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Brigadier Peter Gates is the Director General of the Defence Education,
Training and Development (DETD) Branch, which has recently
undergone some changes and has been renewed within the People
Strategies and Policy Group.
Career in Defence
Defence Magazine also took this opportunity to
speak with BRIG Gates, who has elaborated on the
role of his branch and how it is playing its part in
the ongoing reforms in the organisation.
can you tell us about this
development of the Defence
education, Training and Development
DETD Branch was established in 1997, with the
formation of the Joint Education and Training (JET)
JET was a new two-star organisation established,
under the Defence Reform Program, to implement
the recommendations of the Defence Efficiency
Review of 2006-07.
The original role of JET was to develop and
implement joint and integrated policy on APS and
ADF training and education, to rationalise officer
education and common technical training, and to
provide training for Defence public servants.
Between 1997 and 2006, JET evolved to become
Defence Education Training and Development
Branch (DETD), a one-star branch of Personnel
In 2006, DETD Branch was moved into Defence
Support Group, with only the Policy element
remaining in PSP Group.
By 2010, a new generation of strategic reform
again demanded a genuinely integrated central
Defence education and training policy and
support organisation. To meet this need, the
DETD Branch, with policy, implementation and
service delivery elements, and additional roles of
leadership development and senior officer career
management, was re-formed in People Strategies
and Policy Group in June-July of 2010.
What are the main responsibilities of
DETD Branch is now responsible for providing
whole-of-Defence policy and services that enable
the education and training system to meet Defence
workforce capability requirements.
The main way we do this is by coordinating the
program of activities to deliver Defence education
and training Strategic Reform Program reforms.
We also provide whole-of-Defence education
and training policies, strategies and initiatives
that enable Defence to attract and retain the
right people and to develop the workforce skills it
What are some of the specific
services Defence people can
There’s a wide range of education and training
services. These include the design, development,
national delivery, assessment, and evaluation of
non-military training; CAMPUS e-learning; ADF
and APS education assistance schemes; and
independent financial advice to ADF members.
We also support the Chief of the Defence Force
and Secretary in career-managing Senior Executive
Service members and star-ranked officers.
Current projects and efforts to shape the future of
Defence education and training include:
› delivering a career and talent management
system for Defence APS,
› delivering the future defence learning
› delivering a phased rationalisation of Defence
education and training providers at the
Australian Defence College,
› pursuing innovation and exploiting technology,
› improving evaluation processes.
The Branch will work with colleagues in
the Groups, Services and Defence Materiel
Organisation (DMO) to shape tomorrow’s Defence
education and training system, while continuing to
deliver services to meet today’s Defence needs
You also recently launched a pilot
program aimed at supervisors. Tell us
how this will work?
The New Supervisors’ Program is targeted at
newly-appointed supervisors engaged within
the past three months, including ADF members
who are working in integrated environments,
supervising APS employees.
The pilot program recognises that supervisors
have a critical role to play in Defence as they
significantly influence behaviour, performance and
commitment to the organisation of the staff they
We intend to deliver the program through a
blended learning mode, consisting of face-to-face
delivery, scenario based on-line learning, and
on-the-job application. The pilot program’s face-to-
face elements will be conducted four times during
the next few months, twice in Canberra and twice
in regional locations. The e-learning modules are
expected to be piloted in early 2011.
Who are your main stakeholders?
All Groups, the DMO and Services are clients and
stakeholders in the work of DETD Branch.
The collaborative relationship between the Branch,
its clients and stakeholders is central to its ability
to deliver cost-effective education and training
services for today and to successfully coordinate
the strategic reforms that Defence must deliver for
The newly reformed DETD Branch will strive to
understand thoroughly the needs and perspectives
of its stakeholders, communicate with them
extensively, and work collaboratively in delivering
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