offers customers additional services on base such as: barbers, hairdressers, post offices, mechanical workshops, clothing retailers, dry cleaners, photographers and banks. These are provided on our behalf by our licensed agents.



When members spend their money at an AAFCANS branded vending machine they are contributing money back directly to their base’s welfare.

AAFCANS disburses profits from its automated retail vending program to Defence welfare funds – on the bases where the profits were generated.

See ‘Giving Back’ for the latest welfare disbursements.