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Military Law Centre

Military Law Centre

Role

The Military Law Centre (MLC) was established by Defence Legal in January 2000 to take responsibility for the co-ordination, formulation and delivery of legal training for the professional development of legal officers in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The role of the MLC has since expanded to take into account the legal training needs of the broader ADF. The MLC also forms the ‘military node’ of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law. The MLC is located at Victoria Barracks, Paddington in Sydney, Australia.

The mission of the MLC is to contribute to the success of the ADF through the provision of high quality military legal training. The vision of the MLC is to be known and recognised at home, in the region and by other military forces as a quality provider of professional, innovative and contemporary training to military legal practitioners, ADF members and support staff.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the MLC include to:

  • Develop and coordinate the delivery of various Legal Training Modules for the professional development of ADF legal officers
  • Develop and coordinate the delivery of pre-command legal training to Commanding Officer designates in all three Services of the ADF
  • Develop and coordinate delivery of certification for legal officers to provide sustained legal support on operations
  • Manage ADF military justice training policy
  • Provide assistance in the development and delivery of military law training across the ADF
  • Organise conferences and workshops on current legal issues.

Legal Training Modules (LTMs)

All ADF legal officers, which includes both permanent and reserve legal officers, are required to complete LTMs for career progression. For further information regarding the LTMs, please consult the MLC Legal Officer Training Handbook

LTM1 Courses in 2018

Course

Course Dates

Closing Date for Nominations

Panel Published

LTM1

16 -27 Apr 18

05 Feb 18

05 Mar 18

Completion of LTM1 Consolidation Tasks is also required prior to being able to commence LTM2. Information regarding the LTM1 Consolidation Tasks can be found on the LTM1 Consolidation Tasks Page

LTM2 Courses in 2018

Course

Course Dates

Closing Date for Nominations

Panel Published

LTM2 Military Operations Law

05 -09 Mar 18

22 Dec 17

22 Jan 18

LTM2 Military Administrative Law

28 May - 01 Jun 18

19 Mar 18

16 Apr 18

LTM2 Military Discipline Law

03 - 07 Sep 18

25 Jun 18

23 Jul 18

LTM2 Military Legal Practice

26 - 30 Nov 18

TBC

TBC

LTM3 Courses in 2018

Course

Course Dates

Closing Date for Nominations

Panel Published

22 - 26 Oct 18
13 Aug 18
10 Sep 18
TBC


Enrolment in LTM Courses. To be eligible to enrol in any LTM course, a legal officer must be a member of the Legal Officers’ Specialist Officer Career Structure (LOSOCS) and be at the appropriate Legal Level. More information on the LOSOCS Policy and becoming part of the LOSOCS can be found at http://www.defence.gov.au/Legal/CareerManagement/

To nominate for an LTM1 course, please complete the MLC LTM1 Course Nomination Form and send electronically to the MLC as instructed on the form.

To nominate for LTM2 and LTM3, please complete the LTM 2 and LTM 3 Course Nomination Form and send electronically to the MLC as instructed on the form.

More information on the courses offered by the Australian National University and the University of Adelaide can be found on their websites: The Australian National University Law Faculty and University of Adelaide Law School.

Legal Officer Training Handbook

All legal officers from Legal Levels 1 to 3, and their supervisors, should read the MLC Legal Officer Training Handbook. The Handbook outlines military legal training available for legal officers in the ADF, including policy and administrative matters concerning such training.

Regrade form LL4 to LL5

ADF Legal Officers intending to regrade from LL4 to LL5 are required to complete CPDC approved management training course/s.

Specific course requirements and the empanelment process are detailed in the SOP 313 LL5 Management Courses document.

Inquiry Officer Courses

Calls for nomination for the Military Law Centre’s Inquiry Officer course are released via DEFGRAM. For further information, please contact the Military Law Centre.

Inquiry Officer Courses in 2018

Calls for nomination for the Military Law Centre’s Inquiry Officer course are released via DEFGRAM. For further information, please contact the Military Law Centre.

Course Dates

Closing Date for Nominations

Panel Published

12 – 14 Mar 18

TBC

TBC

19 – 21 Jun 18

TBC

TBC

25 – 27 Sept 18

TBC

TBC

Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (APCML)

The mission of the collaborative Defence and University of Melbourne Law School Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law (APCML) is to promote greater understanding of, and increased respect for, the rule of law in all aspects of military affairs within the Australian Defence context and with military forces throughout the Asia-Pacific Region.

The vision of the APCML is to lead the world in research, teaching and engagement on rule of law issues that affect Australian, regional and global military affairs.

More information on the APCML can be found on its website at http://www.apcml.org/.

Contact Details

Military Law Centre
Victoria Barracks, Building 113
Oxford Street
Paddington 2021
Phone: +61 2 8335 5627, +61 2 8335 5635,
Fax: +61 2 8335 5634

Email: MLC.admin@defence.gov.au