Non-operational training

The DMO Institute is managed by Human Resources Branch and has the aim of professionalising the DMO workforce and encouraging lifelong learning. The institute is responsible for the design, development and administration of training courses that are aligned to the DMO job families. It offers a range of targeted practitioner, vocational, tertiary and postgraduate education and training programs. Current training programs include Leadership Development, Business Acumen, Writing for Results, and specialist practitioner courses.

The DMO's strategic aim is to expand the range of competency based development opportunities available to DMO staff to ensure that the workforce has the necessary knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply that knowledge and skill to the standard required in the workplace. It also enhances recruitment and retention opportunities by providing nationally recognised qualifications.

The DMO Leadership Development Programs seek to provide improved leadership capability for the DMO. The programs are currently targeted at Executive Levels 1 and 2 (and military equivalent) and APS 5 and 6 (and military equivalent) staff, and are based on the DMO Leadership Capability Framework. The programs recognise that good leadership is essential at all levels within the DMO and seek to provide participants with the necessary skills and abilities to be effective leaders and achieve high-level business outcomes.

Table 4.16 DMO—Non-Operational Training 2007-08[1]
Type of Training Total Student Days Number of Students
Leadership Programs
Leadership Coaching & Development Centres[2] 302 267
Catalyst 335 67
Gateway 580 116
Sub-Total Leadership 1,217 450
Practitioner Courses
Business Acumen[3] 1,305 435
Writing for Results[4] 196 196
Diploma of Project Management[5] 1,035 207
Fundamentals of Project Management[5] 616 308
DMO Scheduling 434 217
Open Plan Professional 438 146
Open Plan Professional Advanced 86 43
Work Breakdown Structure 209 209
Whole of Life Costing 96 32
Earned Value Management - Introduction 105 105
Earned Value Management - Practitioners 57 19
Materiel Logistics Introduction Course[6] 572 286
Materiel Logistics Practitioners Course[6] 810 81
Graduate Certificate in Project Management 610 89
Graduate Certificate in Value Chain Management[6] 296 47
Graduate Certificate in Engineering Management[6] 248 39
Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Financial Management 141 47
Contract Risk Training (Module 1) 208 104
Contract Risk Training (Module 2) 91 91
Contract Risk Training (Module 3) 89 89
Contract Risk Training (Module 4) 170 85
ASDEFCON Complex Volume 1 258 258
ASDEFCON Support 64 16
Advanced Negotiating Skills 36 12
Foreign Military Sales 400 80
Quality and Environment Management System - Administration 64 32
Quality and Environment Management System - Introduction 56 111
Materiel Financial Management Overview 292 146
Materiel Financial Management Overview - Recall 114 114
Materiel Financial Management Practitioners 580 116
Sub-total Practitioners Course 9,676 3,760
Total 10,893 4,210


  1. The data represents courses run over fiscal year and by individual modules.
  2. DMO specific leadership programs are Catalyst—targeted at EL 1-2/Military (E) staff, and Gateway—targeted at APS 5-6/Military (E) staff. The programs are delivered by Mt Eliza School for Executive Education and are linked to the Employee Performance Agreement. All leadership programs have pre-requisite development centres and are aligned with the DMO Leadership Capability Framework.
  3. Business Acumen for Leaders targeted at EL1-2/Military (E) and Business Acumen for Practitioners targeted at APS 5-6/Military (E) and is linked to the Employee Performance Agreement.
  4. Writing for Results for Managers targeted at EL 1-2/Military (E) and Writing for Results for Practitioners targeted at APS 5-6/Military (E).
  5. The professional education framework for project management is aligned to the ACAT and Certified Practicing Project Manager frameworks.
  6. The professional education solution for logistics is based on two separate streams with a total education initiative for each stream from Diploma to a Masters Level, the streams are Acquisition Logistics Engineering stream and In-Service or Supply Chain logistics stream.