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About the Australian Command & Staff Course (Joint)


The Australian Command and Staff Course (Joint) is a full time course of 46 weeks duration commencing in mid-January and finishing in early December. It is preceded by an orientation week for overseas Course Members. Each course is attended by a maximum of 180 full time students at O4 level.

The full College Handbook (v2012) is available here (PDF download 3.4MB).


Course Objectives

ACSC(J) has been designed around four core and four supporting objectives. The core objectives articulate the key functions expected of a graduate officer at the O5 level and are:

  • Lead a joint staff planning team to develop and execute joint operational plans in joint, Defence and integrated environments;
  • Lead a single Service staff planning team to develop and execute single Service plans in an operational or strategic management environment;
  • Lead a staff team in a specialist operational or management area; and
  • Analyse national, regional and global strategic issues when planning.
The four supporting objectives articulate the skill sets that will be required at the O5 level to meet all four core objectives, and are:
  • Develop effective solutions to problems through the application of critical thinking and analysis;
  • Communicate effectively in all work contexts;
  • Analyse command at the tactical, operational and strategic level;and
  • Understand the organisation and management of Defence and the Australian Defence Force.


Course Curriculum

The Australian Command and Staff Course (Joint) is a full time course of 46 weeks duration commencing in mid-January and finishing in early December. It is preceded by an orientation week for overseas Course Members. Each course is attended by a maximum of 180 full time students at O4 level.

Depending on the subjects studied, members undertaking this postgraduate program may be granted a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in the fields of Management in Defence Studies or Strategy in Defence Studies. They may also continue on to complete a Masters of Arts in Strategy and Policy or a Masters of Arts in Strategy and Management from the University.



Modular Delivery

Modular DeliveryThe Australian Command and Staff Course (ACSC) has made two of its five modules available to the wider Defence Organisation. These two modules are (1) Single-Service studies and (2) Joint Operations studies.

The DEFGRAM attached explains the rational behind this decision while the attached nomination form must be received by ACSC no later than three weeks before the start of the desired module.

Module Attendee Nomination Form

DEFGRAM 179/2008 - Access to Australian Command and Staff Course (JOINT) Modules



Administration

Welcome to the Australian Command and Staff Course (Joint). The information contained within this area is for personnel attending the Australian Command and Staff Course (Joint) in 2012.

Throughout these pages you will be directed to information that, combined with the separately issued 2012 Joining Instruction ( Australian Course Members / Overseas Course Members ) , will facilitate your attendance on the Course.

Course Members should regularly refer to this page for information updates, particularly as the start date for the Course approaches.

Personnel who have received notification that they are attending the course are invited to download the appropriate course joining instruction and the ACSC Handbook.




Related Information

Handbook. The ACSC Handbook contains generic information on ACSC(J), the Australian Command and Staff College and the Australian Defence College.

Planner. The ACSC Annual Planner contains information on the schedule for 2012. While this document is amended regularly, you should note that major activities such as leave, terms and major activities are set. Only activities with minimal impact on ACSC will change on this Planner.

Campus Map. The Campus Map contains the necessary information on the layout of ADC and ACSC to direct Course Members to the main locations within the Campus.

EX ASPIRANT. The EX ASPIRANT Instruction contains information relating to the Defence essay due no later than 0830, Mon 23 Jan 2012.



Contact

Course Members with questions regarding Course administration may contact the Executive Officer, Coordination and Curriculum Execution (EO COORD) with their questions. EO COORD is contactable on (02) 6266 0312 or via email at acsc_coord@defence.adc.edu.au