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Military Law Centre

Military Law Centre

Role

The Australian Defence Force 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 MLC is located at Victoria Barracks, Paddington, Sydney, Australia.

Mission: The mission of the MLC is to contribute to the success of the ADF through the provision of high quality military legal training.

Vision:
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 and innovative training to military legal practitioners, ADF members and support staff.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the MLC include to:

  • Develop and deliver legal education and training to ADF Legal Officers to support ADF operations
  • Provide support to deliver legal education to ADF pre-command courses and other legal courses to support ADF operations
  • Develop and provide guidance relating to military justice and operations law training policy and governance
  • Design and provide guidance in the development and delivery of training material in military law across the ADF
  • Organise conferences and workshops on current legal issues.

Legal Training Modules (LTMs)

The MLC is responsible for the design and delivery of both initial and post-initial employment training (IET and PIET) for ADF Legal Officers. This training is a combination of academic and vocational-based training to equip ADF Legal Officers with the knowledge, skills and attributes to be an effective legal officer at the various points in their ADF career.

All ADF Legal Officers, are required to complete LTMs for career progression. An overview of typical career progression through the LTMs is provided here.

LTM1 Course in 2021

Course

Course Dates

Closing Date for Nominations

Panel Published

LTM1 01/21

18 - 31 Mar 21

18 Jan 21

04 Feb 21

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 2021

Course

Course Dates

Closing Date for Nominations

Panel Published

LTM2 Military Operations Law

01 - 05 Mar 21

04 Jan 21

18 Jan 21

LTM2 Military Administrative Law

07 - 11 Jun 21

12 Apr 21

26 Apr 21

LTM2 Military Discipline Law

30 Aug - 03 Sep 21

05 Jul 21

19 Jul 21

LTM2 Military Legal Practice

29 Nov - 03 Dec 21

04 Oct 21

18 Oct 21

LTM3 Courses in 2021

Course

Course Dates

Closing Date for Nominations

Panel Published

03 - 07 May 21
22 Feb 21
22 Mar 21
LTM3 Advanced Military Discipline Law 02 - 06 Aug 21 24 May 21 21 Jun 21
LTM3 Electives
90/20 1 – List of Approved LTM3 Electives for ANU 2021 – Enclosure 1
90/20 2 – List of Approved LTM3 Electives for UoA 2021 – Enclosure 2
Various 6 weeks prior to course commencement 6 weeks prior to course commencement

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 LTM course (including LTM3 elective), please complete the MLC Course Nomination Form and email to MLC.nominations@defence.gov.au.

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.

MLC 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 from LL4 to LL5

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

For specific course requirements and the empanelment process please MLC.admin@defence.gov.au.

Advanced Inquiry Officer Courses

Calls for nomination for the Military Law Centre’s Advanced Inquiry Officer course are released via DEFGRAM. Nominations must be supported by your respective Service Inquiry Cell.

For further information, please contact the Military Law Centre, MLC.admin@defence.gov.au

Closing Date for Nominations

Panel Published

13 - 15 Apr 21

TBC

05 - 08 Oct 21

TBC

Contact Details

Military Law Centre
Victoria Barracks, Building 113
Oxford Street
Paddington 2021
Phone: +61 2 8222 9093

Email: MLC.admin@defence.gov.au