Advocacy Training and Development Program


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Training pathway

The training pathway is for new entrants to Military Advocacy to provide them with structured and guided learning so they may acquire the skills and knowledge required by their chosen Unit of Competency.

To nominate a person to undertake training in this pathway, click the Unit of Competency below.

Compensation Advocate Level 1
Welfare Advocate Level 1

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) pathway

If you are already a Level 1 TIP Trained welfare or pension officer, you may wish to undertake the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) pathway. Level 1 pension officers will need to provide evidence of assisting in the preparation of claims under all three Acts. Please click here to express the interest.

Already a level 2 practitioner or Level 3 or 4 TIP trained advocate? Click here to express an interest in undertaking the RPL pathways at level 2 (includes mentor training).

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There are now 504 Units of Competency awarded through the Advocacy Training & Development Program to 415 advocates.
Self assessment tools

Level 2 compensation
Level 3 compensation

These tools assist a person to determine whether they might meet the pre-requistes for Recognition of Prior Learning in each of the Units of Competency.

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Level 2 welfare

The Advocacy Training and Development Program provides training in Military Advocacy, 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.

The training program is a Competency Based Training (CBT) program and places a heavy reliance on experiences gained in a working environment. ATDP offers a single course in Veteran Advocacy. The course contains six elective Units of Competency; some units have pre-requisite Units of Competency. The units are nationally accredited. Completing one or more Units of Competency leads to a Statement of Attainment.

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 form. Once that has been done, the nominee must then complete an online application form to finalise the enrolment.

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

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 included online study units and face-to-face consolidation training.

Pension and welfare officers trained under the TIP system will be able to undertake a process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in order to transition to an ATDP qualification. 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 qualification first, as this is a pre-requisite for 3. Level 3 is also a pre-requisite for level 4.

ATDP attendance programs by invitation
30/04/2018 - Perth - RPL level 2
04/05/2018 - Brisbane - Compensation RPL Level 3
07/05/2018 - Sydney - Compensation RPL Level 3
07/05/2018 - Perth - Compensation RPL Level 3
16/05/2018 - Coffs Harbour - RPL level 2
21/05/2018 - Adelaide - Special program
29/05/2018 - Townsville - RPL level 2
14/06/2018 - Brisbane - RPL 2 and mentoring
20/06/2018 - Brisbane - Compensation L1 Consolidation
Contact us
ATDP Code of Ethics
Accredicted course documents
Guidelines for the selection of trainee advocates
What is Recognition of Prior Learning?
Our partner RTO (MTS) candidate handbook
Standards for Registered Training Organisations
VITA brochure
VITA constitution
Open letter from VITA
Suggested ESO Authority for an Advocate

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