About CPD

Introducing CPD

ATDP has a responsibility to provide its graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to provide high quality advocacy services to serving and former members of the ADF and their dependents.

Advocates work in a complex and ever changing social, government, statutory and policy environment.  Consequently, what we learned as we journeyed through the Course in Military Advocacy can quickly become out-of-date.  If this happens, we can’t give those who seek our help the assistance they deserve or ATDP’s stakeholders expect. 

The CPD program is designed to do a number of things:

  • To help reinforce the knowledge we gained in our formal training;
  • To help keep us abreast of changes in our working environment;
  • To help us grow our professional knowledge;
  • To be flexible in meeting our needs as advocates;
  • To help ensure that we are covered for professional indemnity insurance under VITA; and
  • To be an important part of ATDP’s quality assurance and quality control programs.

Another very important part of the CPD program called Self-directed Learning or SDL.  This is what we do every time we read a Factsheet, check the latest version of the Act, look for something on the internet or ask a colleague for help.  Its something every competent advocate does all the time – on every case.

CPD and SDL work together to make us better advocates – better able to help those who rely on us.

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How CPD works


CPD is a points-based system.

You must accrue a minimum of 15 CPD Points every CPD year and 45 CPD points over a 3-year rolling period.

CPD Year 1 (1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019) = 15 CPD Points

CPD Year 2 (1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020) = 15 CPD points

CPD Year 3 (1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021) = 15 CPD Points

Year 3 is the end of the first 3 year rolling cycle and over the 3 year cycle, 45 CPD Points have been earned.  Compliant

VITA and MTS, our Registered Training Organisation (RTO) both agree that this as a target which shows that you are remaining current in your practice environment.

To ensure that you spread that load over the 3-year cycle and keep an eye on changes as they occur, you must accrue at least 15 of those CPD points each and every CPD year.   If you meet this annual requirement, you will be regarded as compliantPlease note:  If you accrue less than the minimum, you will be regarded as "In Arrears". However, your CPD points deficit will be carried forward to the next year, and you will be expected to not only make up that deficit, but also meet your 15 point requirement for the that year as well.

Please note that CPD points earned in excess of the minimum yearly requirement cannot be used to offset a points shortfall (In Arrears) in subsequent years.

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The ‘CPD year’ (or anniversary) for all advocates is 1st of July each year. 

If you receive your first statement of attainment after the 1st of July 2018, you will have to accrue a proportion of the minimum annual 15points in your first year i.e.: 

  • Between July and October:  15 points;
  • Between November and February:  10 points; and
  • Between March and June:  5 points

You earn points by choosing options from the CPD library.  Online options have already been assigned a points value. Points for other options will be determined (TBD) on an individual basis.  As you complete an option, points are then added to your CPD account.  You must read the rules about each option carefully.  In some cases, you may also be required to take part in a survey before your points are added. 

You can check your CPD account on the on-line management system at any time.

To help you to stay ‘compliant’, just before the end of each CPD year, you will receive a message reminding you of how many points you have accrued. 

ATDP will also send a report each year to your authorising ESO or VSC indicating whether or not you are compliant with the CPD program.

If you don’t meet the minimum point requirement for a given year, the shortfall will be added to the next year.  You will be deemed to be "In Arrears" until you have made up the shortfall.  So, it pays to keep on top of your CPD!

If you do become substantially non-compliant, you may be removed from ATDP’s accredited advocate list until you become compliant.

Advocates who are qualified in both compensation and welfare will not be required to earn ‘double points’.  They will be asked to choose a discipline each time they ‘log in’.  Care must be taken not to leave one discipline unattended!


Enjoy your CPD journey.

CPD survey

As part of ATDP’s quality assurance program, CPD has introduced a survey to check whether the CPD program is meeting your needs as an advocate. 

Taking part in the survey is not compulsory.

If you would like to complete the survey now, or at any time, please  click on the "Feedback" menu from your CPD profile panel

Each CPD year, a random sample of advocates will be asked to complete the survey.

Unless you want to talk to a member of the teaching and learning team, the survey is anonymous.

The results of the survey are reported regularly to ATDP’s management team.

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