Australian Embassy

Defence ACSC Overview

2018 Australian Command and Staff Course (Joint) Overview


Three (1 x RTA, 1 x RTN, 1 x RTAF) positions will be available to Thailand for the 2018 Australian Command and Staff Course (ACSC). The 2018 ACSC will be conducted at Australian Defence College (ADC, Canberra) during the period Jan to Dec 18.

The ACSC is aimed at the ranks of Major or Lieutenant Colonel (or equivalent). Candidates should have clear potential for higher ranks and must possess effective English language skills sufficient to study at a post graduate level. There are two pathways available for the 2018 ACSC, the enrolled pathway and the non-enrolled pathway (non-enrolled places are limited). Further information relating to the pathways and the English language requirements is provided on the DCP website.   

Australia will be providing an IELTS-A Preparation Course during the period 13 Mar - 26 May 17 for eligible 2018 ACSC candidates. The full time course (300 hours) will be conducted by IDP Silom and it is designed to support the candidates to achieve an IELTS-A score of 6.5 (no skills lower than 6) by Jun 17. Please note, in order to eligible for this training candidates must have a valid ADFELPS score of 6 (all skills) by 01 Feb 17 and have been assessed by IDP at the B1+ level (equivalent to IELTS-A 5.5). This is the minimum requirement and no waivers will be available. An outline of the 2017 IELTS-A training schedule and requirements is provided on the DCP website.  

Each candidate is requested to submit their CV, nomination form and ADFELPS test form (must be 6 all skills) to the Defence Cooperation Officer by 01 Feb 17. Candidates that have achieved an IELTS-A 6.5 score (prior to 01 Feb 17) are requested to submit their IELTS-A test report instead of the ADFELPS test form. 

If you have any further queries regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the Defence Cooperation Officer, Khun Sawitree Jongsuwat on 02 344 6386 or via email at