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About the Australian Command & Staff Course (Reserve)

The Australian Command and Staff Course (Reserve) (ACSC(R)) is conducted by the Australian Command and Staff College, part of the Australian Defence College at Weston Creek in Canberra. ACSC(R) is a year-long course consisting distance and residential learning periods for approximately 20 O4/ O5 level officers from the Australian Defence Force and selected allied and regional defence forces.

Course Aim

To produce Officers who can fulfill command and staff appointments, at the O4-O6 level, in single-Service, joint, multi-national and interagency environments. ACSC(R) prepares selected officers for command and staff appointments in integrated, joint and single-Service environments at the O5 and O6 level. Successful leaders are characterised by strength of ethical character, professional competence and intellect. ACSC(R) therefore promotes excellence in command, leadership and military operations, while also focusing on the development of enduring personal qualities.

The course has been designed to incorporate blended learning including both residential and distance education. The course is intended to be completed over one calendar year. It is delivered utilising Reserve and Regular Army staff from the Australian Defence College and visiting lecturers with an emphasis on Course member learning. The general curriculum is set at the post-graduate level where historical and contemporary events are used to test the relevance and applicability of theory.

ACSC(R) graduates will display a range of attributes including research skills, critical analysis, and high level written and verbal communication. ACSC(R) graduates will gain a broader understanding of the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) and will demonstrate subject mastery of land operations while gaining an appreciation for operating in a joint services environment. Course members are expected to assimilate knowledge then utilise critical thinking skills to create innovative solutions to complex problems.

Graduates of ACSC(R) will have the ability to analyse and evaluate opinion, to weigh and assess evidence dispassionately, to build a case for decision making from many sources and to tolerate and accommodate diverse viewpoints. The capacity to effectively communicate resultant arguments and conclusions is also fostered.

Course members will embrace uncertainty and display flexibility in their approach to novel and unresolved situations. Course members will have developed robust leadership, command, critical thinking and communication skills in order to better meet the challenges of our profession. Course members will develop these enduring personal qualities through both individual and team-based activities.

The main outcome of the Course is the achievement of the passed staff course (reserve) psc(r) military qualification.

Course Objectives and Modules

  1. Analyse national, regional and global strategic issues.
  2. Force generate, command and administer deployable capability elements as directed by the ADF.
  3. Lead a joint staff planning team to develop and execute joint operational plans as part of a whole of government approach within the context of Protective Security Operations on Australian Territory (PSAT) and other domestic contingencies.
  4. Perform duties as an 05 (Lieutenant Colonel) staff officer on a joint, coalition, Defence and integrated headquarters for selected offshore operations and tasks.
  5. Lead or effectively contribute to a staff team in a specialist operational or management area.
  6. Develop effective solutions to complex problems through the application of critical thinking and analysis.
  7. Communicate effectively in all work contexts.
  8. Understand the organisation and management of the Army, ADF, and the broader Defence organisation and supporting agencies.




Module 1: Foundation Studies

5 days residential and 17 days distance learning

Module 2: Operations

16 days residential and 12 days distance learning

Module 3: Command, Leadership and Ethics

16 days residential and 13 days distance learning

Course Duration Remarks

ACSC(R) comprises 83 days training (including 37 days residential,  39 days distance learning and 4 days mandatory training / AIRN)

Administration and Joining Instructions for Successful Participants

Congratulations on your selection for the 2018 Australian Command and Staff Course (Reserve) [ACSC(R)]. ACSC(R) Course Members are among a select group of officers from which our future military leaders and decision-makers are drawn. You should accept this selection as due recognition of your commitment and outstanding performance in the Australian Defence Force.

The ACSC(R) is a demanding military academic course comparable with leading military command and staff colleges around the globe. You should expect your year to be both challenging and rewarding. It is vital that you determine your goals for the year and also strive to achieve the right balance for yourself based on your personal capabilities, ambitions and individual circumstances. The Joining Instructions provide direction and instructions for action required by you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Chief Instructor ACSC(R) at

We look forward to joining you for an important year in 2018. Remember, the staff at ACSC(R) are here to assist you throughout the year. All the very best; and, once again, congratulations on being selected for ACSC(R).



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