The ADC is commanded by a two-star officer, currently Major General Mick Ryan since January 2018. Each of the educational organisations is commanded by a one-star officer or Colonel (equivalent), titled Commandant of their organisation.
In 2019, the Australian Defence College implemented its biggest organisational reform in almost two decades. The changes included the amalgamation of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies and the Australian Command and Staff College to form the Australian War College, to focus on Joint Professional Military Education. Individual training delivered by the Australian Defence Force Warfare Training Centre, Peace Operations Training Centre, Defence Force Chaplains College, Defence International Training Centre, and Defence Force School of Languages was centralised in the Australian Defence Force Training Centre.
The first two organisations are sited at a campus at Weston, ACT.
The current Australian Defence College has its origins in the report of the Defence Efficiency Review from May 1997. The report recommended sweeping changes to officer education in the Australian Defence Force.
The Australian Defence College (ADC) was officially opened on 18 January 1999 by the Hon Bruce Scott MP, Minister Assisting the Minister of Defence. The founding Commander of the ADC was Rear Admiral Raydon Gates CSM, RAN.
The first two courses that were run at the new ADC in 1999 were the Defence Staff Course (DSC) and the Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC). In 2000 these two courses were merged to form one course, the Defence and Strategic Studies Course.
On 14 March 2001 the then Governor–General, Sir William Deane, officially opened the Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC). Prior to this date, middle management officer Command and Staff training was conducted at separate single Service staff colleges:
On 1 October 2007 the Australian Defence Force Warfare Centre (ADFWC) came under command of the Commander ADC, as part of the Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group.
In July 2017, the Australian Defence College transferred to the new Joint Capabilities Group.
|Commander, Australian Defence College|
|Commander||Term began||Term ended|
|Rear Admiral Raydon Gates CSM, RAN||January 1999||August 2002|
|Major General Jim Molan AO||August 2002||April 2004|
|Rear Admiral Mark Bonser AO, CSC, RAN||May 2004||January 2006|
|Major General David Morrison AM||January 2006||April 2007|
|Brigadier Brian Dawson AM, CSC (Acting)||April 2007||August 2007|
|Rear Admiral Davyd Thomas AO, CSC, RAN||August 2007||January 2008|
|Commander Joint Education, Training and Warfare|
|Rear Admiral Davyd Thomas AO, CSC, RAN||January 2008||May 2008|
|Rear Admiral James Goldrick AO, CSC, RAN||May 2008||August 2011|
|Major General Craig Orme AM, CSC||August 2011||July 2013|
|Major General Simone Wilkie AO||July 2013||January 2018|
|Major General Mick Ryan AM||January 2018|
On 15 February 2019, the Hon Darren Chester (Australian politician) MP, Minister for Defence Personnel, officially opened the new Australian War College.
The War College delivers the Australian Defence Force’s core Joint Professional Military Education continuum through the War College’s two principal courses: The Australian Command and Staff Course and The Defence Strategic Studies Course.
Both courses use distinguished guest lecturers to give the course a practical context. Visiting Fellows include prominent academics from overseas.
The following is a list of the Commandants, Australian War College.
|Commander||Term began||Term ended|
|Air Commodore Matt Hegarty CSC||January 2019||Present|
In 2019, the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (CDSS) – formerly known as the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies, and the Joint Services Staff College - was amalgamated with the Australian Command and Staff College to form the Australian War College, which is now responsible for the delivery of CDSS' main course, the Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC). The DSSC is intended for senior Service and civilian officers of mainly Colonel (equiv) rank.
The intensive Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC) primarily uses study modules from Australian universities. The DSSC is intended to give officers of the Australian Defence Force, the Australian Public Service and overseas participants the knowledge and skills required by senior leaders and managers operating in the national security environment. The interconnected thematic core curriculum blocks that are:
Successful completion of the DSSC is considered necessary for promotion to Brigadier (equivalent) rank in the Australian Defence Force.
Past Principals Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (CDSS)
The following is a list of the Principals, Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies.
|Principal||Term began||Term ended|
|Paul Varsanyi||18 January 1999||5 January 2005|
|Myra Rowling||6 January 2005||8 December 2005|
|Maurice Hermann||5 January 2006||3 December 2006|
|Dr Alan Ryan||4 December 2006||January 2012|
|Ian Errington||January 2012||February 2018|
|Colonel Charles Weller||February 2018||December 2018|
The Australian Command and Staff Course intellectually prepares future leaders to fulfil command and staff appointments in single-Service, joint, multi-national and interagency environment.
Other courses conducted are:
Other courses are preparations for these:
The Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC) conducts courses intended to prepare field ranking officers (Major / Lieutenant Commander / Squadron Leader) and their Defence civilian equivalent for staff duties and subsequent promotion to command positions.
