• Offered by ANU Legal Workshop
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Robert McLaughlin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2015
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This course aims to provide the ADF Legal Officers' Specialist Career Structure (LOSCR) with the military discipline law component of Legal Training Module 2.  This is the educational requirement for ADF Legal Officers to qualify for legal competency level LL3 under the scheme approved by the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal.

A student who has successfully completed this course should show an understanding of:

  • application of the Defence Force Discipline Act, its related legislation, and relationship to the ADF prosecution policy
  • determining jurisdiction, the investigation process and the range of offences related to discipline
  • drafting and laying charges, Rules of Evidence and investigative material
  • the process of summary hearings, including Discipline Officer proceedings
  • sentencing principles, the scale and consequences of punishments and requirements relating to the award of punishments by Service Tribunals, legal review processes
  • the requirements for preparing a legal report for the review process in a summary trial, the petition and appeals processes.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

A student who has successfully completed this course will have:

  • an understanding of reforms to the military justice system, particularly those relating to the establishment of the Australian Military Court
  • an understanding of the jurisdictional aspects of the military discipline law system
  • an understanding of key sources of law and policy  including legislation, the Discipline Law Manual, Defence Instructions and case-law and relevant secondary sources
  • an understanding of the relationship between the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 (Cth), the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) and the Criminal Code 2002 (ACT) and the definition and scope of Territory offences, general defences and other applicable federal law
  • an understanding of the rules of evidence and procedure including the Summary Authority Rules
  • an understanding of the grounds for appeal
  • an understanding of the role of prosecutorial discretion in relation to the choice of charges, the elements of offences, possible defences that could be raised, and the sufficiency of admissible evidence
  • an opportunity to develop and apply independent legal research skills.

Indicative Assessment

The assessment for the course LAWS8160 consists of three parts: 

  • an oral presentation during the course
  • a take-home exam 
  • a DLM entry.

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Week long intensive seminar with on-line communication and activities before and after.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying the Graduate Certificate of Military Law (CMILL).

Prescribed Texts

S Odgers, Principles of Federal Criminal Law (Lawbook Co, 2007)

Assumed Knowledge

Classes will proceed on the basis that you have a good understanding of the DFDA particularly charges, procedures and the rules of evidence.  We have designed this course being conscious not to replicate learning done in the LTM1 course taught by the Military Law Centre.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4140
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4350
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1479 07 Sep 2015 11 Sep 2015 11 Sep 2015 11 Sep 2015 In Person N/A

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