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 Veterans' Affairs (DVA).
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). (Nationally recognised training, assesssment and the awarding of qualifications can only be done by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). RTOs may utilise the services of a third party to conduct the training and assessment on their behalf subject to certain requirements.)
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) in accordance with the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011. The course was approved by ASQA on 28 April 2017. DVA owns the enterprise course and has authorised Major Training Services to have the course on their scope of registration.
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
MILADC005 Advocate on behalf of members of the military community before the Veterans' Review Board. This unit replaces MILADC003.
MILADC004 Advocate on behalf of members of the military community before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
MILADW001 Provide military wellbeing advocacy services under supervision
MILADW002 Provide military wellbeing advocacy services
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 consolidation and assessment. Advocates have twelve (12) months to complete their chosen unit of competency via the training pathway.
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.
All training and assessment is conducted by volunteer trainers and assessors who hold the relevant formal vocational competencies and training and assessment credentials to train and assess. Assessments are ratified by the RTO prior to a Statement of Attainment being issued.
Trainees are to be selected by their ESO using the Guidelines for the Selection 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 formon the advocate register website. Once that has been done, the nominee will receive an email with a link to an application form which must then be completed and submitted.
Once the online application form has been submitted, you will be enrolled with MTS, provided mandatory entry requirements have been met as listed below:
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.