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Frequently Asked Questions

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Where is the Diplomatic Academy located?

The Academy is located at 44 Sydney Avenue, Forrest, Canberra, Australia. 

Is the Academy a registered training organisation?

No. Our learning and development is delivered by and for DFAT and APS agencies using a mix of internal expertise and external delivery partners. The Academy is not a University. Over time we will explore opportunities for collaborative activities and partnerships with other learning institutions.

What courses are available through the Academy?

The Academy is drawing on DFAT’s existing learning programs and developing new and innovative courses to deepen DFAT expertise. It offers programs at the foundation, practitioner and expert levels and covers all areas of the Department’s work including foreign and strategic policy, development, economic diplomacy, trade and investment and corporate services. The Diplomatic Academy's Curriculum, identifying programs available to other Australian government participants, is available on govdex.

Are courses available to the general public?

Not at this stage. The Diplomatic Academy is collaborating with other Australian government agencies and foreign ministries, and is offering a small number of places to these audiences on select programs. If you are from an Australian government agency or foreign ministry, please contact us to review the Learning and Development Calendar.

What is meant by a virtual presence?

The Academy will develop innovative ways to deliver learning programs using new and emerging technology.

The Academy’s physical presence will be supported by a strong digital platform providing both eLearning and remote learning opportunities (courses delivered at post using digital resources).

How can I contact the Academy for more information?

You can contact the Academy by using the Contact Us form.

What are Learning Levels?

Programs within the Diplomatic Academy are delivered at the Foundation, Practitioner and Expert level. Learning Levels refer to your stage of learning - Foundation, Practitioner, or Expert. They do not necessarily correlate with your work level or externally recognised qualifications.

This image describes the three learning levels. Foundation - The fundamental skills and knowledge required by staff – open to any officer who has a need to acquire a solid foundation in a new area. Practitioner – The in-depth knowledge and skills required by staff working on specific topics, regions or tradecraft areas – best suited to officers wishing to enhance their skills in an existing role. Expert - The knowledge, skills and attributes that can be gained through substantial experience and through different roles within a particular field – open to all but best suited to officers wishing to consolidate their skills.

What are Learning Pathways?

A learning pathway is a chosen route, taken by a learner, through a range of specific courses, programs, and learning opportunities that allow you to build knowledge and skills progressively in a particular capability area or role.

The Academy works with faculties to develop learning pathways to suit the skills and knowledge required to build a career in a chosen field.

Learning pathways are an indicative guide only and will vary depending on previous experience and learning undertaken.