The Defence Industry Courses Alumni (DICA) (formerly DAICA) comprises graduates of the Industrial Mobilisation Course (IMC), the Defence and Industry Study Course (DISC), the Defence Industry Leadership Program (DILP) (2010-2011) and graduates of other selected Defence industry programs as approved by the National Council of the Alumni.
The IMC, which ran from the early 1950’s through to 1991 and the DISC that replaced it from 1992 are courses conducted by the Department of Defence aimed at enhancing the relationship between Defence and Industry. The DILP is conducted by the Defence Training Centre – South Australia.
Prior to 1996 the Alumni was known as the Industrial Mobilisation Course Association (IMCA). The name was changed in recognition of the growing number of DISC graduates and their increasing involvement in the organisation’s management and activities. The most recent name change recognises the increasing range of Defence industry training and education programs now being delivered by a range of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).
Membership of DICA provides many significant professional benefits. Not only does involvement allow continuation of the personal and professional activities experienced during the respective study program, it also enables access to networks of Graduates of other associated Defence industry programs, States and industry sectors. The DICA National Council seeks to promote suitable activities and events across Australia to enhance these benefits.
From 2012, the Alumni’s post graduate development program of annual industry and infrastructure visits will be expanded to include regular seminars and roundtables involving industry subject matter experts; to build on Alumni members’ knowledge as well as the usual opportunities to renew and expand their networks of industry colleagues, policy practitioners, industry associated mentors and academics.
In 2019 also, DICA will launch its on line Computer Based Training (CBT) program; offering members the opportunity to refresh and update on Defence industry policy changes and associated industry and related national infrastructure capabilities.
DICA is a soundly based organisation focused on benefits for its members. It is an ASIC registered company limited by guarantee, is governed by a national Council which in turn is governed by a Constitution and a corporate plan. Its program of activities is designed to develop and extend individual knowledge and to keep members abreast of Defence industry policies and capabilities.
The DICA Constitution can be viewed by clicking on the following link: DICA Constitution and Rules Approved 17Dec2018.
Membership Fees are $50 annually or $120 for 3 years. Click on the link to download a DICA Member Appn Form.
The previously offered Life memberships remain active; however, the Life membership option is no longer offered.