AUSTRALIAN COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE
Part 1 – Overview of the Australian Command and Staff Course
The Australian Command and Staff Course 102
Academic Staff 109
Syndicate Directing Staff 110
Reporting and Assessment 112
Graduate Qualifications 114
Part 2 – Course Delivery
Pre-Course Preparation 201
Component Delivery 202
Annual Planner 2005 206
Course Body 2006 207
ACSC Orientation Program 2006 208
Weekly Program 209
Typical Daily Timetable 210
Educational Methods 212
Recognition of Prior Learning 217
Methods of Instruction 218
Syndicate Tutorials 221
Individual Exercises 222
Group Exercises 223
Course Member Talks 224
Syndicate Discussions 225
Study Notes 229
Course Member Research 230
Social Program 246
A. Annual Program
Part 3 – Administrative Information and Documentation Required
Australian Defence Force Personnel Centre – Canberra 304
Personal Particulars 311
Pay and Allowances 312
Dress Policy 319
Name Tags 323
Travel Documents 324
Duty Travel and Incidental Allowances 325
ADC Medical and Dental Facilities 327
Medical Treatment 328
Security Passes 330
Temporary Accommodation Allowances 336
Movement from Overseas 337
Accompanied CMs (MWD) 338
Single CMs (MWOD & MWD(S)) 339
Rental Assistance 340
Private Rental Accommodation 341
MQ Charges 342
RA/TAA Claims 343
Defence Community Organisation 345
The Family Information Network for Defence (FIND) 349
Defence Families of Australia (DFA) 350
A. Personal Particulars Proforma
B. Example personal biography
C. Direct Credit Authorisation Form
D. Rental Allowance Local Conditions and Supporting Documentation
E. Movement to ACSC from an Overseas Posting
F. Claims Documentation Check List
Part 4 – Australian Defence College Location and Facilities
Daily Travel and Parking 404
Smoking Policy 408
On Site Banking 409
Information Technology 410
A. Map showing the location of Weston Creek in the ACT
B. Map showing location of the Australian Defence College in Weston Creek
C. Site layout of the Australian Defence College Campus
Part 5 – Community Information
Weather and Clothing 505
Tourist Attractions and Places of Interest 506
Canberra/Queanbeyan Emergency Numbers 507
ACT Government Shopfronts 508
TV and Domestic Appliances 511
Firearm Laws 514
Public Transport 515
Motor Vehicle and Associated Information
Driving Licences 521
Vehicle Registration 522
Traffic and Motor Vehicle-Related Offences 525
Motor Vehicle Enquires 526
Government Schools 530
Primary Schools 532
High Schools 533
Secondary Colleges 535
Catholic Education 537
Non-Governments Schools 538
Education in the Canberra/Queanbeyan Area 539
Contact Details 540
Immunisation Policy 542
Medical Centres 546
Community Health Centres 547
Child Health Clinics 548
Community Services 549
Sport and Recreational Activities 551
Utilities and Domestic Services 553
AUSTRALIAN COMMAND AND STAFF COURSE
1. This Joining Instruction has been produced to assist you with your pre-Course
preparation activities. For ease of reference, the information is presented in five parts as
a. Part 1 – Overview of the Australian Command and Staff Course;
b. Part 2 – Course Delivery;
c. Part 3 – Administrative Information and Documentation Required;
d. Part 4 – Australian Defence College Location And Facilities; and
e. Part 5 – Community Information.
2. Part 3 contains several forms and requests for information requiring your immediate
attention. You must complete the appropriate forms and return them to:
Manager, Training Coordination
Australian Defence College - Weston
Department of Defence
CANBERRA ACT 2600
3. Your forms should be returned as soon as possible. The information is used to produce
a database for personal and academic records, syndicate composition, social directories and
other Course related requirements.
4. You are to report to the reception desk in the Geddes building at 0800 hrs on 23 January
2006. If you expect any difficulties in meeting this requirement you are to ring the reception
desk on (02) 6266 0611.
5. Questions relating to this instruction should be addressed in the first instance to the
Training Coordination Manager:
Local Phone: (02) 6266 0313 / (02) 6266 0312
International Phone: 61 2 6266 0313 / 61 2 6266 0312
Local Fax: (02) 6266 0450
International Fax: 61 2 6266 0450
AUSTRALIAN COMMAND AND STAFF COURSE
PART 1—OVERVIEW OF THE AUSTRALIAN COMMAND AND
101. The Australian Defence College (ADC) is located at Weston Creek in the south–west of
Canberra. It was opened in January 1999, replacing the Australian College of Defence and
Strategic Studies and the Joint Services Staff College. The ADC is commanded by Rear
Admiral Mark Bonser, AO, CSC, RAN and caters for the education of middle and senior
ranking Australian military officers, Australian defence civilians, and international military
officers. In addition to the ACSC, the ADC also delivers the Defence and Strategic Studies
Course from the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies.
The Australian Command and Staff Course
102. The ACSC brings together officers from all three Australian Defence Services,
Defence civilians and officers from international Defence forces. While upholding the unique
traditions and ethos of the single Services, the joint Course will provide opportunities for all
those involved to build networks and experience the teamwork vital to the future success of
joint and integrated operations.
103. The ACSC is a 48 week residential course designed for 180 Course Members
a. 25 Royal Australian Navy;
b. 60 Australian Army;
c. 36 Royal Australian Air Force;
d. 15 Defence civilians; and
e. 44 overseas Course members, (CMs), from the region and beyond.
104. The ACSC is a military course conducted in a military environment dedicated to
providing the highest standard of professional development for future leaders of the
Australian Defence Force.
105. Staff and CMs are expected to share in a commitment to excellence that will be
achieved in a supportive environment whose characteristics are:
a. a focus on active learning, offering CMs the opportunity to participate in all
aspects of the Course;
b. wherever possible, the use of real world rather than fictitious problems;
c. encouragement of individual experimentation and creativity;
d. cooperative teamwork;
e. open and honest sharing of information and knowledge;
f. support for the personal and professional growth of all CMs; and
g. respect and fairness towards all CMs, regardless of rank, Service, gender,
nationality, religion, culture, experience or expertise.
106. The ACSC vision is ‘promoting excellence in war-fighting and developing quality
107. The aim of the ACSC is ‘to prepare selected career officers for command and staff
appointments in single Service, joint and integrated environments’.
108. The ACSC is designed to develop CMs into military leaders, who seek knowledge,
value intellectual capital and demonstrate:
a. timely and appropriate decision making;
b. productive participation in, and leadership of, multi-disciplinary teams;
c. use of critical reflection to identify opportunities for improvement;
d. flexibility, imagination, adaptability, common sense and innovation;
e. successful problem solving; and
f. effective work in an environment of complexity and uncertainty.
109. Brigadier Wayne Bowen SC, AM, is the Commandant of the ACSC. The Commandant
is currently supported by:
a. Three O-6 Directors of Study;
b. 25 Directing Staff at the O-5 and one or two Australian Public Service Executive
Level One (EL-1) grade; and
c. Training Development, Coordination and Technologist staff, Visiting Lecturers,
and administration support staff.
d. Endorsed service providers from the TBA.
Syndicate Directing Staff
110. The ACSC uses the traditional Staff College syndicate system in which CMs are
grouped in small syndicates, under the guidance of a member of the Directing Staff (DS).
The Syndicate DS are responsible to the Director of Studies (DOS) for the implementation of
the education and training program for their syndicates. DS are tasked to assist CMs in their
achievement of course objectives.
111. Except during the single Service component, CMs will work in syndicates composed of
approximately twelve members from each Service, civilian CMs, and overseas CMs.
Syndicate composition will be rearranged periodically throughout the year.
Reporting and Assessment
112. Course reporting will focus on assessment of a CMs potential for promotion and future
employment. It will also provide a record of a CMs academic, personal and professional
performance on the Course. This assessment will be reflected in a common end of Course
report for all CMs.
113. Potential for promotion will be based on observed Course performance throughout the
year and will highlight the extent to which ACSC staff believe a CM will progress in his/her
career. This narrative will include identification of those CMs who have clear potential for
higher rank, and those who clearly do not.
114. Successful CMs will be awarded the post nominal ‘psc(j)’ and be awarded a Graduate
Diploma of Management in Defence Studies under the authority of the ACT Accreditation
and Registration Council.
115. CMs will also be offered the opportunity, through additional course workload and
assessment criteria, to achieve a Masters of Management in Defence Studies awarded by the
TBA. You should note that this post-graduate qualification would only be awarded to those
CMs who achieve the required accreditation standard set by the University, currently a
minimum standard of 65% (credit).
