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Centre for Defence Leadership & Ethics


The Centre for Defence Leadership and Ethics (CDLE) is located at the Australian Defence College (ADC) Campus at Weston Creek, in the Australian Capital Territory. The Centre is a central point of contact for Defence members for information, research and education in the areas of leadership and military ethics.

A main activity of the Centre is to provide support to the command, leadership and ethics elements in the education of personnel across the professional military education continuum, including the Australian Defence Force Academy, the Australian Command and Staff College, the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies and the three single Services (Navy, Army and Air Force).

With an experienced team of tri-Service and Australian Public Service personnel, the Centre’s contribution to leadership and ethics research and education in Defence continues to grow and evolve.

Mission

CDLE's mission is to provide corporate level military leadership and ethics research and doctrine development in order to shape expertise in these areas across Defence.

Vision

CDLE's vision is to be the centre of expertise for the development of command, management, leadership and military ethics in Defence.

Deliverables

CDLE's deliverables are:

  • Specialist advice to advance command, leadership, management and military ethics development activities.
  • Research on command, leadership, management and military ethics issues of interest to Defence.
  • Evolving the strategic-level framework to allow Defence individuals and groups involved in command, leadership, management and military ethics development activities to share information and ideas.
  • Advice on more appropriate, effective or efficient skills and strategies to support those command, leadership, management and military ethics development activities referred to the Centre by Defence groups.
  • Professional courses conducted by CDLE or in collaboration with others to Services, ADF Groups and agencies.
  • Management and further development of ADDP 00.6 Leadership Doctrine.
  • A leadership development network with ADF's coalition partners.