Responding to a growing need to professionalise its staff, the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) selected DeakinPrime in 2005 as their strategic education partner to form the DMO Institute. The Institute was set up to ensure its workforce had the necessary knowledge, skills and capability to deliver on its demanding work agenda.
The DMO buys and maintains equipment for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). It also ensures that these goods and services arrive on time, on budget, and to the required levels of capability, quality and safety. The DMO’s work is complex, involving a multi-billion dollar budget and managing high levels of commercial and technical risk, industry suppliers and detailed contracts.
According to DeakinPrime Head of Learning Delivery Liz Vinning, ‘the DMO Institute was established to professionalise the DMO workforce and encourage lifelong learning. It provides an innovative, integrated and disciplined approach to up-skilling DMO staff and boosting capability across all job families’.
The DMO Institute currently offers over 25 different courses from introductory to postgraduate level, varying in length from one-day short courses to week-long workshops. Programs include training in areas such as materiel logistics, business contract risk, work breakdown structures, project management, procurement, leadership and materiel acquisitions. A foundation course is also offered which provides defence industry staff with an understanding of the DMO’s complex business and internal/external relationships.
‘The DMO Institute conducts training throughout Australia and is also available to DMO staff operating around the world’, says Liz Vinning. ‘Programs delivered through the DMO Institute have resulted in over 750 DMO staff being certified with professional bodies such as the Australian Institute of Project Management and the Institute of Engineers.’
Under its current Training Administration Contract, DeakinPrime provides administrative support to the DMOI through a cohesive team that delivers comprehensive end-to-end customer service. Services provided include:
- managing the enrolment, prerequisite and course administration process for DMOI participants
- monthly/quarterly reporting on program activity and program outcomes, and
- identifying risks to courses and working with relevant stakeholders to reduce program cancellations/ reschedules.
Over its years of operation, the DMO Institute has been instrumental in ensuring greater efficiencies and consistencies in administration, reporting, service provision, supplier relationships, contracting, and design and delivery methodologies within the DMO. ‘DeakinPrime is looking forward to continuing its successful association with the DMO and assisting the recently created Defence Learning Branch to develop responsive education and training services for Defence personnel’, says Liz Vinning.