Past Commandants Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC)
The following is a list of the Commanders, Australian Command and Staff College.
|Commander||Term began||Term ended|
|Air Commodore Peter McDermott AM, CSC||March 2001||December 2002|
|Commodore Campbell "Cam" Darby AM, RAN||December 2002||January 2005|
|Brigadier Michael Clifford CSC||January 2005||July 2005|
|Brigadier Wayne Bowen SC, AM||July 2005||September 2006|
|Brigadier Chris Appleton CSC||February 2007||December 2007|
|Captain Richard McMillan CSC, RAN (acting)||December 2007||March 2008|
|Brigadier Barry McManus CSC||March 2008||January 2009|
|Brigadier Wayne Goodman AM||January 2009||May 2010|
|Commodore Richard Menhinick AM, CSC, RAN||May 2010||2012|
|Brigadier Peter Gates AM, CSM||2012||2017|
|Air Commodore Matt Hegarty CSC||2017||2018|
At about 4.15pm on 30 January 2006, part of the roof collapsed into the staff offices on the second floor used by the ACSC at the Geddes building. Several staff had minor injuries. Classes were moved to the ADFA campus while restoration work was completed.
The Australian Defence Force Training Centre was stood up in 2019 following the Australian Defence College organisational changes and centralised joint individual training for Defence, Government Agencies and selected foreign students.
The ADFTC is as follows:
The following is a list of the Commandants, Australian Defence Force Training Centre.
|Commander||Term began||Term ended|
|Captain Ray Leggatt AM, CSC, RAN||January 2019||Present|
The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is the educational institution for trainee officers of the Australian Defence Force, offering three- and four-year primary degrees, and postgraduate degrees.
ADFA's academic services are provided by the University of New South Wales Canberra and academic and some support staff are employed by the university. Military staff conduct a separate Joint Military Education and Training program to prepare the trainee officers for their military careers.
Current Commandant: Commodore Peter James Leavy (ADFA Class of '86)
Rector: Professor Michael Frater
The Australian Defence Organisation (abbreviated as ADO and commonly referred to simply as Defence) is an Australian Government organisation that consists of both the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the civilian Department of Defence personnel supporting the ADF whose two purposes are to "defend Australia and its national interests" and "protect and advance Australia's strategic interests".Chief of Joint Capabilities
The Chief of Joint Capabilities (CJC) is the head of the Joint Capabilities Group (JCG) in the Australian Department of Defence, part of the Australian Defence Organisation. This position was created on 1 July 2017. The current chief is Air Marshal Warren McDonald.Chief of the Defence Force (Australia)
The Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) is the professional head of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the most senior uniformed military adviser to the Minister for Defence. The current Chief of the Defence Force is General Angus Campbell, who took office on 6 July 2018.Dave Cochrane (Canadian Forces officer)
Brigadier General David Bruce "Dave" Cochrane, MSM, CD is a Royal Canadian Air Force officer. Brig. Gen. Cochrane is currently the Commander National Cadet and Junior Canadian Ranger Support Group in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. He succeeded BGen Kelly Woiden.
Col. Cochrane assumed command of CFB Trenton, as well as the primary lodger unit for the base, 8 Wing, on February 19, 2010 eleven days after his predecessor, Russell Williams, was formally charged under the Criminal Code with two counts of first-degree murder along with two counts of forcible confinement and two counts of break and enter and sexual assault.Col. Cochrane graduated from Royal Military College of Canada in 1986 with a degree in mechanical engineering, and later qualified as a navigator. In 2009, he deployed overseas for six months and served in the War in Afghanistan as commanding officer of Theatre Support Element Roto 8.Colonel Dave Cochrane was promoted to the Rank of Brigadier General in Royal Canadian Air Force on 11 February 2015.He transferred command of CFB Trenton in August 2011. He graduated from the year-long Australian Defence College, Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies Course. Brigadier-General Cochrane assumed the position of Senior Advisor to the National Security Advisor in the Privy Council Office in Ottawa in early 2013. Promoted to Brigadier-General in 2015, he assumed the position of Commander 2 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg overseeing individual training and education for RCAF officers and non-commissioned members (NCMs). was appointed to the command of 2 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg.
In summer 2018, BGen Cocharane was be appointed Commander National Cadet and Junior Canadian Ranger Support Group in Ottawa, succeeding BGen Kelly Woiden.David Morrison
Lieutenant General David Lindsay Morrison (born 24 May 1956) is a retired senior officer of the Australian Army. He served as Chief of Army from June 2011 until his retirement in May 2015. He was named Australian of the Year for 2016.Davyd Thomas
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The first Allied shots of World War I were fired when a gun at Fort Nepean fired across the bow of the German freighter Pfalz, as she was attempting to escape to sea. The orders to fire came from Fort Queenscliff. The same gun, with a different barrel, also fired the first Allied shot of World War II. By 1946 coastal artillery was outmoded, and the Fort became home of the Army Command and Staff College. After the three Service Staff Colleges were combined into the Australian Defence College in Canberra, it became the base for Army's Soldier Career Management Agency in 2001.
