Defence and Industry Study Course 2024


The aim of the Defence and Industry Study Course is to promote a better understanding and engagement of both Defence and industry in order to improve Australia's Defence industry capability and national security. This course 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 capability for armed forces. This is achieved through a series of industry and Defence base visits, and expert speakers.

The course is an asset for all executives seeking to expand knowledge of Defence and industry, as well as those aiming for senior management roles. It is specifically designed to enhance the skills of current leaders, project managers, and senior executives working within businesses that supply the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The course provides a professional environment for forging lasting networks with cohort members, offering extensive networking opportunities with key decision-makers from within Defence, Government, and industry.

The course fee covers all costs associated with delivery of each module from the time the participant arrives at the departure airport until return, including all accommodation, meals, access to venues, and transport.

Participants must commit to attending all modules in order to graduate from the course.

Learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • enhance the relationship between Defence and industry by promoting a shared understanding of capabilities and processes
  • develop an informed understanding of the Defence structure, how the Groups/Services interact, and how Defence operates (industry attendees)
  • develop an informed appreciation of how businesses - at different levels in the sector - operate, interact, and plan, including the different drivers and business motivations (defence or public sector attendees)
  • develop ongoing networks between Defence and industry peers to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of interactions
  • gain exposure to the functions and use of military equipment in the operating environment
  • have access to Defence and industry sites and senior personnel to facilitate knowledge transfer and engagement, particularly on lessons learnt.

Syndicate work

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 offer guidance.

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.


The course is aimed at specific audiences.

  • Managers, project managers or key members working in a position in a company engaged, or planning to be engaged, in business with Defence.
  • Members of the ADF (MAJ-COL (E)) or a defence employee (Executive Level 1 - SES 1).
  • Employees in Australian Federal Government and State and Territory agencies, at an executive level.
  • Academics and researchers engaged in national security, innovation or technology readiness.


Applications open on Monday 22 January 2024 and close 5 pm AEST on Friday 1 March 2024.

Prior to lodging an application, prospective attendees must receive endorsement from employer and acknowledge this in the application form.

Applicants need to complete the application form, select ‘Submit form’ on page 4 of the form, and attach a passport size photo of themselves to the email prior to sending.

Nominations will be considered by a selection panel.

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Defence & Industry Study Course nomination form (PDF, 185.42 KB)





1 Jun 2024 – 31 Dec 2024
Annually | Four 1-week modules over 7 months

Module 1 (Intro + Land): 2 - 7 June
Module 2 (Maritime): 18 - 23 August
Module 3 (Air/Space): 13 - 18 October
Module 4 (Strategy/Policy): 1 - 6 December


In person
Module 1: VIC
Module 2: WA | SA
Module 3: QLD | NSW
Module 4: ACT


$11,000 + GST