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.

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.

Improved ATDP Communications. Newsrooms & Newsletters

Newsrooms

There are two newsrooms on the ATDP website providing up-to-date information to the advocacy community. These can be found on the main menu under Advocacy Community News.

  1. The Advocacy Newsroom - this newsroom provides information about changes and updates in government legislation, DVA policies and programs. 
  2. ATDP Newsroom – this newsroom provides messages to the ATDP affiliated community about ATDP specific activities, and other important information relevant to the provision of the Course in Military Advocacy.

Newsletters

There are two regular newsletters supporting the advocacy community.

  1. Advocacy News – this is an online regular newsletter providing information to the advocacy community about changes and updates in government legislation, DVA policies and programs.
  2. ATDP update – this is an online regular newsletter providing information to the ATDP affiliated community about ATDP specific activities, and other important information relevant to the provision of the Course in Military Advocacy.

If you would still like to be included in the subscriber list for the Advocacy News. Please enter your preferred email address into the SUBSCRIBE text box at the bottom of this page if you would like to stay on, or be added to, this mailing list.

For more information please contact ATDP.Communications@dva.gov.au

Maintaining the ATDP Advocacy Register (AR)

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There are many benefits for keeping the ATDP Advocacy Register (AR) up-to-date. The register is a source where veterans (and those seeking help from advocates) can come and search for a local advocate. The individual advocate names are protected and are not displayed in the search results, however, the ESO contact person is listed together with the advocates’ level of qualifications. The AR is managed by the ESO Authorised Person/s who needs to regularly update the contact details. The ESO Authorised Person can also add/remove advocates from the their ESO as necessary.

There is a requirement to update the register once every twelve months to remain current and visible on the register. If you have any questions about the AR please look at our Frequently Asked Questions on the Advocacy Register (advocateregister.org.au) or email ATDPenquiries@dva.gov.au

698 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
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    Central Coast/Hunter/Newcastle Community Of Practice

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ATDP assessment programs or workshops by invitation

Online (PB) : 14-Feb-2023

Wellbeing L2 Consolidation Open

Online (PB) : 21-Feb-2023

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Online (SM) : 6-Mar-2023

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Wellbeing L1 Consolidation Open

Online (PB) : 4-Apr-2023

Compensation Level 2 C&A Open

Online (PB) : 16-May-2023

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Quick Links

ATDP ENDORSED CPD EVENT APPLICATION FORM


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

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