Advocacy Training and Development Program (ATDP)

Course in Military Advocacy

The 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 Veterans' Affairs.

Please click on this link for further information about the Course in Military Advocacy which is available through our partnering Registered Training Organisation (RTO), Major Training Services (RTO 90748). Trainees must be nominated by their sponsoring ESO using the online nomination form on the ATDP portal then once this is accepted by ATDP, trainees must complete the online enrolment form, also available through the ATDP Portal, to be formally enrolled with the RTO.

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VITA Transition Cover deadline of 31 December 2021: TIP Level Three and Four Advocates

Advocacy Capacity Research Project report

The Baseline Study of Current and Future Availability of Ex-Service Organisation Advocacy Services Research Project was commissioned by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to collect data on the capacity of the advocacy workforce.

The study was completed by the University of NSW in May 2021 and released on 22 October 2021. Nearly 600 advocates and nearly 60 ESOs responded to the voluntary survey to provide data for the researchers. Respondents were from across the advocacy community.

The information presented in the independent research report is available to ESOs, DVA, and others for planning evaluation purposes for advocacy services and advocates.

Some more information and a link to the copy of the research report is at

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
707 advocates with qualifications through ATDP
This is the number of individuals currently authorised by ESOs in the Advocacy Register as available for their advocacy services. These individuals may work for more than one ESO and may be available for more than one type of advocacy.
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CPD Upcoming Events
  • 9-Dec-2022

    Central Coast/Hunter/Newcastle Community Of Practice

    Central Coast COP

ATDP assessment programs or workshops by invitation

Online (AW) : 31-Jan-2023

C3 C&A Program Open

Online (PB) : 14-Feb-2023

Wellbeing L2 Consolidation Open

Online (PB) : 21-Feb-2023

Compensation Level 1 C&A Open

Online (SM) : 6-Mar-2023

Mentoring Workshop Open

Online (PB) : 14-Mar-2023

Wellbeing L1 Consolidation Open

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