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.


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

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.

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.

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
705 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.
View a video on ATDP RPL process
CPD Upcoming Events
  • 7-Oct-2022

    RSL Vic- October Volunteer Training Event

    RSL Vic

  • 16-Nov-2022


    VVPPA; Legacy Club Services RSL Lifecare

ATDP assessment programs or workshops by invitation

Online (PB) : 27-Sep-2022

Wellbeing L1 Consolidation Open

Online (PB) : 1-Oct-2022

RPL Comp and Welf Ls 1 - 4 DP Open

Online (PB) : 1-Oct-2022

RPL 1 - 4 - HS Open

Online (PB) : 1-Oct-2022

RPL Wellbeing Level 2 (GJ) Open

Online (SM) : 4-Oct-2022

Basics in Mentoring Workshop Open

Online (PB) : 11-Oct-2022

Wellbeing L2 C&A Open

Online (PB) : 25-Oct-2022

Compensation L1 Consolidation Open

Online (PB) : 15-Nov-2022

Compensation L2 Consolidation Open

Quick Links


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

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Program Support

Look here for notes on the operations of ATDP and for 'How to' Guides

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