The current Defence & Industry Study Course (DISC) evolved from the Industrial Mobilisation Course which commenced in 1954 as an outcome from post-war reviews identifying the deep divides and lack of knowledge between the public and private sectors involved in national security. The primary aim has been, and remains, to promote a better understanding and engagement of both Defence and industry in order to improve Australia's Defence industry capability and thus national security.
The course delivers Australian Defence Force (ADF), Defence, other Federal and State agencies, and industry executives with an enhanced understanding of Defence business whilst also improving the collective knowledge of Australia's defence industry.
Defence recognises industry as a fundamental input to capability and as such industry will play a significant role in developing, delivering and sustaining the capability outlined in the 2016 Defence White Paper. Defence must also evolve as a 'Smart Buyer'. DISC brings together and exposes participants to key aspects of the environment in which Defence and industry will need to navigate, collaborate and partner in order to successfully deliver and sustain equipment for our forces.
DISC is an annual course delivered in four one week Modules over approximately seven months. Each DISC is comprised of a balanced mix of ADF officers from all three services together with Australian Public Service employees from various Defence groups and agencies, and industry participants who are selected to represent the different sectors, states/territories and scale of company (SMEs/Primes).
The course provides a professional environment for forging lasting networks with cohort members together with extensive networking opportunities with key decision makers from within Defence, Government and industry. Participants will also work in syndicates to undertake a research activity and develop deliverables centred on current issues.
The cost for 2020 is $9000 plus GST, and is tax deductable. The course fee covers all costs associated with delivery of each module from the time the participant arrives at their local airport until return, including all accommodation, all meals, access to venues, and all transport.
Following successful completion of the course, you will also receive a two year membership of the Defence Industry Courses Alumni.
The course runs for approximately 28 days, and comprises four modules spread over a seven month period. Participants must commit to attending all modules in order to graduate from the DISC.
Further to the structured program, syndicate work will be required during, and outside of course dates. Participants will be allocated to a working group in order to develop a presentation on an assigned topic. Each syndicate topic is different and a mentor will also be assigned to assist and guide you. The syndicate will present to senior Defence and industry executives during the final module of the course. This is followed by completion of a 3000-3500 word paper on the topic by the syndicate. At each module, applicants should be aware that there will be course deliverables in the form of written submissions and/or presentations leading to the final paper.
As examples, some previous syndicate topics were:
Course dates for 2020
Module 1: 9 - 15 May in Canberra and Victoria (Introduction and Land environment)
Module 2: 26 - 31 July in Queensland and New South Wales (Air environment)
Module 3: 15 - 25 September in South Australia and Northern Territory (Maritime and Air environments)
Module 4: 22 - 27 November in Sydney and Canberra (Logistics and Strategic Overview)
Who should apply to join the DISC?
The DISC is an asset for all executives seeking to expand their knowledge of Defence and industry as well as those aiming for senior management roles.
DISC is geared to enhance the skills of current leaders, project managers and senior executives working within businesses that supply the ADF.
As a participant of the DISC you will join other like-minded executives that have the drive to improve their knowledge of Defence business.
Prior to lodging your application to attend the course, you must get endorsement from your employer and acknowledge this in the application form.
Your nomination will then be considered by a selection panel.
How to apply
Applications for the DISC 2020 are now open. Applications close at 1700 hours (5pm) Friday 28 February 2020.
Application Form: DISC Nomination Form 2020
General enquires about the course can be made to the DISC Management Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.