By Major Paul Smooker
SO2 Trade & Training
Headquarter Defence Command Training Support Centre (HQ DCSTC) is the Formation headquarters for
The Defence Force School of Signals (DFSS), Defence Intelligence Training Centre (DFSI), Defence Police
Training Centre (DPTC) and the Defence Force School of Music (DFSM). 2016 has proven to be a challenging
year at HQ DCSTC The remediation of the Signals trades and
training has been focused on technological updates for the future
workforce. We have commenced the development of training for the future ICT
requirements and further integrated CRS and BMS training into IET and advanced
courses. In amongst this work we have also commenced further qualification
remediation action for ECN 665 personnel which commenced with online Certificate
Notwithstanding the requirement for these to remain high priority tasks, effort
will soon shift to the Employment Category Review (ECR). Within the next month,
HQ DCSTC expects to receive the Terms of Reference for the ECR. The ECR is scheduled
to commence with preliminary analysis in February 2017, with the first presentation
to the Army Employment Category Management Stakeholder Steering Group scheduled for
The ECR will require extensive Corps involvement and we welcome any submissions for
consideration throughout the planning process. Corps member contributions are highly
encouraged as this has the potential to affect Corps design, trade structures, training
continuums and future capability requirements such as cyber. Junior members are highly
encouraged to be active participants in the ECR as your ideas will shape the future
structure and training of your Corps.
Information will be managed on the HQ DCSTC RA Sigs ECR Internal Defence SharePoint
page with periodic updates provided at key points throughout the ECR.
The primary point of contact is MAJ Paul Smooker on 03 8481 7085 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, HQ DCSTC updates all Employment Specifications on an annual basis and you
are encouraged to remain cognisant of this when providing career guidance. Recent
key changes include minimum time in rank for RA Sigs Officers and driver training
requirements for all personnel.