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The 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 242 industry participants have graduated from the program.


With funding support from the South Australian State Government’s Skilling South Australia Projects, the DTC offers this exclusive opportunity to its members at a rate of $8,950 (+GST). This course is also available to non-members at a rate of $9,950 (+GST). For enquiries about payment plans contact,  [email protected]

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 (+GST) for DTC members, and $14,950 (+GST) for non-members.

Course Details:

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 April and November, and addresses a range of topics, including personal reflection, values, ethics, psychology of leadership, influencing innovation and the art of cooperation.

Professional Development:

The course also gives participants an avenue for continued professional leadership development, providing an accreditation pathway to an AQTF Advanced Diploma of Management Qualification.

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.

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."

Professional Certificate in Defence Industry Leadership

This exciting new postgraduate course, designed by the University of Adelaide in conjunction with the Defence Teaming Centre, builds upon the content of the existing and successful South Australian Defence Industry Leadership Program (SADILP). 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:

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.

Course Details:

Duration: Two university courses (totaling 13.5 days)

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.