Fort Queenscliff is located in the Borough of Queenscliffe, some 106 km from Melbourne, on the western side of the entrance to Port Phillip. It occupies an area of 6.7 hectares on high ground known as Shortland's Bluff and overlooks the shipping lanes leading to Melbourne and Geelong. The Fort is a superb example of the defences that existed around the coastline of Australia from colonial times through to the end of the Second World War. Considerable restoration has been accomplished at Fort Queenscliff in recent years, including the recovery and refurbishment of some of the original guns, the restoration of historic buildings, and the development of a comprehensive indoor display and archival centre. Fort Queenscliff has been classified by the National Trust and entered in the Register of the National Estate.
A museum was established at Fort Queenscliff in 1982 to show the significance of the Fort in the local, state and national context and to provide a centre for historical research.James Goldrick
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Andrew James Molan, (born 11 April 1950) is an Australian politician and former major general in the Australian Army. He was a Senator for New South Wales from December 2017 to June 2019, representing the Liberal Party.
During his military career, Molan was commanding officer of the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, commander of the 1st Brigade, commander of the 1st Division and its Deployable Joint Force Headquarters, and commander of the Australian Defence College. In April 2004, he deployed for a year to Iraq to serve as Chief of Operations for the new Headquarters Multinational Force in Iraq. He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, as well as the Legion of Merit by the U.S. government. He retired from the Australian Army in 2008, and later that year released his first book, Running the War in Iraq.
Following his retirement from the Australian Army, Molan was appointed by the Abbott Government as a special envoy for Operation Sovereign Borders and was subsequently credited with being an architect of the coalition's Stop the Boats Australian border protection and asylum-seeker policies. In 2016, Molan unsuccessfully stood as a Liberal Party candidate for the Senate in New South Wales at the 2016 federal election. In December 2017, during the parliamentary eligibility crisis, the High Court declared him elected in place of Fiona Nash, who was ineligible to stand.Jone Baledrokadroka
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Mick Ryan may refer to:
Mick Ryan (Australian footballer) (1882–1957), Australian rules footballer for Collingwood
Mick Ryan (Gaelic footballer) (born 1946), Irish retired Gaelic footballer
Mick Ryan (golfer) (1897–1965), Australian amateur golfer
Mick Ryan (hurler) (1925–2007), Irish hurler
Mick Ryan (politician) (1884–1970), Australian politician
Mick Ryan (rower) (born 1947), Irish Olympic rower
Mick Ryan (rugby league) (born 1953), Australian rugby league footballer
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Rear Admiral Raydon William Gates, (born 1 January 1952) is a retired senior officer of the Royal Australian Navy. He was later the chief executive of Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand from 2010 to 2016.Roland Rich
Roland Rich (born 2 May 1951) is an Australian career diplomat who has been the head of the United Nations Democracy Fund since 2007, and is also Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Office for Partnerships. Rich was Australia's Ambassador to Laos from 1994 to 1997, and founding Director of the Australian National University's Centre for Democratic Institutions from 1998 to 2005. He has also been a research fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy and served on the Australian Defence College staff.Rich joined Australia's foreign service in 1975 and served in a variety of overseas posts, including Ambassador to Laos (1994 to 1997), before being appointed Assistant Secretary for the International Organisations Branch in Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (1997-1998). He was then founding Director of the Australian National University's Centre for Democratic Institutions from 1998 to 2005. He was a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy in 2005, and then taught in the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies of the Australian Defence College.A lawyer by training, Rich followed a BA in Government/Anthropology from the University of Sydney (1972) with an LLB (1975, University of Sydney) and a Masters in International Law (Australian National University, 1982). He also holds a PhD from the Australian National University.Simone Wilkie
Major General Simone Louise Wilkie, (née Burt, born 1964) is a retired Australian Army officer who was the Australian Deputy National Commander in the War in Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012. She was Assistant Chief of Staff to General David Petraeus during the Iraq War troop surge of 2007, and was the first female Commanding Officer of the Royal Military College, Duntroon and Commandant at the Army Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka. In March 2013 the Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, announced her promotion to major general to take over as Commander of the Australian Defence College in July 2013.Timoci Natuva
Colonel Timoci Lesikivatukoula Natuva (born 1957 in Wainibokasi, Tailevu) is a former Fijian politician and Member of the Parliament of Fiji. He has previously served as Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence.Natuva is a former Colonel in the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. He holds a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from Deakin University. He attended Sawani Village School and later Lelean Memorial School. He has had over 30 years of military experience. Between 1989–90, he Company Commandered with 2FIR in Sinai. He was appointed Chief Operations Officer Civil Military Affairs at the UNTAET in Dili, East Timor and Darwin, Australia, and between 1992–93, he was appointed Military Advisor to the UN Secretary General in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2001, he assumed the position of Chief-of-Staff of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). In 2007 he was appointed to be Contingent Commander of the First Fiji Infantry Regiment, Fiji Guard Unit for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).
Natuva has attended various institutions including Royal Australian Naval College, Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies at Honolulu, Naval and the Post Graduate School at Monterey California. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Defence College of Strategic Studies at Canberra, Australia.
Natuva was elected to Parliament in the 2014 election, in which he won 2,691 votes. He was appointed to Cabinet as Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence in September 2014. in August 2016 he resigned as a Minister in order to spend more time with his family. He was replaced as an MP by Howard Politini.Weston, Australian Capital Territory
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