Help us improve the Veterans Employment Program

Information for employers

Three employees including Mark Donaldson VC from Boeing Defence Australia standing in front of a large computer screen discussing a schematic displayed on the screen.

Despite the heavy investment in our former servicemen and women, some of them are finding it difficult to get a job when they leave the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Australian businesses who recognise the value that veterans can bring to their businesses have the opportunity to recruit these skilled and capable individuals to fill their vacancies.

The Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Program aims to promote awareness of the benefits of employing veterans, to ensure that Australian businesses can reap the benefits of their ADF service.

Veterans Employment Commitment

The Veterans Employment Commitment allows businessnes to make a public pledge to support greater employment opportunities for our ex-service men and women through recognising their unique skills and experience. Veterans will be able to identify your business as a veteran-friendly employer, and you'll benefit from the opportunity to be part of an active network where your innovative ideas to assist veterans into employment will feed into the development of veteran employment initiatives.

Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment

The Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ EmploymentIndustry Advisory Committee page inside this website has been established under the Program to develop and provide advice on practical measures to embed veterans’ employment strategies into the recruitment practices of Australian businesses.

Ex-service Organisation Industry Partnership Register

One of the initiatives announced under the Program was the creation of a register to facilitate connections between businesses and ex-service organisations. However, since the announcement in 2016 a similar facility has been made available through the Department of Defence’s Engage portal. Engage(this link will open in a new tab) is an online portal where users can search for free services and support for current and former ADF members, their families and others involved in their support.

Businesses interested in partnering with ex-service organisations to promote veterans employment initiatives can search the portal(this link will open in a new tab) to identify interested registered ex-service organisations. Veterans and their partners can also find ex-service organisations offering employment services(this link will open in a new tab), including resumé and job coaching, mentoring, recruitment services and further education.

Department of Jobs and Small Business Initiatives

Employers who are interested in hiring veterans can now indicate that defence force experience is desirable when they advertise a job on the Australian Government’s jobactive(this link will open in a new tab) website, by selecting the optional ‘defence force experience desirable’ flag.

A guide (PDF 444 KB)Opens a pdf file in a new tab has been developed to assist employers to list vacancies using the 'defence force experience desirable' flag.

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