• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Cameron Moore
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2019
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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:

  1. Interpret and explain the jurisdictional aspects of the military discipline law system
  2. Evaluate 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
  3. Interpret and apply the rules of evidence and procedure at the DFDA superior and summary levels
  4. Define and explain the process for review of service disciplinary proceedings, including but not limited to • grounds for petition • right to stay of execution pending review • legal reports • the grounds for a Reviewing Authority quashing convictions and punishments
  5. Research and evaluate the process of charging and prosecuting a member under the DFDA, including but not limited to: • choice of charges • elements of offences • possible defences that could be raised • sufficiency of admissible evidence • application of prosecutorial discretion and the service interest test
  6. Review and evaluate DFDA charge documentation for non-prescribed offences

Indicative Assessment

  1. an oral presentation during the course (null) [LO null]
  2. a take-home exam (null) [LO null]
  3. a DLM entry. (null) [LO null]

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

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
2019 $5040
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5040
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6650 02 Sep 2019 13 Sep 2019 13 Sep 2019 18 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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