Learning & Development

The ACMC has developed an educational program to support best practice in Australia’s development of civil-military-police capability. 

The ACMC collaborates with Australian government agencies, non-government organisations, the commercial sector, international agencies and the higher education sector in the design and delivery of learning programs.

Since inception, the ACMC has provided a range of learning and development activities that provide principles and guidelines for more effective civil-military-police coordination. The ACMC offers educational programs at three levels:

  • Introductory – a civil-military-police 101 ‘toolkit’
  • Practitioner – a 5-day residential Civil-Military Interaction Workshop
  • Leader – a multi-day Civil-Military Leaders’ Workshop tailored to meet the requirement of senior mission leaders

The ACMC supports numerous training providers with curriculum design, development of training materials, and facilitation and delivery of thematic presentations, both in Australia and the region.

Civil-Military Interaction Workshop

The Civil-Military Interaction Workshop (CMIW) is a 5-day residential course and is the ACMC’s foundation learning program. This supports Australia’s Regional Engagement Program, through the International Policy Division of Defence. The CMIW is designed for operational level personnel (Australian Public Service Level 5/Captain to Executive Level 2/Colonel).

The aim is to develop more effective working relationships and understanding of the cultures, practices and capabilities of the military, police, UN and non-government organisations involved in disaster management, humanitarian, policing, stabilisation and peacekeeping operations. The CMIW is variously hosted at the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM), Sydney and the Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI) at Mount Macedon, Victoria.

Two CMIWs have been held in New Zealand, with a focus on disaster response in the South Pacific, in 2011 and 2013 respectively.

Civil-Military Leaders’ Workshop

This workshop provides senior government and non-government officials from the Asia-Pacific region with an opportunity to explore the high-level issues and challenges faced in responding to complex crises. The workshop facilitates collaboration in multinational responses to conflicts and disasters. The inaugural Civil-Military Leaders’ Workshop was held in February 2014.

Departmental Civil-Military-Police Learning Programs

The ACMC provides advice and presentations to Defence, the Australian Federal Police and other agencies delivering civil-military-police learning programs.

Support to Australian Civilian Corps

The ACMC provides support on civil-military-police issues to the Australian Civilian Corps Training Program run by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

United Nations Civil-Military Coordination (UN CM-Coord) Course

The UN CM-Coord course is a 4-day program for mid-level practitioners, which addresses coordination of international civilian humanitarian actors with international military forces, in an international humanitarian emergency context. The ACMC has an accredited facilitator, and hosted a UN CM-Coord Course in Vietnam in 2011, with potential to partner again in our region in 2015.

Postgraduate Courses in Civil-Military-Police Relations

The ACMC supports civil-military-police postgraduate programs at universities in Australia and New Zealand, including a postgraduate course in Civil-Military Relations at the National Security College,  Australian National University. The ACMC also supports inter-agency and thematic training programs at the Australian Defence College, the Australian Federal Police, and international fora including the ‘Challenges of Peace Operations Forum’, as well as providing occasional lessons learned and multi-agency workshops, for example, ‘Rule of Law’ Roundtable, or support to the ICRC ‘Healthcare in Danger’ project.

The ACMC publishes Civil-Military Working Papers and Civil-Military Occasional Papers which support scholarly and professional studies.