Defence Industry Leadership Program
Leadership development and succession planning is critical to a strong, sustainable and vibrant defence industry.
The Defence Industry Leadership Program is a targeted, hands on professional development program that provides employees in the defence industry with personal and professional leadership skills.
The Defence Industry Leadership Program attracts participants from all levels of organisations and from a wide range of sectors connected to the defence industry, including Defence Primes, SMEs, State and Federal Government agencies, professional services and other connected industry sectors.
The rapid growth of the defence sector over the coming decade will require the defence industry to accelerate the expansion and potential of its workforce. This includes a need for defence employees to focus on leadership education and personal and professional development.
Since its inception in 2010, over 264 industry participants have graduated from the program.
The DTC offers this exclusive opportunity to its members at a rate of $8,950 ex GST*. This course is also available to non-members at a rate of $9,950 ex GST*. For enquiries about payment plans contact, [email protected].
Course Fees may be eligible for CDIC or SADI grant funding. For more information visit https://business.gov.au/CDIC/Grants-for-defence-industry.
Note: Funding support by the South Australian Government’s Skilling South Australia Projects funding support is restricted to South Australian based employees only. Participants from other states are welcome to apply, however the full cost of the program will be $13,950 ex GST for DTC members, and $14,950 ex GST for non-members.
*Pending funding support from the South Australian State Government’s Skilling South Australia Projects, expected early 2021.
The Defence Industry Leadership Program combines learning workshops, presentations from senior Defence/industry specialists, infrastructure visits and is an opportunity for program participants to build highly valuable industry relationships.
The program runs over eight months, typically between March and November, and addresses a range of topics, including personal reflection, values, ethics, psychology of leadership, influencing innovation and the art of cooperation.
More details are available on the application form below.
Who should participate?
The Program attracts participants at different stages of their leadership journey, across all levels of organisations, and from a wide range of professions connected to defence industry:
- Prime defence contractors
- SME’s (Small to Medium Enterprises)
- Professional service providers
- Academic institutions
- Department of Defence
- Australian Defence Force
Fostering relationships between the participants, sharing ideas and developing an understanding and appreciation of the challenges each organisation may face, will develop informed and collaborative leaders ready for the massive growth and change the defence industry is currently experiencing now and into the future.
The DTC views collaboration between education, defence and industry as critical towards growth of the defence industry and the development of future innovation.
"It didn’t feel like you were attending a class which demanded & expected output, rather I found it made me think about values, expectations, methods & tools that are available. In particular the monthly sessions allowed me to take this info away & put some of it into practice"
"I have a much better understanding of defence industry and have found this new knowledge to be very useful. The program has helped me to mature as a leader and a coach and has renewed my confidence in this area"
“SADILP has provided me with an outstanding opportunity to meet other industry leaders from South Australia and develop a long lasting professional based network"
“…as a Review Panel member I found the quality of the Concept Paper presentations impressive. The participants on this program have clearly worked hard to achieve good results. They have also clearly enjoyed the unique learning process provided by this important initiative”
"…it absolutely exceeded my expectations, I was expecting another death by PowerPoint or textbook management training session, and it was not like that at all, which was great. The wealth of knowledge and interaction within the Group, facilitators, guest speakers and through the field trips was just great"
"…the Program facilitated my ability to view events from a more strategic perspective and enabled me to continue to quietly influence others both on the Program and in my workplace"
"Between SADILP and DISC I cannot overstate how much I have learnt and grown in the last couple of years."
Applications due: 14th February 2021 – Late applications may be considered, please email [email protected] for more information.
For enquiries, please contact:
Professional Certificate in Defence Industry Leadership
This postgraduate course, designed by the University of Adelaide in conjunction with the Defence Teaming Centre, builds upon the content of the existing and successful Defence Industry Leadership Program (above). As a defence industry specific leadership program, the Professional Certificate in Defence Industry Leadership covers key areas such as self-leadership, ethics, networks, collaboration, dealing with complexity and managing change.
Successful completion of the certificate may provide credit into the University of Adelaide’s prestigious MBA program.
$4,998 per subject ($9,996 in total)
- A Student Services and Amenities Fee also applies
Participants may be eligible for FEE-HELP.
More information is available at the following links:
- FEE-HELP overview: https://www.studyassist.gov.au/help-loans/fee-help
- Repayment information: https://www.studyassist.gov.au/paying-back-your-loan/loan-repayment
CDIC’s Advisory and Facilitation Services (Skills Development) Grant:
Organisations wishing to nominate staff are encouraged to review the guidelines of the CDIC’s Advisory and Facilitation Services (Skills Development) Grant. This grant supports SMEs to upskill their workforce to align with the capability requirements of Defence. The Professional Certificate may meet the funding requirements of this grant and organisations are encouraged to explore the grant guidelines. Click here for more information.
Scholarship support for the Professional Certificate in Defence Leadership is funded by PACE to ensure our program is accessible to all candidates who have the capability and drive to undertake studies across two categories:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
- South Australian Veteran
Duration: Two university courses (totaling 13.5 days over 10 months)
Location: Level 7, Nexus 10, 10 Pultney St, Adelaide
About the Professional Certificate
The South Australian defence industry is set to boom in coming years with submarine and shipbuilding programs and construction. As such, there has never been a more valuable time to participate in a defence industry specific leadership program.
Through contemporary blended and hands-on experiential learning, you will:
- Deeply understand complexity in the defence industry;
- Grain proficiency in self-leadership, self-awareness and change management;
- Learn to effectively manage multi-party collaboration;
- Become comfortable applying adaptive leadership skills in challenging environments;
- Understand networks in the defence industry context; and
- Enhance your academic literacy and research skills.
Participants will benefit from frequent industry visits; presentations from senior defence specialists; advanced simulation and guided experimentation exercises; and an immersive retreat in a key defence facility.