To ensure compliance with COVID-19-related Government restrictions and to protect our personnel, their families and the community, Exercise Pitch Black will not be conducted in 2020.
In line with whole-of-government advice, Defence has implemented significant measures to ensure the health and safety of its personnel and the broader community. Defence is fully committed to adhering to the public health guidelines to minimise transmission of COVID-19 and is directly engaged with public health authorities to ensure we are taking measures to reduce transmission as early as possible.
Information about Defence’s response to COVID-19 is available on the department’s website: This website is updated regularly.
Applications for media accreditation are now open for Exercise Pitch Black which returns to the Northern Territory in 2020 over the period 24 July to 14 August.
All media wishing to take part in media opportunities for Exercise Pitch Black 2020 (Pitch Black 20) are required to apply for accreditation by downloading, completing, and then submitting the Pitch Black 20 Media Accreditation Application via email. (1. Download and save the application form to your device, laptop or PC. 2. Open, complete and resave the application. 3. Email the completed application to [at]
The Royal Australian Air Force grants complimentary accreditation to media representatives employed by established media organisations who are attending Exercise Pitch Black as part of their professional duties.
Applications for media accreditation from freelance media will also be considered. Freelance media includes aviation photographers and videographers, aviation writers (print and online) and web TV producers and aviation podcasters.
Media accreditation carries with it an expectation that content will be published in a reasonable, but timely manner.
Accreditation will not be granted to photographers or photojournalists who wish to use material for their own commercial or promotional purposes (ie, personal websites, blogs or social media accounts).
The Royal Australian Air Force reserves the right to grant or refuse applications for accreditation at their sole discretion.
Once your application has been submitted and reviewed you will be contacted regarding the outcome.
For any further media enquiries in relation to Exercise Pitch Black 2020 please contact:
Email: media [at]