ACMC

The Australian Civil-Military Centre

ACMC stands for Australian Civil-Military Centre. It is a governmental unit established to ensure civil-military-police collaboration and manage crisis arising from such unification.

ACMC was established in 2008 for the primary purpose of tackling issues on international conflict management. Their operation scope involves research and analysis of such research, organising training, and promoting interagency relationships while sorting out operation results. However, the centre has expanded its operations to include leadership programs, civilian protection, partnerships, and humanitarian services. With daily improvements, it is no doubt the centre will continue to extend its scope of operations where peace and conflict resolution is concerned.

ACMC often partners with government agencies, civil societies, corporate bodies, and international organisations to discharge their duties. It consists of officials from various relevant government ministries administered by the JCG (joint capabilities group) and reviewed by the minister of defence.  The ACMC receives orders from an advisory committee set up by the parliament. The advisory committee members are usually representatives of the Prime minister on behalf of the legislative arm; representatives from the Ministry of foreign affairs and trade; home affairs and defence; the federal police unit, the council for international development, and the New Zealand government. 

The centre operates through four units: the concepts and capability Directorate; International and Domestic Engagement Directorate; Business Operations and Governance Directorate; and Advisors and seconded personnel.

Concepts and Capability Directorate

This unit mainly deals with research and documenting. It collects data from journals, publications, periodicals and prepares project plans and reviews for a research purpose, proper documentation, and future reference.

Business Operations and Governance Directorate 

This unit takes control of all financial matters, processes business information or proposals, engages in reporting and information technology and communication.

Advisors and Seconded Personnel

It is not a directorate per se. It refers to the advisory body established by the parliament consisting of representatives of the Prime minister on behalf of the legislative arm; representatives from the Ministry of foreign affairs and trade; home affairs and defence; federal police unit, council for international development and New Zealand government.  The body performs administrative functions.

International and Domestic Engagement Directorate

The directorate focuses on subject matters such as training, the advisory body, education, and growth. It also promotes the relationship between the government and non-governmental bodies while advocating civil-military collaboration in the community.

The ACMC has recorded success with its projects, which significantly influences civil societies and the government. Their success is measured by the Australian government’s level of support to manage crises and restore peace and stability.

Education

One of the functions of ACMC is enlightening the populace on the benefits of civil-military collaborations. Hence, the centre organises workshops and training from time to time. Sometimes it organises a conference (domestic or international). The aim of most of these workshops is to engage people in interaction and deliberate on policy issues.

Workshops and Seminars are also means by which ACMC fulfils its mandate. For a particular purpose or project, the body may draw up a plan and decides how to execute such a program. In most cases, organising workshops or conferencing seems the easiest and effective solution.