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COVE+ | The Army's Professional Development Program

By The Cove March 26, 2021

The content you’ve been waiting for!

New COVE+ units have launched - adding to the world-class tertiary-level content available to all serving members of the ADF and APS on ADELE(U). The latest units lie primarily within the The Art and Science of War category, adding to the range of self-paced learning units available to you anytime, anywhere, at no cost!

To access all Cove+ modules - sign into ADELE(U) and go the Army section. 

If you're interested to know more, see here for a complete list of available units, read our COVE+ Frequently Asked Questions or email us at soldier.cove [at] defence.gov.au

What is COVE+ ?

To create a future ready workforce able to operate in an era of accelerated warfare, continuous learning and evolution both personally and professionally is required. Cove+ offers you a way to unlock your potential.

COVE+ is a library of tertiary-level units, hosted on ADELE(U). Units vary in length from 10 to 40 hours and use a range of media to facilitate engaging learning experiences.

There is a wide range of topics which have been developed in partnership with Australian tertiary institutions. Every unit has been designed to meet equivalent standards of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) to ensure the learning is credible, current and challenging.

These units were specifically designed to enable Army’s most important asset - you - to develop your intellectual edge. Cove + offers you an avenue to improve critical thinking skills in order to solve complex problems within the Profession of Arms.

While it is up to you to access and engage with the content - we're confident the diverse offering will appeal to all Army's people and their interests. Launch the video below to hear from our Cove+ enthusiast - Daniel Keighran, VC 


COVE+ Content

 COVE+ delivers content across 5 areas:

  • The Art and Science of Thinking
  • The Art and Science of War
  • Leadership, Ethics and Society
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Organisational Management, Projects and People.

As a self-paced program  - it is you who decides when and how you approach this learning. You may enrol in as many units, at the same time, as you like. However,  it is recommended you plan your learning journey by taking advantage of the tiered levels to progress through the concepts presented related to one topic.

There are three unit levels:

An outline of a bronze level unit is show below:


All content can be accessed and completed in any order, once you complete the gateway Reflective Practice unit. Reflective practice was used as a gateway unit because it is a foundational skill upon which all learning should occur.  This unit is supported by a Reflective Journal, available in both hard copy (sourced from your local Army Education Centre  & PME Cell at HQ FORCOMD) and the Reflective Journal App (available on iOS and Android).

Cove+ Evolution

Tranche 1, developed in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology, was launched in August 2020 and will provide 70 units by the end of 2021. Moving towards 2025, COVE+ aims to provide over 400 units of self-paced content.

Contact US

If our FAQs don’t answer all your questions, we encourage you to contact us at  soldier.cove [at] defence.gov.au. We’re here to support your learning journey towards enhancing your intellectual edge.




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The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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