116. Details of the civilian accreditation of the course can be found at the ACSC Web Site.
AUSTRALIAN COMMAND AND STAFF COURSE
PART 2—COURSE DELIVERY
201. While no formal pre-Course study is prescribed, CMs are advised to take advantage of
spare time to revise English grammar, basic writing skills and oral and written
communication. If you do not have basic keyboard and computer literacy skills in the use of
Microsoft Office, particularly Word and PowerPoint, you should make time now to become
familiar with these products. The e-mail system used within the College is Microsoft
202. The Australian Command and Staff Course has three components. The components are
Foundation Studies, Single Service and Joint Operations. A description of each component
can be found in the ACSC Handbook on the ACSC homepage.
203. Military subject matter experts, including ACSC staff and visiting lecturers, will teach
the majority of the Joint Operations and Single Service components of the course. An
external consortium, in partnership with ACSC staff, will teach the Foundation Studies
204. Considerable time is allocated for individual research to support major written
assignments; however, out of hours effort will be required.
205. The main content of the ACSC will be delivered at the Weston Creek campus; however,
there are a number of external visits included in the course. For example, during the
Foundation Studies time, Australian and overseas tours will be undertaken in terms 1 and 2.
Up to one week will be spent at an external site to conduct a management audit as part of the
Command, Leadership and Strategic Management module. Overseas CMs will also undertake
a short familiarisation tour to remote parts of Australia towards the end of the year.
Annual Planner 2006
206. As illustrated by the 2005 Annual Planner at annex A to this part, the ACSC is divided
into four terms. This outline program is attached as a general guide only. CMs should not
make firm commitments based on the information contained in the Planner. Term changes do
not necessarily indicate any discontinuity in the Course content or conduct. Rather, they are
the cue for a change in the composition of syndicates. Do not expect to be granted periods of
leave whilst on Course.
Course Body – 2006
207. A nominal roll will be provided to you on your first day.
208. A copy of the ACSC Administration and Orientation Program 2006 will be issued to
you on the first day of the Course
209. A detailed program of activity is issued each Thursday for the following week. This
weekly program is the primary authority for all course activity.
Typical Daily Timetable
210. A typical day of instruction will include:
Scuttlebutt Briefing (Friday only) 0800 – 0820
First Academic Session 0830 - 1000
Morning Tea 1000 - 1030
Second Academic Session 1030 – 1200
Lunch 1200 – 1330
Third Academic Session 1330 – 1500
Afternoon Break 1500 – 1510
Fourth Academic Session 1510 – 1640
211. You should note that each academic session consists of two 40-minute periods
separated by a ten-minute break. Further, not all academic sessions will be scheduled for
formal instruction and may be programmed for individual research, preparation, sport, etc.
212. To ensure the relevance of the educative aspects of the curriculum, maximum
opportunity is provided for CMs to practise and demonstrate lateral thinking, rationality and
the ability to analyse and synthesise complex issues. Just as importantly, CMs are encouraged
to develop effective habits of working with written and spoken ideas.
213. The ACSC syllabus is implemented through a program of activities which include
individual study and research, lectures, guided discussions, panel discussions, seminars and
briefings, oral and written exercises, and visits to Service and civilian establishments. Many
of these activities involve experts from outside agencies such as universities, industrial and
commercial organisations, and State and Federal Government departments.
214. The Course seeks to achieve an appropriate balance between CM–centred and
instructor–centred learning techniques. The overall emphasis is on self–motivated, CM–
centred learning, and the ACSC environment is organised towards achieving this.
215. A principal characteristic of the Course design is that CMs are placed in an active role
whenever possible. The onus is on the CM to derive the maximum value from each of the
course activities. Passive situations such as lectures and films are followed, where possible,
by active situations such as discussions and individual or group exercises. Consequently, a
high degree of motivation by CMs towards participation in Course activities is essential if
maximum benefit is to be gained from the Course.
216. The maintenance of an environment conducive to individual research and inquiry and
with freedom to express one's views is an important part of the ACSC approach to learning.
Full and free expression of reasoned opinion on the part of lecturers, DS and CMs is essential.
Fresh, independent views are sought on all matters relating to the course. There is no one
correct staff solution at the College - arguments stand or fall on merit.
Recognition of Prior Learning
217. Recognition of Prior Learning is not granted for any component of the Course because
of the vocational nature of the ACSC. All CMs are required to participate in all modules.
Methods of Instruction
218. Every effort is made to simulate the environment into which ACSC graduates will be
posted. Thus the passive 'pouring in' of factual information is kept to a minimum. CMs are
given the opportunity by gaming, simulation, role-playing and in various other exercises to
practise command and staff activities in which they can expect to be engaged after graduation.
CMs research and present solutions, theories and suggested approaches to problems.
219. A conscious effort is made to avoid inundating CMs with too much information, by
providing only the necessary fundamental information and the appropriate catalyst to promote
progressive and free-ranging thought. CMs should not become lost in an avalanche of
‘important’ information. Rather they are encouraged to ‘sieve’ the information by practising
critical issue analysis.
220. Lectures. Lectures are generally of 40 minutes duration and are given by an expert in
the subject area. A short break is taken on completion of the talk, followed by a discussion
period of 40 minutes. As lecturers normally cover a subject broadly, CMs should attempt to
derive maximum value from the discussion period by planning their questions in advance.
221. Syndicate Tutorials. Tutorials are primarily conducted by DS to reinforce theory
presented in lectures. Their secondary role is to give CMs guidance in following recognised
staff procedures and methods. Case studies are frequently analysed in tutorials to encourage
CMs to think critically about how management concepts are applied. The cases deal with
specific situations, problems or decisions, all of them typical and common in Defence,
business or other organisations.
222. Individual Exercises. Individual exercises set each course member a problem, state the
conditions within which the solution is to be derived, and give the immediate supporting
information. These exercises develop the CMs' ability to assemble information, solve
simulated problems and present solutions logically.
223. Group Exercises. Group exercises are similar in concept to individual exercises but
have the additional objectives of:
a. exposing CMs to the more comprehensive staff situations representative of those
handled by a team of staff officers;
b. exercising CMs in solving problems and preparing solutions as members of a
c. exercising CMs in giving oral team briefs to senior officers;
d. enabling CMs to benefit from each other’s skills, knowledge and experience; and
e. enabling staff to assess CMs’ performance in a group situation.
224. Course Member Talks. During the Course each course member will be required to
give a number of talks. These oral presentations include public speaking, briefings, debating
and impromptu speaking; they may be given in either a formal or informal manner, depending
upon the exercise requirements.
225. Syndicate Discussions. In syndicate discussions, CMs consider selected topics in their
syndicate groups with DS acting as facilitators, may be selected to open the debate by
speaking on some aspect of the subject.
226. The majority of staff officers work in team situations as members of projects,
directorates or headquarters staff. The effective staff officer is that officer who has the
necessary staff skills and the ability to work cohesively with other members of the team to
achieve the desired outcome. Teamwork is practised at the ACSC in virtually all exercises
and syndicate activities. A CM’s ability to work with others as a team to produce the desired
outcome is assessed and included in their Course report.
229. Study Notes are prepared to cover the range of activities in each study period. They
outline the aim and objectives of each phase of the Course and are issued to CMs at the start
of the relevant study period. Their purpose is to assist CMs in planning their work, in time
allocation, or in matters of Course or personal administration. Study Notes provide such
a. the purpose, date and timing of activities;
b. the scope of lectures;
c. CM duties for activities; and
d. related reading for activities.
Course Member Research
230. Many Course activities, particularly exercises, syndicate discussions and tutorials, use
prepared information and references issued to CMs at the start of the activity. Some activities
require extensive use of library resources for research purposes. In addition, the scope of
lectures is such that they only introduce topics and provide a basis for further discussion and
inquiry. If tutorials and discussions are to be of value, CMs should have an appropriate level
of background knowledge to ensure that the topic is fully explored via selective reading.
231. In addition, CMs are expected to be aware of current events in both the domestic and
international areas, and should keep up to date on Defence-related subjects. For these reasons
CMs should make frequent use of the College library facilities.
232. The workload on individual CMs is generated mainly by the requirement to complete
exercises on schedule, prepare material for presentations, study for examinations and
complete necessary background reading. The following points should be noted:
a. The workload varies according to the requirements of each activity, and is not
constant. There are some periods of intensive activity.
b. The amount of time CMs have to spend to meet the Course schedule will depend
on their background knowledge and their experience of the subject under study.
c. CMs are expected to organise their time and develop a work routine within the
framework of weekly programs.
246. ACSC sport and social functions are arranged throughout the year. Functions range
from formal mixed and unaccompanied Mess dinners, to theme nights designed and organised
by you and your peers.
247. Much of the Course is spent preparing for lectures and central discussions and in
syndicate and sub-syndicate work. These activities require you to communicate effectively in
order to contribute, to get the best value from the Course, and to enable you to provide others
with the full benefit of your knowledge and experience. It is appreciated that you are
approaching a busy time of the year, but some time spent refreshing basic reading and writing
skills prior to the Course will pay dividends.
