Australian Command and Staff course – Remote

Education provider: Australian War College


Australian Command and Staff course – Remote (ACSC-R) is an 84-day (over 46 weeks) peer course to ACSC for mid-career Australian military officers, selected Defence Public Servants, and state and federal national security and emergency service agencies. ACSC-R mirrors the core modules of ACSC with focus on strategy, planning, capability, command, leadership, and ethics in the context of whole-of-Government domestic and regional operations.

ACSC-R is delivered through a combination of distance learning and residential learning periods of between nine and 14 days each at the Australian Defence College's Weston Campus in the Australian Capital Territory. It commences mid-January and concludes in late November.

Over the period of study, students will enhance critical thinking skills and apply them to complex problems to create innovative solutions.  ACSC-R has a strong focus on preparing selected officers and officials for command and staff appointments in integrated, joint and single-Service environments, developing inter agency networks, and preparing graduates for key whole of government planning and liaison roles.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of the course achieve a post staff course (psc) military qualification. From 2023, as the academic content is delivered in partnership with Deakin University, graduates have the opportunity to be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Military and Defence Studies.



O4/O5 rank. Selection is made by relevant Service HQ to match allocations. Lists of nominated individuals are to be provided to the ADC Admin Coordination Cell at


APS EL1 level. Individuals are to self-nominate to Defence Learning Branch (DLB) IAW the relevant DEFGRAM. DLB will coordinate review of submissions and interviews of short listed candidates with the Course Director and COMDT AWC.

Other Government Agencies (OGA) APS

Specific OGA will receive a formal invitation from COMDT AWC or COM ADC. The OGA are requested to identify and select suitable candidates and notify AWC per instructions in the formal invitation.

International students

Students are selected by their Governments on invitation from the ADF. Nominations are submitted through the ADF International Policy Division (IP) Div Desk Officers. DLB will provide lists of nominated individuals to the ADC Admin Coordination Cell at


ADF | Defence APS | Other Government agencies | International military | International public sector





Annually | January



Australian Defence College
1 Kirkpatrick Street
Weston, ACT 2611


84 days over 46 weeks

JPME level