DISC and its predecessor, the Industrial Mobilisation Course, have been run annually by Defence since 1954.
DISC has been designed to help participants develop a better understanding of both Defence and industry in order to improve Australia's defence industry capabilities. The course delivers Defence and industry executives an intimate understanding of defence business while improving the collective knowledge of Australia’s defence industry.
Not only does the course offer the opportunity to share ideas, collaborate and realise best practice, it also forms the keystone to forging better business contacts.
DISC was born from a desire to strengthen the relationship between the military, the Australian Public Service (APS) and the key industry partners that support the Australian Defence Force.
The course has evolved significantly over the last 65 years, in line with the ever-changing Defence and national security environment, the impacts on business practices and governance from the move into the digital age, the increasing complexity of the capabilities needed by our armed forces, and the evolving role of government. However, the spirit of the course remains.
Overall aims of the course include:
- Building relationships between Defence and industry;
- Improving the collective knowledge of the sector;
- Facilitating closer business links;
- Educating industry on Defence policies, processes and systems; and
- Improving the overall capabilities of stakeholders who service the ADF.
The course will equip industry executives with the knowledge to better engage with Defence, offer insights to effectively doing business with Defence, and facilitate business introductions and forge relationships with other defence sector participants.
Key objectives of the course include:
- Developing ongoing networks between Defence and industry peers;
- Providing access to key personnel in the acquisition, sustainment and service delivery decision-making processes in both Defence and industry;
- Offering access and interaction with Defence stakeholders to reveal how military hardware functions in the operating environment plus the opportunities for businesses to participate in the procurement process;
- Developing a multifaceted understanding of how Defence operates;
- For members of Defence, government and the ADF to develop a greater appreciation of how industry operates, its workflow planning processes and the impact Defence decisions and processes have on industry; and
- To offer access to Defence and industry sites, allowing participants to view defence equipment and engage with ADF personnel that have operational experience with specific equipment.
The 24-day course runs over a seven-month period and costs $9,000 per person plus GST, and is tax deductable. This course fee covers all costs associated with delivery of each module from the time the participant arrives at their local airport until return, including all accommodation, all meals, access to venues and all transport.
Following successful completion of the course, you will also receive a two-year membership of the Defence Industry Courses Alumni.