A. Outline ACSC Annual Planner
ANNEX A TO PART 2
ACSC Draft Program -2006
AUSTRALIAN COMMAND AND STAFF COURSE
PART 3—ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION AND
301. This part of the Joining Instruction has been produced to assist you with your pre-
Course administration. It provides you with the administrative details you need to adequately
prepare yourself for attendance at the ACSC. It is essential that you complete all your
personal administration, particularly housing, prior to the start of the ACSC, as there will be
very limited time available for such matters once the Course commences.
302. There is no orderly room/coxswains office at the Australian Defence College (ADC).
ADC staff will only undertake those administrative details associated with the delivery of the
ACSC. ADF Army and Air Force personnel administration in the Canberra area is centralised
in the ADF Personnel Centre-Canberra (ADFPC-C) located at Campbell Park offices (CP2-3-
011). RAN personnel are administered by HMAS Harman. Removals and housing for all
ADF personnel are coordinated through DHA via the National Services and Support Centre
(NSSC) and the Canberra Housing Management Centre (CHMC) respectively. Details of the
ADFPC-C, NSSC and the CHMC are given later in this section.
303. CMs are to include, with the completed Personal Particulars Proforma, a personal
biography of approximately 200 words. An example biography is attached at Annex B to this
The Australian Defence Force Personnel Centre — Canberra (ADFPC-C)
304. The ADFPC-C provides all administrative support to Army and RAAF personnel posted
to Canberra and pay and discharge administration for RAN personnel.
305. Army and RAAF personnel administered by ADFPC-C will be required to conduct an
inward clearance for the delivery of their individual personnel documents and the provision of
personal particulars eg. workplace location and contact phone number.
306. Army and RAAF course members are encouraged to use the ADFPC-C web page
to conduct personnel administration, wherever possible, and complete their personnel
administration before joining the ACSC.
The webpage, http://www.defweb6.cbr.defence.gov.au/adfpcc/, lists the services
provided by the ADFPC-C, including useful links to forms and other services, together with
staff contact phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
307. If CMs need to visit the ADFPC-C, entry is via B Node of Campbell Park at the address
shown below. Limited short-term parking is available in the front of Campbell Park and
unlimited parking is available to the rear. Written enquires should be addressed to:
Department of Defence
CANBERRA ACT 2600
308. Other than for pay and discharge administration, HMAS Harman remains the
administrative centre for all RAN members posted to the Canberra region. Their point of
contact at HMAS HARMAN is the Captains Secretary who may be contacted on 02 6266
309. All regimental/unit documents and personal files except medical files, for Army and
RAAF CMs, can either be handed in to the ADFPC–C before joining the Course or given to
ADC staff during the ACSC orientation briefings programmed during the first week. RAN
CMs are to ensure that their documents, with the exception of their medical and dental
records, are forwarded to the Captains Secretary at HMAS HARMAN.
310. Medical documents for all ADF CMs are to be handed into the College Medical Centre.
Dental documents should be handed to the ACSC Training Coordination Cell.
311. Attached at Annex A is a ‘Personal Particulars Proforma’. You are to complete and
return the form in accordance with the instructions on the form. You must not delay the
return of the form and details to questions marked with an ‘*’ can be provided after you join
Pay and Allowances
312. Pay and allowances for CMs will be administered as follows:
a. ADF CMs, including RAN, are administered by the ADFPC-C; and
b. Australian Defence Civilian CMs are administered by CPAC.
313. Change of Pay Station will be affected as part of the inward clearance procedure. ADF
CMs should, however, ensure that allowances applicable to their previous posting, eg
Seagoing Allowance, are ceased prior to arrival at ACSC.
314. CMs are to be present for all programmed activities except during periods designed for
private study or exercise preparation, which may be undertaken away from the ADC.
Approval to be absent from other activities may be granted for compelling personal reasons.
CMs seeking approval to be absent are to consult their Directing Staff (DS).
315. Leave, other than of a compassionate nature, will not normally be granted during the
Course year and this should be taken into account by officers posted to the ACSC when
planning their pre-joining leave. There will be a five day mid year break and two shorter
study recess periods during the Course, which have been timed to coincide with local school
316. When Course requirements permit, CMs may take weekend leave from the completion
of programmed activities on Friday, until 0800 hours the following Monday.
319. Single Service summer or winter uniform, as appropriate, is normally to be worn at the
ADC during scheduled working hours. The Commandant may require specific uniforms to be
worn on particular occasions (eg. Mess Kit for formal dinners). Civilian CMs will be required
to wear various styles of formal, casual and working clothes that match (as closely as
possible) the styles of uniforms worn by the military CMs.
320. CMs and staff are not normally required to wear headdress within the ADC perimeter.
Headdress is, however, to be worn by military personnel when on duty outside the ADC
321. CMs engaged in private study at home may wear plain clothes to visit the ADC during
working hours and casual clothing outside of working hours when using the ADC facilities.
322. Dress in the ADC Mess must conform to the standard laid down in the Mess Rules.
323. CMs are to wear a name tag above the right breast at all times when on duty at the
College. The ADC will supply the name tag. Spouses will be provided with social name tags
displaying their first and family names. Name tags are to be worn at social functions so that
CMs and staff quickly learn each other’s names. The preferred names that you show on the
Personal Particulars Proforma will appear on the name tag.
324. CMs require an in-date official (green) passport, which should be valid for the duration
of the course plus three months. An up-to-date International Health Certificate (IHC) is
required for all ADF CMs.
Duty Travel and Incidental Allowances
325. All duty travel associated with the Course will be arranged by ACSC. In general, air
travel will be supported by RAAF when available. QANTAS is the official Defence carrier in
other circumstances and, for this reason, CMs may wish to join the ‘QANTAS Club’ (at own
expense) to enjoy the benefits of membership when travelling. Any travel allowances and
incidentals for ACSC activities will be paid into individual members nominated bank account
before departure unless special arrangements have otherwise been made.
326. If you have yet to nominate a bank account for direct credit, you should complete and
return the direct credit form, attached at Annex C, to the ADC Finance Officer, as soon as
bank account details are known. This will ensure that allowances and incidentals, other than
normal pay, can be processed when required.
ADC Medical And Dental Facilities
327. The ADC medical facility is located on the lower ground floor of the ACSC building
G1-21 and is staffed daily by a Registered Nurse (RN) and Clerk. The RN is available from
0800 – 1630 Mon – Thu and 0800 – 1430 Fri. A civilian medical officer and RAAF MO are
available for half days Mon - Fri for medicals and consultations. During normal working
hours when a medical officer is unavailable at ADC Health Centre - Weston, arrangements
can be made for members to access medical officers at Russell Health Centre. The ADC has
no dental facility, however, dental facilities are available at the Russell Defence complex and
can be booked by the members themselves by phoning 6265 4462.
328. Normal conditions for ADF medical and dental fitness apply for members while on
Course. Attention is drawn to the need for all members to meet the Individual Readiness
requirements as promulgated by the Single Services. After Hours/Weekend medical coverage
is available from Duntroon Health Centre or the 1800 IMSICK.
329. For Australian Defence Civilian CMs, the normal Medicare and private health insurance
330. The new style military ID card is used to facilitate access to the Russell/Campbell Park
Defence complex for Australian CMs. If you are in possession of the new style ID card, then
it will be a simple matter of having the card encoded for use in Canberra by the Defence
Security Pass Office situated in D Node of Campbell Park Offices. If, however, you require
the new style military ID card the following procedure is to be followed:
a. Arrange for a new ADF ID card to be issued by the Defence Orientation Centre
b. Visit the DOC at Campbell Park or Russell for issue of new ADF ID Card (Old
service ID card is to be surrendered) during the following hours: Mon-Thu 0830-
1700 hrs and Fri 0830-1630hrs.
DEFENCE ORIENTATION CENTRES
CAMPBELL PARK AND RUSSELL OFFICES
The Defence Orientation Centres (DOC) at Campbell Park, located in the foyer of D Node,
and Russell Offices located in the R1-G foyer, provides Defence personnel with a range of
customer-focused services, including:
Formal orientation and commencement assistance for new civilian Defence
Issuing of passport photos for official passports, visa's and security clearances.
Advice on recruitment and other personnel issues.
Single point of contact for issues regarding CSIG products and services.
Both Centres provide customers with various services related to security passes, including
pass renewal and new pass issue.
