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Australian Command & Staff College

The Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC) is organised into the following areas:

About the Australian Command and Staff College

Prior to the establishment of the Australian Command and Staff College in 2001 middle management officer Command and Staff training (at the MAJ (E) level) was conducted at separate single Service staff colleges. The Army Command and Staff course was conducted at Fort Queenscliff in Victoria, the RAAF Staff Course at RAAF Fairbairn in the ACT and the RAN Staff Course at HMAS PENGUIN in Sydney NSW.

The Military After Next (the Price Report) and the Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) first raised the issue of rationalisation of officer education and collocation of staff colleges in 1995/96. The Defence Efficiency Review (March 1997) supported such a collocation as an efficiency and cost saving measure.

Several sites for the new facility were considered and in November 1998 the Minister for Defence confirmed the decision to establish the new facility at Weston Creek in the ACT. On 08 December 1999 Parliament approved the construction of the ACSC building and associated infrastructure.

Construction began in early 2000 and the first course of 180 students arrived in January 2001.

The initial curriculum offered course members with a diverse and challenging program, preparing graduates for a wide range of employment throughout the Australian Defence Organisation. The co-location of the three previous Service Colleges provided a comprehensive military education within a collaborative joint environment. More information on each of the Service Colleges can be found at the Australian Command and Staff Course (Joint) section of this website.

Since 2006 the Australian Command and Staff College charter has extended beyond the Australian Command and Staff Course.

ACSC now has management across a range of learning centers’ and courses to deliver Doctrine, Education and Training outcomes. HQ ACSC is located at the Australian Defence College (ADC) Weston ACT, with learning centres based at ADC Weston ACT, RAAF Base Williamtown, Newcastle, NSW and RAAF Base Williams, Laverton VIC.

Joint Training Units

ADF Warfare Training Centre (ADFWTC) is responsible for the provision of individual joint training and education for ADF and selected overseas forces staff. The training faculty also assists with the training of joint headquarters staff for operations

ADF Peace Operations Training Centre (ADF POTC) via ADFWTC is the centre of expertise for training and doctrine development related to peace operations. ADF POTC conducts peace operations training for ADO personnel, Australian agencies such as the Australian Federal Police and for regional countries.

Defence Force School of Languages (DFSL) develops and conducts training and assessment of selected Defence Department personnel in specified Languages Other Than English (LOTE), in order to enable them to conduct joint, combined and/or interagency operations and other Defence business.

Defence International Training Centre (DITC) is responsible to enhance the training provided in Australia to South-East Asian and South Pacific Defence forces and other selected overseas personnel.

ACSC Faculty

ACSC Faculty is a functional based cell which provides support across the wider ACSC Command through the provision of Directing Staff to ACSC(J); development of ACSC(J) curricula; innovative project work; and evaluation of learning and education.

Royal Australian Navy Staff Acquaint Course (RANSAC) - The RANSAC is attended by up to 14 Course members drawn from the RAN, the RAN Reserve, other Australian Defence Force Reserves, the Australian Public Service and selected overseas Naval Reserves at the O4 level. It aims to prepare selected officers for staff appointments in single Service, joint and integrated environments.


The Simulation Centre - supports operational capability through the provision of simulation support to selected stakeholders across the wider Australian Defence Organisation.