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“You need to be graded against various
selection criteria so you have to ensure you get
your application to your leaders well in advance
to make the deadline – it’s quite involved.
“My supervisor and branch head was a Navy
captain, so I had his comments, and the final
requirement was endorsement at division head
level, which for me was Deputy Chief of Navy.
I had spoken with him about it separately
and, fortunately, he was supportive and very
generous in his comments.”
Commodore Menhinick says the benefit for
civilians attending the college is manifold.
“Following selection of the Australian National
University as the academic partner for the
Command and Staff Course, this year and
onwards provides an opportunity for a revised
academic program with much more focus on
strategic issues and alignment of the curriculum
to the Defence White Paper and Force2030
outcomes,” he says.
“Associated with the new academic curriculum,
and in keeping with other professional military
staff courses around the globe, most students
will enter the Australian National University
masters program – aimed at achieving a
Masters in Military Studies, with a graduate
diploma or certificate as a lesser option.
“We are convinced that we are now providing a
world’s best practice vocational and academic
education program that will provide long lasting
benefits to individuals and Defence.”
He says the course is a quality product that
deserves to be embraced by the APS.
In terms of what she hopes to gain from
attending the challenging year-long course,
Annabelle says that, besides the academic
credentials and strategic awareness, everyone
tells her it is the networking which is of the
greatest benefit in the long run.
But she does have some apprehensions.
“It’s completely out of my comfort zone,” she
says. “Most people have fantastic things to
say about it and those who don’t were usually
overwhelmed by the workload, or hadn’t
studied for a long time. I suppose all I can do is
try and be mentally prepared!”
Unlike a number of Defence’s high performing
APS people, Annabelle did not begin
working for Defence as part of the Graduate
Development Program. She entered the APS as
a temporary employee then won a permanent
“My career has mainly been in the public affairs
area, with a couple of junior communication
roles in the department before that,” she says.
“I worked in the public affairs operations centre
for three years then in a couple of EL1 roles
before moving to Navy as the New Generation
Navy Communication Manager in 2009.”
She says she enjoys working for Defence.
High points have included a trip to East Timor
providing public affairs support to a forces
entertainment tour and working for Navy.
“Working for Navy in an area where I was the
only ‘civvie’ was certainly a daunting prospect
in the beginning, but the experience has been
“Defence isn’t where I expected to work when
I set out as a wide-eyed uni graduate but it has
given me a lot of opportunities and, being so
vast and varied in its interests, there is scope
for many career directions and opportunities.
“I have been here for more than 10 years now,
worked in four different groups and have had
seven completely different jobs.”
After the course has finished, Annabelle
says she would like to continue her career in
“I have really enjoyed that – whether that’s in
Navy or elsewhere. But anything can happen.
Ask me again in a year!”
“Defence has given me a lot of opportunities and, being so vast and varied in its interests, there is
scope for many career directions and opportunities.”
Annabelle Haywood, Australian Command and Staff College 2012 course member
The Australian Command and
Staff College, part of the Australian
Defence College at Weston Creek in
Canberra, aims to prepare selected
ADF and foreign military career
officers and high performing APS
people for command and staff
appointments in single service,
joint and integrated environments.
Its vision is to promote excellence
in warfighting and develop quality
leaders through delivery of three
courses – the Australian Command
and Staff Course (Joint), the Royal
Australian Navy Staff Acquaint
Course, and the Australian
Command and Staff Course (Army
Reserve). For more information
visit the college’s website at www.
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