The Staff at the Campbell Park Defence Orientation Centre can be contacted on the
Micheal Skinner Team Leader 6265 7234
Greg Warren Senior Customer Liaison Officer 6266 2662
Victoria Kitanov Customer Liaison Officer 6266 2039
Fax No: 6266 2086 Email: email@example.com
The staff at the Russell Defence Orientation Centre can be contacted on the following:
Virginia Gregory Team Leader 6265 2553
Denise Kocic Customer Liaison Officer 6265 3342
Fax No: 6265 2500 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
333. There is no on base accommodation available at the ADC. For accommodation support,
ADF members should make contact with the Canberra Housing Management Centre as early
as possible. CHMC contact details are shown in the table below. For all enquires regarding
removals you need to contact the National Services and Support Centre or your local DHA
Organisation Telephone Fax
Canberra Housing Management Centre (02) 6268 3700 (02) 6268 3760
26 Mort Street
BRADDON ACT 2612
24 hour Maintenance Number 1300 366 615
National Services and Support Centre (02) 6268 3800 (02) 6279 3962
24 Mort Street
BRADDON ACT 2612
Customer Service FREECALL 1800 249 711
DHA hotline – for removal emergencies 1800 626 698
334. ADF CMs intending to move family, personal effects, motor vehicles or furniture to
Canberra are advised to submit an Application for Relocation and supporting documentation
to their servicing DHA Removal Section as soon as possible. The Application for Relocation
should clearly indicate that you will be attending the ACSC. NSSC contact details are shown
in the table above. If any difficulties are experienced during the process of your removal, ie.
accommodation not booked, vehicle breakdown etc, your are to contact the DHA removals
hotline on the number listed above.
335. Wherever possible, CMs should arrange delivery of effects to their new address prior to
23 Jan 06. Door-to-door removals are recommended. CMs allocated a Married Quarter (MQ)
in advance of their arrival must allow time for maintenance between tenants and should heed
the advice of the Housing Section at the time of allocation.
Movement from Overseas
337. Administrative procedures for CMs joining the ACSC from an overseas posting are
attached at Annex E.
Accompanied CMs - Member With Dependants (MWD)
338. Accompanied ADF CMs posted to the ADC are entitled to MQ accommodation. DHA
will endeavour to accommodate all accompanied MWD CMs in a MQ although some may
need to occupy privately rented accommodation and apply for Rental Assistance. Where
possible, married officers intending to bring their families with them should make
arrangements in advance. CMs are advised to lodge an application for Housing Assistance
with their losing local DHA as soon as practicable.
Single CMs - Members Without Dependants (MWOD) and Unaccompanied Married
CMs - Members With Dependants (Separated) (MWD(S))
339. As there is no accommodation available at the ADC, MWOD should initially contact
the DHA in the losing locality who will ascertain if there is appropriate living-in
accommodation available within the Canberra region. If no appropriate living-in
accommodation is available, partial or full rental assistance may be paid. If appropriate
living-in accommodation is available, MWOD may apply to live-out but should note that
approval to live-out does not imply approval for the payment of Rent Assistance.
340. MWOD or MWD(S) contemplating applying for Rent Assistance should read the
guidelines in the Pay and Conditions Manual in detail. Normally the only reason for approval
of Rental Assistance is that there is no living in accommodation available. Applications for
Rental Assistance by MWOD or MWD(S) on any other grounds are unlikely to succeed.
Private Rental Accommodation
341. Private rental accommodation is normally only available when a suitable MQ or living-
in accommodation is not available. The posting locality for the purposes of Rental Assistance
is a circle with a 30 kms radius from your place of duty. CMs are strongly advised not to
enter any lease agreement until an application for Rental Assistance has been submitted and
approval is forthcoming from DHA Housing Allocations Office. All leases must include the
standard Defence release clause. Alternative wording to the standard Defence release clause
is NOT acceptable. The 'standard release clause' is as follows:
'If, prior to the termination of this agreement, or any subsequent agreement, the tenant,
being a serving member of the Australian Defence Forces, is posted to a different
posting locality or is directed to occupy service accommodation, the tenant may
terminate the lease on provision of 28 days notice writing.'
342. Current MQ rental charges and Rental Allowance ceilings are available from any
Housing Management Centre. CHMC can be contacted on (02) 6268 3700.
Rental Allowance/Temporary Accommodation Allowance (RA/TAA) Claims
343. CMs with RA and TAA claims should report to the Canberra Housing Management
Centre, 24 Mort Street BRADDON, as soon as possible after their arrival in Canberra. Only
paid metre parking is available so ensure you have some change. As it may still be the
holiday period, members should phone (02) 6268 3700 to confirm that staff will be available.
344. For ADF CMs, the following annexes have been attached to support accommodation
a. Annex D – Rental Assistance local conditions and Supporting Documentation
b. Annex E – Movement to ACSC from an Overseas Posting;
c. Annex F – Claims Documentation Check List.
Defence Community Organisation (DCO)
345. The DCO is staffed with Social Workers, Military Liaison Officers, Family Liaison
Officers and an Education Liaison Officer. The DCO staff are available to provide a general
welfare and support function which is both responsive and pro-active. Social Workers
provide casework and counselling services to all members and their family. Family Liaison
Officers provide general information and support services and work closely with all staff in
the team. The Education Liaison Officer works with families to provide assistance in
education related matters.
346. The members of the DCO team and their contact numbers are given below:
Area Manager Lizabeth Thomson (02) 6265 8786
Military Support Officers
Navy LCDR Birgitte Jensen (02) 6265 8751
Army CAPT Phil Law (02) 6265 8783
Air Force SQNLDR Paul McLeod (02) 6265 8790
Social Workers Kathy Gibson (02) 6265 8777
Marion Smyth (02) 6265 8777
Family Liaison Officers Denise Turton (02) 6265 8718
Janet Purcell (02) 6265 8713
Regional Education Liaison Suzanne McBride (02) 6265 8777
Admin Support Rhonda Naismith (02) 6265 8777
After hours phone (02) 6265 0000
All Hours Support Line 1800 628 036
ADF Mental Health
Fax: (02) 6265 8730
Website Address www.dco.dod.gov.au
Address 21 Napier Close,
Deakin ACT 2600
347. Members and their family can contact the DCO office directly. Interviews can be
conducted either in the DCO office or visits can be arranged at the CMs’ home. The office
also operates an after-hours emergency service with contact via the Duty Officer on (02)
348. The services that are provided by the Defence Special Needs Support Group (DSNSG)
are available to overseas CMs. The DSNSG is a self-help group for Defence families who
have a child, spouse or elderly dependent with special needs. Their web site address is
The Family Information Network for Defence (FIND)
349. FIND is a confidential phone service that provides easy access to personnel information
on matters of everyday interest or concern. FIND can be contacted on 1800 020 031 for the
price of a local call, 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. The phones will be staffed between 9.00 am
and 4.00 pm EST, Monday to Friday. Outside these hours, and on Public Holidays, an
answering machine will take your message and your call will then be returned promptly the
next working day.
Defence Families of Australia (DFA)
350. Defence Families of Australia, formerly the National Consultative Group of Service
Families (NCGSF), aims to improve the quality of life for Service Families by providing a
forum for their views, reporting and making recommendations to CDF and influencing policy
making that directly affects them.
351. The national delegate for ACT, Wagga Wagga and Nowra is Mrs Julia Langrehr who
can be contacted on (02) 6255 8565 or by e-mail on email@example.com.
A Personal Particulars Proforma
B Example personal biography
C Direct Credit Authorisation Form
D Rental Allowance Local Conditions and Supporting Documentation Required
E Movement to ACSC from an Overseas Posting
F Claims Documentation Check List
ANNEX A TO PART 3
ACSC PERSONAL PARTICULARS PROFORMA
AUSTRALIAN COURSE MEMBER
Privacy of Information
I understand that the information I provide when completing the Personal Particulars Proforma will be used for
management and administrative purposes within the Australian Defence College (ADC). This information will
be secured, with access limited to appropriately authorised personnel.
In order for the ADC to effectively carry out its duty of care responsibilities, certain personal details are required
including the need for all campus members to provide a person to be contacted in the event of the member being
in an accident or other emergency.
This Proforma should be returned as soon as possible after receipt.
It is very important that your Biography is provided electronically either
by e-mail if form is being submitted electronically or on a disk if form is being
This form can be mailed or facsimiled to the ACSC via:
Facsimile: From within Australia: (02) 6266 0450
From Overseas: 61 2 6266 0450
Mail: Training Coord
Australian Command and Staff Course
Australian Defence College
Department of Defence
Canberra ACT 2600
Alternatively, an electronic copy of this form is available on the ACSC web site at
http://www.defence.gov.au/adc/acsc_home.htm and you can e-mail the completed form to
Australian Personnel are required to obtain an Official Passport prior to
commencement of the Course.
Course Member’s Personal Details
Course Member’ Name Tag
Please enter your preferred name in
the Box as you wish it to appear on
your name badge.
Please select One option on how you Pin Magnetic
would like to secure your name
badge to your uniform.
