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).

The 10620NAT Course in Military Advocacy is a nationally accredited, Competency Based Training (CBT) program and places a reliance on experiences gained in a working environment.  The Course Recognition Manager is; Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) (external link), under the Authority of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011.  The course was approved by the Recognition Manager (ASQA) on 28 April 2017.  The Course Copyright Holder is the Department of Veteran Affairs.

The course contains six elective Units of Competency; some units have a pre-requisite Unit of Competency.  Completing one or more Units of Competency leads to a Statement of Attainment issued by Major Training Services Pty Ltd (RTO Code 90748).

The Units of Competency are:

MILADC001 Provide military rehabilitation and compensation advocacy services under supervision

MILADC002 Provide military rehabilitation and compensation advocacy services

 MILADC003 Advocate on behalf of members of the military community before the Veterans’ Review Board

MILADC004 Advocate on behalf of members of the military community before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

MILADW001 Provide military welfare advocacy services under supervision

MILADW002 Provide military welfare advocacy services

Training Pathway

Training is conducted primarily in the workplace and guided by a mentor appointed by the ESO. The workplace experiences are supplemented by formal training which includes online study units and face-to-face consolidated training. Advocates have twelve (12) months to complete their chosen unit of competency via the training pathway.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Pension and Welfare officers trained under the TIP system will be able to undertake a process of RPL in order to transition to the Course in Military Advocacy. This process initially takes former TIP practitioners to level 2 in their chosen stream. Level 3 and 4 compensation advocates must gain a level 2 Statement of Attainment first, as this is a pre-requisite for level 3. Level 3 is also a pre-requisite for Level 4.

Trainers, trainees, and assessment

All training and assessment is conducted by trainers and assessors who hold the relevant formal vocational competencies and training and assessment credentials to train and assess .

Trainees are to be selected by their ESO using the Guidelines for the Section of Advocacy Trainees.  Ideally new entrants will have been exposed to the role in the workplace prior to enrolment  to ensure their ability and willingness to carry out the role.  The ESO must then nominate the person using the online nomination form.  Once that has been done, the nominee must then complete an online application form.

Once the online application form has been submitted, you will be enrolled with MTS, provided mandatory entry requirements have been met as listed below:

  • The receipt of the MTS Candidate Handbook, which advises your rights and responsibilities for the successful completion of courses.
  • The completion of a short language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) test to ensure you have an elementary level of LLN to carry out the role of an advocate, or
  • The provision of a copy of a prior qualification (Certificate III or higher) or a USI transcript detailing a previous qualification achieved, which demonstrates you would have an appropriate level of LLN to carry out the role of an advocate.

MTS staff will contact you via email, regarding the abovementioned requirements.

Preferences for training places is based on the best possible return to the ex-service community, so workload of an ESO, Veteran Centre or Community of Practice is taken into account.


Units of Competency awarded 1060
ATDP Qualified Advocates 795
CPD Obligation 541
CPD Active 334

ATDP attendance programs by invitation

Melbourne : 30-Jul-2020

RPL Comp & Welf Ls 1 - 4 Closed

Brisbane : 30-Jul-2020

Level 2 Welfare C&A Closed

Gympie : 30-Jul-2020

RPL Comp & Welf Ls 1 - 4 Closed

Brisbane : 30-Jul-2020

RPL Comp & Welf Ls 1 - 4 Closed

Sunshine Coast : 30-Jul-2020

Level 3 Compensation C&A Closed

Sunshine Coast : 31-Jul-2020

RPL Comp & Welf Ls 1 - 4 Closed

Understanding and accessing the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Aged Care Services Webinar Series

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) are hosting eight free interactive educational webinars. The aim of the webinars is to inform health professionals, community workers, veterans and their families about the services that are available in the aged care sector

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.

Important News


Please see the special edition of the ATDP Update below for important information on the operations of the ATDP as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

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
CPD Upcoming Events
  • 13-Oct-2020

    2020 Mid North Coast Veterans' Advocates' Seminar

    MNC Veterans' Advocates' Community of Practice Network



23 and 24 March 2020 – Adelaide SA

This two-day education and skills based workshop is provided free to the veteran community.

Please see here for registration details.

Join the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and Older Persons Advocacy Network for FREE interactive educational webinars

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