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Australia Defence College


Australian Defence College (ADC) was established to meet the strategic needs of the Australian Defence Force for joint professional military education and individual joint warfare training. This is achieved through delivery of courses, exercises and programs of study at the Australian Defence College and the Australian Defence Force Warfare Centre.

Each centre has a different role in preparing Australian Defence Force personnel, Australian Public Servants and members of Defence industry for senior roles within a joint operating environment.

ADC Strategic Plan

The Australian Defence College Strategic Plan 2013-17 outlines the future directions for education and training in Defence.

About Commander ADC

Major General Simone Wilkie was commissioned into the Royal Australian Corps of Signals in 1983 and served as a Lieutenant and Captain in a range of regimental and instructional appointments in Land and Training Commands. Key appointments include troop/platoon commands with 6th and 2nd Signals Regiments and the 1st Recruit Training Battalion; instructor at the Royal Military College - Duntroon; and Adjutant, 1st Signal Regiment.

Group News Headlines


ADFA class of 2014 celebrate milestone achievement

11 December 2014 : Following three years of military and academic studies, 220 officer cadets and midshipmen graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). They are now ready to become junior leaders in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Opening of Joint Logistics Unit (North) at Robertson Barracks, Holtze, NT

11 December 2014 : A modern, purpose built wholesale storage facility, Joint Logistics Unit – North was officially opened at Robertson Barracks in Holtze, Northern Territory. Minister for Defence’s representative, Senator Linda Reynolds said the logistics unit was one of seven being constructed under the Defence Logistics Transformation Program.

Australian Command and Staff Course (Joint) Graduation

08 December 2014 : The ACSC(J) class of 2014, along with families and friends, gathered at the Llewellyn Hall at the Australian National University (ANU) for their graduation ceremony. The ceremony ends a demanding year of full-time study at the Australian Defence College in Weston Creek, ACT, which culminates in the award of the Passed Staff Course (Joint) qualification and a Master of Military and Defence Studies from the ANU for the majority of the 168 graduates.

Defence and Strategic Studies Course Graduation

02 December 2014 : The 2014 Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC) graduation was held. The DSSC is an 11 month course postgraduate level professional development program that provides students with the skills and knowledge to operate at the highest levels of leaderships, command, policy formulation and management. In recognition of her outstanding achievements on the DSSC, Commodore Michele Miller was awarded the CDF/SEC Award.

New partnership to explore virtual simulation opportunities

28 November 2014 : Defence has entered a partnership with the University of Newcastle (UoN) to explore how virtual simulation can be used to further enhance education and training. The Australian Defence College (ADC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Newcastle at the Directorate of Simulation at RAAF Base Williamtown. Through the MOU, UoN honours and postgraduate students will undertake virtual simulation research and development projects that are directly relevant to the ADC.

Vice Chief launches Parliamentarians Against Family Violence

20 October 2014 : White Ribbon Ambassador Vice Admiral Ray Griggs launched Parliamentarians Against Family Violence at Parliament House. He discusses his role as Ambassador, why he encouraged the Navy to become a White Ribbon accredited workplace, and more broadly what Defence is doing to raise awareness of violence against women.

Defence personnel go bridge to bridge in support of White Ribbon Day 2014

17 October 2014: Around 700 Defence personnel walked and ran around Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin to demonstrate their commitment to White Ribbon Day. Vice Chief of the Defence Force and White Ribbon Ambassador, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs launched the event, one of a number of activities being undertaken by Defence in the lead up to White Ribbon Day 2014 on Tuesday, 25 November 2014.

Australian Defence Force Mental Health Day

10 October 2014: Held each year, World Mental Health Day is a day dedicated to mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It is also the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Mental Health Day, a day to recognise the ADF’s commitment to taking care of its key capability – its people.

This year the Vice Chief of the Defence Force Vice Admiral Griggs spoke to Defence personnel at Australia's Defence Force Headquarters.

Admiral addresses mental health at Grace Groom Oration

9 October 2014: On the eve of World Mental Health Day 2014, Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs gave the keynote address at Mental Health Australia's annual Grace Groom Memorial Lecture.

Held at the National Press Club, VCDF outlined many of the issues facing a modern defence force that is looking to respond to the issue of mental health and wellbeing amongst service men and women.

South Australian employers of Reserves recognised

11 September 2014: Five employers were recognised for their support of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reserves at the Employer Support Awards held at Adelaide Oval last night.

The event, organised by the South Australian Defence Reserves Support Council, recognised employers who have been particularly supportive of their Reservist employees.