Name for Official Documents ( Testamur Name )
To ensure that your name is recorded correctly, you are requested to enter your name in full in the space
provided below, that is, as your name should be shown on correspondence or on your graduation
certificate. An example is shown below:
SONNY CLARK MAJOR JULIUS E.CLARK III
Date of Birth
Country of Birth
Service / Department
Gender Male Female
Postnominals ( Academic )
( Service )
Marital Status Married
Married with Dependants
Single with Dependants
Place of Birth
(Country & City)
Address in Canberra whilst on Course
Organisation (if APS)
ADFA Graduate Yes No
Smoker Yes No
Special Dietary Requirements
(eg: allergies, vegetarian etc)
Qantas Club No.
Hire Car Pref No.
I wish to act as a Sponsor for an Overseas Course Member: YES NO
Private Vehicle Details
Make Model Colour Registration State
Course Member’s Passport Details
Passport Type Diplomatic Official Special Ordinary
Name on Passport (Exactly as
it appears on your Passport)
Passport Issue Date
Passport Expiry Date
Country Issuing Passport
Partner / NOK Details
Spouse / Partner Name Badge
Please enter your spouse’s preferred
name in the box as you wish it to
appear on the name badge:
Town / City
Country of Birth
Special Dietary Requirements
(eg: allergies, vegetarian etc)
Accompanying Yes No
Next of Kin Details ( if different from above)
Town / City
First Name D.O.B Gender School Level
It is very important that your Biography is provided electronically either
by e-mail if form is being submitted electronically or on a disk if form is being
ANNEX B TO PART 3
EXAMPLE PERSONAL BIOGRAPHY
Lieutenant Commander I.B. Smith, RAN BSc
LCDR Ian Smith graduated as a Midshipman from ADFA with a BSc in 1985 and completed
single Service training the following year. He gained sea experience in the FFG HMAS
DARWIN and the Patrol Boat HMAS WOLLONGONG and was awarded his watch-keeping
certificate in 1987. Promoted to Lieutenant in 1988 he saw further sea service in HMAS
PERTH. He completed warfare training and was awarded his PWO qualification, specialising
in Above Water Warfare, in 1992. A short posting to Maritime Headquarters as a member of
the operations planning staff was followed by an exchange posting to the staff of
CINCPACFLT. On return to Australia he was promoted to LCDR in 1995 returning to sea as
the senior PWO in HMAS ANZAC. On leaving HMAS ANZAC he was posted to the
Department of Defence Canberra as the Operations Requirements Manager for the Follow on
Destroyer Project. He was appointed Executive Officer of HMAS SYDNEY in 1998.
LCDR Smith is married to Cathy and they have three children Josephine 10, Elizabeth 8 and
Tina 4. They live in Weston Creek Canberra.
LCDR Smith is a first grade squash player, a keen cyclist and collector of old bottles. Cathy
is part time teacher and is active in local amateur dramatics.
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AC 839 Department of Defence
Revised Apr 2004
Direct Credit Authorisation - ROMAN
The Department of Def ence requests the provision of bank ac count details as set out below for the purposes of Direct
Credit payment of allowances and entitlement s to staff. The informat ion provided will only be used by the Department
to insert or amend bank account details, and will not be disclosed to any outside agency unless required by law.
For further information: Telephone 1800 559 155
When this form is completed: Return by fax to (02) 6265 7142 (If faxed, original is not required by mail)
or Mail original to CVMC, R1-2-B047, Canberra ACT 2600
I hereby authorise t he Department of Defence to record and use the details provided for the purpose of D irect Credit
payment of departmental allowances and entit lements.
(Tick appropriate box) Rank or title Date of birth (DOB) Vendor number
Purpose of completing this form:
Creation of new authorisation
Amendment of authorisation Service number Employee ID AGS number
I am engaged as:
Employee First name Middle initial Family name
Current home address
Work telephone number (Include area code)
Has ROMAN been searched Bank or financial institution
for this vendor?
Town or suburb State
Bank/State/Branch (BSB) number Account number
(This must be a 6 digit number) (Not credit or debit card numbers)
Applicant's signature Date
Office Use Only Signature Date entered
ANNEX C TO PART 3
STAFF-IN-CONFIDENCE ( After first entry) 2004
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ANNEX D TO PART 3
LOCAL CONDITIONS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION
REQUIRED FOR RENTAL ASSISTANCE (MWOD)
1. The payment of RA (MWOD) is not an automatic entitlement to a member granted
approval to live-out. Each application will be judged on its merit. No expectation of the
payment of RA is to be anticipated. The following local conditions apply in respect to any
a. applications based on compelling or compassionate circumstances are to be
supported by full particulars of those circumstances;
b. any approval granted will be from whichever is the latter of, the date of
occupation or the date the lease is signed;
c. evidence is to be provided of a suitable release clause in the lease enabling
vacation of the premises within one month, without financial penalty;
d. any application based on custodial arrangements for dependants of a previous
relationship is to be supported by:
(1) full particulars of dependants involved together with a statement of the
nature of the custodial arrangements or conditions applying; and
(2) a statement explaining why full-time RA is being sought when only limited
set periods of custody apply.
ANNEX E TO PART 3
MOVEMENT TO ADC FROM AN OVERSEAS POSTING
1. The following information is provided to assist CMs who will be joining the ACSC
from an overseas posting.
Course Member and Family Members
2. The movement of the course member (and family) will be in accordance with
arrangements made by the staff of the servicing Australian High Commission, Embassy or
Consulate. The course member should ensure that all passports are current and available for
presentation to Australian Immigration authorities on arrival.
3. It is strongly recommended all unaccompanied sea/air freight and baggage be
consigned to Sydney as the Port of Entry and Canberra the destination. The following action
is required to facilitate the clearance of unaccompanied freight and baggage:
a. Information to be advised to the National Services and Support Centre –
Canberra. The following information is to be forwarded to the NSSC-C once
items have been logged with the carrier/agent:
(1) full service particulars of the member;
(2) new unit - ACSC, ADC, Weston, ACT, Australia, 2600:
(3) date of arrival of member and family in Australia;
(4) airline flight details, for arrival of member and family in Australia;
(5) contact address and telephone number in Australia prior to arrival at ADC if
(6) airline flight, or ship, on which the items are moving;
(7) estimated dates of departure from overseas and arrival in Australia;
(8) number of pieces forming the consignment;
(9) method of dispatching keys for locked baggage;
(10) the Bill of Lading or Airways Bill number, date and method of dispatch to
the Movement Unit;
(11) delivery address and desired delivery date; and
(12) any further information that may assist the Relocation Section.
Documents to be forwarded to Removals Australia.
4. A copy of the following documents are to be forwarded to NSSC-C as soon as possible
after lodgement with the carrier. For air consignments the documents should be sent priority
mail or courier not Diplomatic bag.
a. the negotiable (original) Bill of Lading or copy of Airway Bill;
b. fumigation certificate if applicable;
c. an inventory for each consignment;
d. packing list;
e. the original copy of any Unaccompanied Baggage Statement; and
f. copies of passport pages (all) (Cover and 1st page only for Australian passport
National Services and Support Centre - Canberra.
5. The responsibilities of the NSSC-C are as follows:
a. Member and Family. A member travelling with family is not normally provided
with Movement Unit assistance on arrival at Canberra. Family members returning
unaccompanied may be provided with assistance when such assistance is
requested. Defence Community Organisation (DCO) are the point of contact in
this regard on 02 6265 8777.
b. Unaccompanied Baggage. Where unaccompanied baggage has been privately
lodged with a carrier or agent, responsibility for customs clearance, bond charges,
storage fees and delivery rests with the member. Unaccompanied freight and
baggage lodged with a carrier or agent by the Staff of a High Commission,
Embassy or Consulate (ie Departmentally arranged on behalf of the member), will
be customs cleared (preferably with member present) and on forwarded delivered
by Removals Australia-Canberra. The following additional points should be
noted in respect to customs clearance of unaccompanied freight and baggage:
(1) On the day of arrival in Australia the member should commence all action
necessary to facilitate clearance of privately lodged consignments.
(2) As soon as possible after arrival in Australia, the member should contact
Removals Australia-Canberra to check that arrangements are in hand for the
clearance and delivery of departmentally arranged consignments.
(3) Lengthy and costly delays can occur in the clearance and subsequent
delivery of unaccompanied consignments. This can be minimised where the
member ensures all requirements detailed in the preceding paragraphs are in
hand before departure from the overseas post.
Miscellaneous Purpose Documents/Airline Tickets and Passports
6. The member is to return to the Issuing Authority any used or unused Miscellaneous
Purpose Documents and airline tickets, as soon as possible. Officers returning from overseas
postings are also required to acquit TA advances to Overseas Administration Cell.
