Advocacy Training and Development Program (ATDP)

10620NAT Course in Military Advocacy

The 10620NAT Course in Military Advocacy is for members of Ex-Service Organisations (ESO) which offer advocacy services to serving and ex-serving members of the armed forces and their dependants. The program is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Veteran Affairs.


Major Training Services Pty Ltd (MTS) (RTO Code 90748), offers the 10620NAT Course in Military Advocacy through a written agreement with the Advocacy Training and Development Program (ATDP).

COVID-19 restrictions by State


For further information please click and download the COVID-19 restrictions by State links for current updates.

Veterans can access Personal Monitoring Technology through DVA

DVA has a range of personal monitoring technologies available to eligible veterans and widow/ers. 

Accessing and installing a personal monitoring system may be suitable for older veterans and widow/ers if they are self-isolating to protect themselves from exposure to COVID-19.

DVA veterans and widow/ers can access fully-monitored 24-hours a day, seven days a week personal response systems in their home or as mobile pendant personal response devices that are designed to keep them safe at home and when out and about. The initial and ongoing costs are covered by DVA if these devices are arranged through DVA. 

Personal response devices can be tailored to an individual’s needs, giving the person being monitored the comfort that assistance is never far away and reassuring family and friends that their loved one is able to access help easily, if it is needed.

DVA Factsheets

Since launching the new DVA website in March 2020, DVA has received feedback from advocates and other experienced users about the lack of ‘factsheets’. The factsheet system was intentionally removed from the website. On the new website DVA has turned the old factsheets into webpage information which is designed to be more accessible and easier to keep updated.

Help us support the veteran community by volunteering as an advocate or advocate support officer.

This Information Pack outlines broadly what our volunteer advocates and advocate support officers do to assist our members and clients. (TEXT)

You will find out about:

  • The benefits of volunteering as an advocate or advocate support officer,
  • More about our advocates and advocate support officers’ roles,
  • What commitments our volunteers are making,
  • The training and support we and the Advocacy Training and Development Program (ATDP) provide, and
  •  What insurance cover is provided to advocates by the Veterans’ Indemnity and Training Association (VITA)

The Information Pack can be downloaded as a Word Template and you can customize it for your ex-service organisation or Veterans Support Centre and distribute it electronically - or print out hard copies for your members.

2020 Transition Conference - Department of Defence

Working together for veteran wellness

Please click here to register for upcoming Transition Conferences to be held in 2020.

These conferences provide an opportunity for Ex-Service organisations and individual advocates to find out more about transition programs and provide feedback from their members. If able you are encouraged to attend.

New DVA website to go live on 4 March 2020

A new, easier-to-use Department of Veterans’ Affairs website designed for veterans and their families will replace the existing website on 4 March 2020.

Many of you would be aware of the current Beta website, which was released for testing and feedback in July 2019. DVA is in the final stages of adding content in preparation for the changeover.

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to look around the Beta site – – and familiarise yourself with the new look and feel.

Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant / Veteran Recognition


The Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant encourages Australians to recognise and acknowledge the unique nature of military service and to support veterans and their families. The Oath, Veteran Card and Lapel Pin underpin the Covenant and provide further recognition and easier identification of veterans.

Read it here


Units of Competency awarded 1091
ATDP Qualified Advocates 702
CPD Obligation 581
CPD Completed 127
CPD Upcoming Events
  • 29-Oct-2020

    MindRight @VeteranWellbeingSummit

    Wellbeing Australia

  • 30-Oct-2020

    Action, Hope, and Transformation with Veterans in the US

    Wellbeing Australia

  • 31-Oct-2020

    The Psychological Effects of Service

    Wellbeing Australia

  • 13-Nov-2020

    Central Coast/Newcastle/Hunter COP

    Central Coast COP


The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) are hosting a webinar on hearing devices and services available to veterans with hearing loss and tinnitus.

Click on the picture above for further information

ATDP attendance programs by invitation

No programs scheduled at the moment

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This form is to be used by the event convenor to apply for ATDP recognition of a CPD event.

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