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Career Development -Legal Competency Levels - Legal Training Modules - MLC Links-  RPL


The Military Law Centre (MLC) was established in January 2000 primarily to take responsibility for the co-ordination, formulation and delivery of legal training necessary 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 (Sydney).

Develop and coordinate the delivery of Legal Training Modules (LTM1-3) for the professional development of ADF legal officers (click here);
Develop and coordinate the delivery of pre-command legal training to Commanding Officer designates in all three Services of the ADF (for training material from pre-command legal training);
Develop and coordinate delivery of certification of legal officers to provide sustained legal support on deployed operations (Joint Operations Legal Training) (click here);
Provide assistance in the development and delivery of Military Law training across the ADF;
Organise "Lessons Learned" conferences and workshops on current legal issues; and
Managing ADF military justice training policy.

Legal Training Modules (LTMs)
To be eligible to attempt any LTM a Legal Officer must be a member of the Legal Officer Specialist Officer Career Structure (LOSOCS) and be at the appropriate Legal Level; e.g. LL2 to attempt LTM2.

The MLC does not guarantee placement on any LTM or individual subject. In the case of oversubscription, a panelling process will be conducted by the MLC in accordance with the relevant Legal Officer Career and Professional Development Committee (LOCPDC) policy and positions granted according to priority. To view CPDC policy decisions regarding panelling and funding priorities for LTMs, click here to go to the Career Management page of the Defence Legal website.

Select to view further information on Legal Training Modules (LTM's) and Course Dates

To nominate for MLC courses please complete the MLC Course Nomination Form

Further Information — Legal Officer Training Handbook
The intent of this handbook is to provide a reference for policy, programming and administrative matters in respect of the training of legal officers. The MLC requests that all officers at Legal Levels (LL) 1-3 and their supervisors take the time to read the handbook, as it compiles and implements training-related Legal LOSOCS policy available at the Career Management page of the Defence Legal websites.

The Legal Officer Training Handbook reflects changes arising from the new Legal Education Services contract.

Legal Officer Training Handbook

Strategic Space Law course

Objectives of the workshop
The workshop is intended as a supplement to the Defence Space Overview Course (DSOC) and the Australian Space Executives Course (ASEC) run by DSCO. Further details are available on the DRN at the DSCO Space Education and Training website.

Space law is covered in those two courses to a fundamental level. SSL is directed at ADF and APS personnel (including members of other government departments) who require a more detailed knowledge of law applicable to military space operations. The workshop is not intended for legal officers (other, related training opportunities for legal officers are available through the Contact person for this DEFGRAM).

The format of SSL as a workshop is intended to facilitate better understanding of the applicable law and retention of learning through active participation in analysis of the application of law to the scenario. It recognises that learning in such a complex and emerging area in the abstract is not optimal.

The workshop would typically suit participants at O-4 to O-8 and EL1 to SES2 with a strategic or international relations background. Participants who have recently attended DSOC or ASEC will gain the most from the workshop. A basic understanding of international law is desirable.

SSL will be delivered in Canberra – the exact venue will be confirmed to the selected participants. SSL is PMKeyS reportable. There is no cost for attending this workshop; however travel, accommodation and allowances are the responsibility of each member’s parent unit.

Nominations for this workshop should be forwarded to DSCO by email to no later than Wednesday, 13 August 2014. Emails should include:

  • Name, rank/level, PMKeys No;
  • Phone and email;
  • Current position and an explanation of the relevance of the course to your work;
  • Confirmation that your supervisor supports your enrolment; and
  • Security clearance.

Nominations will be confirmed by a course joining instruction which will be distributed by email no later than 15 August 2014.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Recognition Principles. The following are the recognition principles used when evaluating an RPL application:

a.           Authenticity: the applicant has actually demonstrated the course outcomes or equivalent that are being claimed.
b.           Currency: the learning or competency is still valid and demonstrable.
c.           Quality: the learning claimed is at the required level.
d.           Relevance: the learning is applicable to the area claimed.
e.           Transferability: the learning can be applied in the context sought, if it was the learned in a different context.
f.           Comparability: the assessment mechanisms adopted are to be evidence-based and ensure that learning is comparable in content and standard with the learning for which RPL or credit transfer is sought. The standards applied are to be the same as those applied to assessments conducted in LTM training. To help applicants to clearly demonstrate that they have the required knowledge and skill, it is strongly recommended that they include an evidence matrix, similar to the attached file below.

RPL Evidence Matrix Example

The CPDC has received a number of RPL applications for LTM2 and LTM3 core subjects where the recommendation from DMLC has been to reject the application on the grounds of scope and/or relevance.

When compared to successful applications, in general the unsuccessful RPL applications have either:

a.    not addressed the military aspect of any LTM2 or LTM3 core subjects, or
b.    fail to show sufficient similarity of topics.

Applications need to show that by study or experience the applicant has the full range of learning and skills detailed in the course outline for the requested RPL subject. It is unlikely that a normal university subject taken alone will meet the RPL requirements of an LTM2 subject. Most RPL applications will be significantly improved if the applicant includes details and statements from technical supervisors where they can demonstrate that they have performed the military aspect of the LTM2 subject for which they want RPL. Details should include duration of performance of relevant experience, degree of supervision and growing autonomy, and complexity of tasks. 

For LTM3 core subjects, either a similar approach to LTM2 would be more likely to be successful, or a combination university subjects might be required to provide the same breadth of learning.

Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (APCML)
APCML aims to promote greater understanding of and increased respect for the Rule of Law in all aspects of military affairs both within the Australian Defence Force and amongst militaries in the Asia Pacific Region.

To this end they:

  • Prepare and deliver training programs
  • Organise conferences, workshops, seminars and other activities
  • Promote academic research into key issues, including international humanitarian law, law of peace operations, international criminal law, and arms control & disarmament
  • Produce legal publications and materials
  • Centralise the accumulation and processing of legal lessons learned
  • Undertake and support initiatives to promote and improve the flow of information to legal officers
  • Participate in military exercise design and development
  • Develop relevant relationships within the Asia Pacific Region
  • Develop contacts and mutual exchanges with other academic/military centres and with leading subject matter experts
  • Provide support for deployments, particularly for peace operations

The homepage for APCML can be found at

Relevant Links
The Australian National University Law Faculty 
University of Adelaide Law School 
Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (APCML)

Contact Details

Military Law Centre
Victoria Barracks Building 113
Oxford Street
Paddington 2021
Phone: +61 2 8335 5626
Fax: +61 2 8335 5634
VTC ISDN: +61 2 6143 9231


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