Contact with Toll Transition
7. Contact details for ‘Toll Transitions’, the company tendered to undertake all removals
for the ADF are shown below. After arrival in Australia, any enquires regarding
unaccompanied freight and baggage should be initially directed to Toll Transitions:
Postal Toll Transitions
Locked Bag 4
Fyshwick ACT 2609
Telephone 02 6216 0557
Facsimile 02 6216 0533
ANNEX F TO PART 3
CLAIMS DOCUMENTATION CHECK LIST
Temporary Accommodation Allowance
1. The following forms should be completed for temporary accommodation allowance:
a. Application for TAA (FK87) completely filled out advance and reimbursement
b. Accommodation receipts for reimbursement or acquittal; and
c. Statement of Meal Expenditure (FK90) for reimbursement or acquittal.
2. The following forms should be completed for rental allowance:
a. Application for Married Quarters;
b. Application for Payment of RA (FK83);
c. Complete Member Relocation Application;
d. Initial rent receipt if available;
e. Copy of lease or estate agent's letter detailing:
(1) Address of RA premises;
(2) Name of lessee/tenant;
(3) Rental charge;
(4) Commencement date of rental;
(5) Bond and stamp duty charges;
f. Application for Bond Loan; and
g. Advance Payment of TRA, Bond and Utility Deposit Moneys (AB 553).
Travelling Allowance (members returning from overseas only)
3. The following forms and documentation required for acquittal are provided by
Embassies, High Commissions or Consulates. The following forms should be completed for
a. Completed Claim for Travelling Allowance (FA99) with a copy of detailed
b. Travel Requisition form;
c. Form OA27 Transfer of Advance;
d. Plus all invoices and receipts for taxi’s etc.; and
e. Application for Relocation/Housing Assistance.
4. Any queries you may have concerning allowance/s and forms to be completed, should
be addressed as follows:
a. Course Administrative Enquires. ADC contact number: (02) 6266 0385
b. Relocation/Removal Enquires. NSSC-C 24 Mort Street, Braddon ACT 2601
Telephone 1800 249 711.
c. DHA Enquires (housing allocations/assistance). 26 Mort Street Braddon ACT
2601, 1800 249 711
PLEASE ENSURE THAT ALL APPLICABLE FORMS ARE SIGNED AND THAT ALL QUESTIONS
ARE ANSWERED FULLY AND CORRECTLY.
AUSTRALIAN COMMAND AND STAFF COURSE
PART 4—AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE COLLEGE LOCATION AND
401. The Australian Command and Staff Course is delivered from purpose built facilities
situated within the Australian Defence College (ADC). The ADC is located in Kirkpatrick
Street, off Cotter Road, at Weston Creek on Canberra’s southern side. By road it is a fifteen-
minute drive from the centre of Canberra City centre and twenty minutes from the airport.
402. In addition to the ACSC facilities the ADC is also home to the Centre for Defence and
Strategic Studies. The ADC has its own mess, library, fitness centre and tennis and volleyball
403. A map showing the location of Weston Creek within the ACT is at annex A to this Part.
A more detailed map showing the location of the ADC within Weston Creek is at annex B. A
site layout of the ADC campus is at annex C.
Daily Travel and Parking
404. CMs are required to make their own way to the ADC where there is limited car parking
space available. CMs are encouraged to car-pool where possible. Overflow parking is outside
the college grounds. Undercover bicycle racks are available outside the changing rooms.
405. There are no public bus services directly to ADC
406. The ACSC Building (called the Geddes Building) was completed in the year 2000 and
contains a 220-seat theatre and two 60-seat theatres. All theatres are equipped with
comprehensive audio-visual facilities including video recording and transmission. Major
syndicate rooms are fully equipped with IT and audiovisual equipment and personal drawer
space. There are breakout/relaxation areas with tea and coffee facilities, filtered water,
fridges and microwaves available for CMs on each floor.
407. Academic and directing staff have individual offices adjacent to the instructional areas
within the ACSC Geddes. In addition, ADC executive and administrative support staff,
course development staff and contract support are also located within the Geddes Building.
The College opening hours are 0700 – 1145 Monday to Friday and 1000 – 0545 on the
408. The ADC, in line with Department of Defence Environmental Health Policy, is a non-
smoking establishment. Accordingly, smoking is not permitted inside any of the buildings.
Smokers may, however, smoke cigarettes outside any of the buildings, but not near doorways
or in busy thoroughfares.
On Site Banking
409. The Defence Credit Union has an office on the lower floor of the ACSC Building.
410. Each course member will be issued with a modern notebook computer for their use
whilst on course. CMs will receive an introduction to the College IT system and limited IT
training during orientation week of the course.
411. The College operates two Local Area Networks (LAN). The Restricted LAN is the
main ADC administration network and has access to the Defence corporate administration
applications and databases including the DEFWEB Intranet. Access to this LAN is restricted
to Australian CMs and cannot be used by overseas staff or overseas CMs.
412. All CMs will have access to the ADC wide Unclassified site LAN via their notebook
computers and this network will also provide CMs with Internet access. Standard Microsoft
Office Applications form the operating baseline; however, various other software packages
and database applications are available.
413. CMs are encouraged to familiarise themselves with Microsoft applications, particularly
Microsoft Word and PowerPoint before joining the course. You should note that all essays to
be completed by CMs are to be submitted electronically. ADC administration staff are not
available for typing/word processing which remains the responsibility of individual CMs.
414. Personnel who choose to utilise Service ‘Live-In’ accommodation (as opposed to rental
accommodation) whilst attending the ACSC are to be aware that it is not considered to be a
service or course requirement for them to have telephone lines connected to their quarters for
private phone calls or internet connections and, as such, costs will not be reimbursed.
415. The Library contains a comprehensive range of texts and reference materials to support
the course curriculum and to provide material of current and historic interest. It also provides
access to daily newspapers and a broad range of periodicals. The library is connected to the
Defence library system and, through that system, to library resources worldwide.
416. The new Mess facility overlooks the lake and is used by all staff and CMs at the
College. The Mess has a 200-seat dining room, bar, ante-room and a covered outside
entertainment area. Lunch will be available Monday to Friday with a range of eating styles
available from bar snacks to full à la carte for formal table top lunches. Costs will reflect
normal mess practices and pricing.
417. The ADC has a fitness centre with a full range of indoor exercise equipment. There are
four floodlit tennis courts and a number of volleyball courts available on site. Each course
member will be assigned a personal locker in the change facilities located within the main
418. There are popular jogging and bicycle tracks adjacent to the ADC. Slightly further
afield, within the bounds of Canberra, there are many other recreational facilities which cater
for most tastes.
A. Map showing the location of Weston Creek in the ACT
B. Map showing location of the Australian Defence College in Weston Creek
C. Site layout of the Australian Defence College Campus
ANNEX A TO PART 4
WESTON CREEK LOCATION WITHIN THE ACT
ANNEX B TO
AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE COLLEGE LOCATION – WESTON CREEK
SITE MAP AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE COLLEGE ANNEX C TO
ACSC Mess Facility
Car Parks Library
Building Cotter Road
AUSTRALIAN COMMAND AND STAFF COURSE
OVERSEAS COURSE MEMBER JOINING INSTRUCTIONS
PART 5—COMMUNITY INFORMATION
501. Canberra, the Australian Capital, is situated in a self governing territory called the
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) approximately 300 km south of Sydney and 675 km north
502. The city was initially designed for a population of about twenty five thousand people.
The population is now over 300,000. To accommodate this number, satellite centres such as
Woden, Belconnen, Weston Creek, Tuggeranong and Gungahlin have been established. The
city is characterised by pastoral land and green spaces that separate these satellite centres.
503. Queanbeyan, Canberra’s neighbouring city, is a prosperous and multicultural city
situated in the State of New South Wales (NSW). It is approximately 18 kilometres from the
National Capital and is a perfect base to discover the Snowy Mountains, South Coast and the
many historical towns and villages which are scattered throughout the picturesque
countryside. Many ADF members and Public Servants reside in Queanbeyan and commute to
504. For a more comprehensive insight into Canberra and its environs, visit the following
The ACT Government Site http://www.act.gov.au
Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation http://www.canberratourism.com.au
NSW Tourism Board http://www.tourism.nsw.gov.au
Weather and Clothing
505. The climatic conditions in the Canberra region are such that clothing suitable for all
kinds of weather is required. Canberra is 580 metres above sea level, and is located between
the main ranges of the Australian Alps and the sea. The area experiences four distinct
seasons. In summer (December to February) temperatures regularly reach the mid to high
thirties, while during winter overnight temperatures can drop well below freezing. Humidity
is not normally a problem. The cold weather can start as early as April and extend through to
October. Spring and autumn are generally pleasant with cool nights and many sunny days.
Tourist Attractions and Places of Interest
506. There is a wide range of recreation and tourist facilities in and around
Canberra/Queanbeyan. If you would like further information on things to do and see you can
telephone the Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation on (02) 6205 0666 or Queanbeyan
Tourist and Information Centre on (02) 6298 0241.
