The Australian Command and Staff Course is a 46 week residential course for mid-career military officers and selected Australian Public Servants. The course is conducted at the Australian Defence College, Weston Campus in the Australian Capital Territory.
Graduates of the course achieve a passed staff course (joint) (psc(j)) military qualification. In addition, based on academic achievement, students may graduate with a post-graduate qualification. Academic content is supported under contract with the Australian National University and students have the opportunity to be awarded either a Graduate Certificate in Military and Defence Studies, a Graduate Diploma of Military and Defence Studies or a Master of Military and Defence Studies.
The course prepares selected officers and officials for command and staff appointments in integrated, joint and single-Service environments at the O5 and O6 level.
The Australian Command and Staff Course curriculum is delivered primarily at Joint Professional Military Education Level Three. It uses historical and contemporary events to test the relevance and applicability of military theory. Students are encouraged to analyse, evaluate and synthesise diverse viewpoints from a broad range of sources, share their experiences, and build enduring networks. Over the period of study, students will enhance critical thinking skills and apply them to complex problems to create innovative solutions.