Canberra/Queanbeyan Emergency Numbers
507. Emergency numbers for the Canberra/Queanbeyan region are as follows:
Emergency Service Contact Number
FIRE – AMBULANCE – POLICE 000
Police Attendance 131444
Canberra (02) 6256 7777
Queanbeyan (02) 6298 0599
Poisons Information 131126
ACT Government Shopfronts – Corporate Services Bureau
508. ACT Government Shopfronts provide public access to a wide range of information and
services for Transport Regulation, ACT Housing Trust, Environment and Conservation,
ACTION bus services and most ACT Government services.
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 http://www.act.gov.au
Locations: Eclipse House, Civic
Swanson Plaza, Belconnen
Homeworld, Tuggeranong 132281
Woden Centre, cnr Corinna
& Furzer St, Phillip
509. There is no shopping available at the ADC. The nearest shopping centre is at Weston
Creek a five minute drive from the ADC. Canberra City centre has a number of major
department stores and many speciality shops and fashion boutiques. Major shopping centres
are also located at Belconnen, Woden, Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and Queanbeyan. Manuka
and Kingston offer older village style shopping with speciality shops, boutiques, outdoor
cafes and cosmopolitan dining. Smaller shopping centres and local supermarkets service most
suburbs in Canberra and Queanbeyan.
510. Industrial areas are located at Fyshwick, Mitchell and Hume. Fruit and vegetable
markets are located in Fyshwick, Belconnen and Tuggeranong.
TV and Domestic Appliances
511. Canberra has five free to air TV stations and a number of AM and FM radio stations.
Pay satellite and cable TV is also available in most areas.
512. All major Australian Banks, Credit Units and other financial institutions are represented
within the Canberra Region. For further information, refer to the Canberra region telephone
Yellow Pages (http://www.yellowpages.com.au).
513. A system of clearly marked cycleways separate cyclists from other traffic and give
access to some of Canberra’s most beautiful parklands. Normal road rules apply on bicycle
paths just as they do on public streets. The wearing of helmets for cycling in the ACT and
NSW is compulsory.
514. Like all other States it is a requirement to hold a current Fire Arms Licence applicable
for the firearm owned. All firearm matters for the ACT are dealt with by the Australian
Federal Police who can be contacted on (02) 6256 7777.
515. Bus. Canberra is well serviced by the ACTION Bus System. There are four major bus
interchanges in Canberra at Civic, Belconnen, Woden and Tuggeranong. Timetable
information can be obtained from each of the interchanges or by telephoning 13 1710. A bus
service also operates between Queanbeyan and Canberra. Details of this service can be
obtained from Deane’s Bus line on (02) 6299 3722, Monday to Friday.
516. Rail. Countrylink National Reservations, Kingston, can be contacted on 13 2232
517. Taxis. Canberra Cabs can be contacted on 13 22 27. Queanbeyan Taxis can be
contacted on 13 22 11. The ADC also utilises the services of Canberra Hire Cars for official
travel – phone 6239 2177.
518. Air. Canberra Airport, Pialligo Drive provides all domestic air services in/out of
Canberra. Domestic air carriers should be contacted directly for reservations.
519. CMs living in private accommodation should request permission with owners or agents
to keep pets. It is compulsory to register dogs in the ACT once they reach three months of
age. Registration must be renewed yearly. In general, dogs are to be restrained on leashes
when out in the community and failure to do so may result in a fine.
520. Further information concerning pets can be obtained from the Domestic Animal
Services on (02) 6207 2424.
MOTOR VEHICLE AND ASSOCIATED INFORMATION
521. To legally drive a vehicle within the ACT you must have a valid driving licence issued
from any Australian State or Territory. Under the Defence Driving Licence Scheme (DI(G)
Pers 17-2) you are permitted to maintain an interstate licence in the ACT until that licence
522. The ACT allows entitled persons to drive a motor vehicle in the ACT with interstate
registration until that registration expires. To ensure compliance with their requirements, the
ACT Transport Regulation Authority requires details (registration number, State of
registration and expiry date) to be entered upon Form AB 135 at the time of issue of that
Form. Entitled persons should check with their compulsory Third Party Insurance insurer in
the State in which their vehicle is currently registered to ensure that their TPI will not be
affected by the ACT Transport Regulation provisions.
523. Insurance. In the ACT there are three types of car insurance:
a. Compulsory Third Party Damage Insurance. This insurance covers personal
injury to any party other than the driver at fault in an accident, that is, passengers in the
car where the driver is at fault and any other injured parties. This insurance is
compulsory and is included in the vehicle registration cost. Consequently, you do not
have to take out separate third party insurance. The registration costs in the ACT are
approximately $500 per annum, depending on the type of vehicle.
b. Third Party Property Insurance. This type of insurance covers damage caused
by a driver to the property of any other party. The approximate cost of this insurance
is $170 per annum but varies according to the age and value of the vehicle.
c. Comprehensive Insurance. Comprehensive insurance is an alternative to third
party property insurance and covers damage to all property including the vehicle of the
driver at fault. Note that no insurance covers personal injury to the driver at fault in an
accident. This must be covered by the driver’s own medical insurance.
524. The cost of comprehensive insurance depends on the age of the driver, whether the
vehicle is financed, the make, age and value of the vehicle and whether the driver has a ‘no-
claim’ bonus. A ‘no-claim’ bonus is the discount received for having made no insurance
claims over a specified period of time. Overseas ‘no-claim’ bonuses are recognised in
Australia; however, you will need to provide proof when purchasing your insurance. For a
modest type of vehicle, the approximate cost of comprehensive insurance for a driver aged
about 35 years can vary from about $340 - $1,100 depending on the amount of ‘no-claim’
Traffic and Motor Vehicle-Related Offences
525. The following provides information on some of the more common offences relating to
the use of motor vehicles:
a. Accident Reporting. The driver of any vehicle that is involved in an accident in
which there is any personal injury or any property damage must:
(2) exchange names and addresses (normally that on the licence); and
(3) report the accident to the Police within 24 hours.
b. Traffic Offences. In Australia we drive on the left side of the road; remember to
give way to the right at all unmarked intersections. Speed limits in the ACT are
generally 60 kph in built up areas, 80 kph on major arterial roads and 100 kph on
highways. Speed limits are usually marked but you should note that:
(1) in NSW and the ACT, the speed limit in some built up areas, including parts
of neighbouring Queanbeyan, is 50 kph.
(2) the speed limit in marked schools zones during school hours (0800–1600) is
(3) Manned and unmanned speed cameras are often used to photograph the
offending vehicle with fines being subsequently sent by mail. In addition
some intersections are equipped with cameras to photograph vehicles that
run red lights. Fines are expensive and points are demerited from your
licence. Demerit points are generally doubled during holiday periods.
c. Drink Driving. Drink driving is a serious offence and random breath testing
(RBT) by police is common. In the ACT it is an offence to drive with a blood
alcohol concentration of:
(1) more than .02 grams of alcohol per 100 ml of blood (licence held less than
three years); and
(2) more than .05 grams of alcohol per 100 ml of blood (all other drivers).
d. For men, these amounts of alcohol roughly equate to two standard drinks in the
first hour and one standard drink in each hour thereafter. For women it equates to
one standard drink per hour. A standard drink is the equivalent of one medium
glass of beer, a small glass of wine or one nip of spirits. These equivalents are
indicative only and will vary among individuals. If you are going out and intend
to drink alcohol, you are strongly recommended to make alternate arrangements.
e. Seatbelts and Child Restraints. All persons travelling in a motor vehicle are
required to wear a seatbelt. It is an offence to drive without a seatbelt and also an
offence to drive with unrestrained minors. Children younger than four years
should be in an approved child restraint. These can be obtained from any baby
furniture store or from the larger department stores, for example K Mart, Target
and Big W. The Defence Community Organisation (telephone 02 62658777) staff
may also be able to advise you of organisations that hire out these items.
f. Production of Driver’s Licences. You must carry your driver’s licence
whenever you drive. Failure to produce your licence to a police officer on
demand is an offence.
g. Roundabouts. There are many two lane roundabouts and it is important to
understand how to approach them. Drivers must give way to the right and travel
in a clockwise direction. On a two-lane roundabout, drivers must use the left lane
to turn left and the right lane to turn right. To go straight ahead, drivers may use
either lane. Under no circumstances may a driver change lanes while on a
roundabout. Thus when turning right, the driver exits the roundabout while still in
the right lane.
Motor Vehicle Enquires
526. Enquires concerning driving licences and vehicle registration, road laws and vehicles
standards concerning modification should be directed to the Offices of Road User Services
ACT (Motor Vehicle Registry), Urban Services, on (02) 6207 7000 or
http://www.gov.au/services/motorvehicles/. The NSW Roads and Traffic Authority can be
contacted on 13 2213 or http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au.
527. In the ACT there is a wide selection of schools to choose from, including government,
catholic and independent schools. The schools offer children a high quality of education to
help each child develop fully as an individual and as a member of the community.
528. Canberra has a four-term school year. In 2006, the school terms are as follows:
Term 1 Monday 6 February to Thursday 13 April
Term 2 Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July
Term 3 Monday 24 July to Friday 29 September
Term 4 Monday 16 October to Thursday 21 December
529. The number of children attending the school often influences school staffing. To assist
schools in planning, and to ensure trouble-free transition of children, it is most important to
the schools that you establish contact with them as soon as possible. Information regarding
prospectus, uniforms, facilities or any other matter may be obtained by writing directly to the
530. The ACT Department of Education and Community Services administers government
education in four distinct settings:
a. Preschool - children 4 years of age;
b. Primary School – Kindergarten to Year 6;
c. High School - Years 7 to 10; and
d. Secondary College - Years 11 to 12.
531. Preschools. Children who turn four years of age on or before 30 April are eligible for
preschool. Government preschools provide three to four sessions per week for all four year
old children for the year immediately before entry into primary school. Preschool children
can be registered on a central waiting list at the ACT Department of Education and
Community Services or at their local preschool.
532. Primary Schools. Children who turn a minimum of five years of age on or before 30
April are eligible to enrol at a government primary school in the priority enrolment area.
Children at primary school are generally between 5 and 12 years of age. Primary schools
emphasise the learning of basic skills, literacy and numeracy through the eight key learning
areas of English, mathematics, science, studies of society and environment, health and
physical education, the arts, technology and languages other than English. As most
government schools have a degree of autonomy, there may be some differences in curriculum
between one school and another.
533. High Schools. High schools are co-educational and cater for students from 12 to 16
years of age. In Year 7 there is a limited choice of subjects as students are provided with the
opportunity to strengthen and build on their literacy and numeracy skills in the eight key
learning areas. In Year 8 students are offered the core subjects and can sample the school’s
curriculum options to provide a basis for informed choices in the following years. In Years 9
and 10, students study core subjects as well as electives, which they make in consultation with
teachers and parents to form a balanced program.
534. High schools provide a range of curriculum and extra curricula activities suited to the
needs and interests of the individual. Each high school is different and may offer different
courses of study. A handbook is produced by each high school that outlines the school’s
organisation and curriculum. There are no external examinations set for high schools in the
ACT; students are assessed by their individual schools and receive a record of their high
school attainment at the completion of Year 10.
535. Secondary Colleges. At the completion of Year 10 students may proceed to secondary
college. Secondary colleges cater for students in Year 11 and 12, which are the final two
years of secondary schooling. Students are given guidance in arranging courses of study that
will best prepare them for careers and further education. At the same time they are expected
to make decisions for themselves, develop maturity and judgement and to set and achieve
realistic goals. To succeed at secondary college, students must organise themselves
effectively and work hard.
536. At the end of two years of secondary college, a Year 12 Certificate is awarded to
students who have completed an approved program of studies. Students who study ‘tertiary
accredited’ courses and who sit for the Australian Scaling Test (AST) will receive a Tertiary
Entrance Statement which includes a tertiary entrance rank (TER). The TER is recognised in
all states and territories for entrance to tertiary institutions.
537. Throughout Canberra there is a network of co-educational Catholic schools. The
Catholic Education Office administers most parish primary and Catholic high schools. In
addition, there are some schools operated by religious orders. There are specific Catholic
schools that have been nominated to accept full fee paying students from overseas. For
enrolment details and more information:
Catholic Education Office
PO Box 3317
MANUKA ACT 2603
Telephone: (02) 6234 5455
538. At non-government (private) schools fees are compulsory. The rate is determined by
the individual schools and is generally higher than at other schools. Most of the non-
government schools are operated by religious denominations and enrol from waiting lists.
More information can be found at www.actein.edu.au.
Education in the Canberra/Queanbeyan Area
539. The DCO provides a booklet titled ‘Education in the Canberra/Queanbeyan Area’. The
information in the booklet has been prepared by the Regional Education Liaison Officer
(REDLO) to assist defence families with school age children who have been posted to the
Canberra/Queanbeyan area. It is designed to provide a brief overview of education in both
the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales. It also provides information for
mature age students.
540. Should you require further education information you should contact the REDLO on
(02) 6265 8746.
541. Other contact details that may be of interest include:
AUTHORITY TELEPHONE NUMBER WEBSITE ADDRESS
ACT Department of Tel: (02) 6207 5111 http://www.decs.act.gov.au/
Education and Community Fax: (02) 6205 9333
NSW Department of Tel: (02) 9561 8100 http://www.search.nsw.gov.
Education and Training Fax: (02) 9561 8185 au/education.asp
542. Enrolments at ACT or NSW primary or secondary schools will not be accepted without
an Immunisation Certificate certifying the child has been immunised against diphtheria,
tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles and mumps. If your child holds a certificate issued from
interstate or another country you will need to have it recognised by the local school council.
543. All enquires concerning immunisation requirements for school-age children, should be
directed to the Immunisation Centres for Children on (02) 6298 9233.
544. Canberra and Queanbeyan are well serviced by doctors practising in most suburbs.
Details can be obtained from the yellow pages of the Canberra telephone directory under
545. Full hospital facilities (both public and private), including maternity services and
specialist facilities, are available as follows:
Hospital Address Telephone Number
The Canberra Hospital Yamba Drive, Garran (02) 6244 2222
Calvary Hospital Haydon Drive, Bruce (02) 6201 6111
John James Memorial Hospital Strickland Cres, Deakin (02) 6281 8100
National Capital Private Hospital Gilmore Cres, Garran (02) 6222 6666
Queanbeyan District Hospital Collett St, Queanbeyan (02) 6298 9211
546. Medical centres are located within every city centre and are generally open Monday to
Friday. The following medical centres also provide 24 hr and/or 7 day access.
Medical Centre Address Telephone Number
Florey Medical Centre (9.00am to Kesteven St, Florey (02) 6259 1444
9.00pm 7 days)
Tuggeranong Square Medical Corner Anketell & Reed (02) 6293 2600
Practice Street Tuggeranong
Dickson Family Practice 151 Cowper St Dickson (02) 6249 7177
Valley Medical Service (24 hrs) Dundas Crt, Phillip (02) 6282 1516
Queanbeyan Medical Clinic (open Crawford St, Queanbeyan (02) 6297 3311
7 days only)
Canberra After Hours Locum 6288 1711
Community Health Centres
547. Community Health Centres are the initial points of contact for people who need
access to any health service. Contact details are as follows:
Location Telephone Number
Belconnen (02) 6256 2222
Phillip (02) 6205 1444
Narrabundah (02) 6295 2077
Kippax (02) 6205 1891
Tuggeranong (02) 6293 5999
Dickson (02) 6205 1022
Queanbeyan (02) 6298 9233
Child Health Clinics
548. The ACT Health Authority operates child health clinics in most suburbs, mainly
situated near schools, pre-schools and in health centres through Canberra. For details of
clinics near your home, telephone (02) 6205 5111.
549. There are a number of community service organisations within the Canberra Region.
Initial contact can be made through the ACT Board of Health on (02) 6205 5111, who can
direct you to the appropriate community centre.
550. All major religious groups are catered for within the Canberra region. Churches,
Mosques and Temple locations can be found by referring to the Canberra yellow telephone
SPORT AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
551. The Canberra region has a wealth of facilities for sport and recreation. There are
sporting organisations catering for all preferences, ages and abilities within
Canberra/Queanbeyan. Most sporting clubs are listed in the yellow pages under clubs.
552. Further information on any sporting or recreational activity can be obtained by
contacting the Family Liaison Officers on (02) 6265 8777.
UTILITIES AND DOMESTIC SERVICES
553. Utilities and domestic services are as follows:
Service Information Telephone
Electricity/Water/ In Canberra is supplied by ACT Electricity and 13 1493 (Elec)
Gas Water and Gas (ACTEWAGL). 13 18 86 (Gas)
In Queanbeyan is supplied by Great Southern Energy 13 2356
Telephone For telephone connection refer to the number in the 13 2200
next column. A connection fee is required and is
billed to your first account. The Canberra telephone
directory covers Canberra, Queanbeyan and Yass.
Milk Milk can be home delivered. Contact the ACT Milk (02) 6239 6737
Garbage Wheely bins are used in all areas of Canberra and
Collection Queanbeyan. Garbage and recycling is collected
weekly/fortnightly. For information on collection in
your suburb –
Canberra - Garbage (02) 6207 2500
- Recycling (02) 6207 2500
Queanbeyan (02) 6298 0268
Refuse Tips Canberra has two tips (northside and southside) (02) 6207 2500
where most household and garden rubbish can be
Recycling Depots Located at Northside and Southside Tips, Jolly St (02) 6207 2500
Belconnen, Bailieu Crt Mitchell, Botany St Woden
and Scollay St Tuggeranong.
Recycling in Queanbeyan: (02) 6298 0268