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.
Benefits of employing veterans
Members of the ADF gain an extensive range of skills, abilities, recognised behaviours and attributes that make them valuable employees in the civilian workforce. They are good at solving problems, leading teams, and working under pressure. They retain core ADF values such as honesty, honour, initiative, integrity, respect and loyalty. These attributes make them valuable employees in the civilian workforce.
Their talents are readily transferable to the civilian workforce and include:
- learning new skills quickly
- being highly motivated and punctual
- communicating effectively to keep people informed
- completing tasks efficiently and on time
- working independently and as part of a team
- demonstrating leadership but also being able to follow instructions
- being well presented and courteous
- working with a variety of people from different backgrounds and with varying levels of experience
Many former ADF members will have acquired professional or trade qualifications that are recognised in the civilian workforce, for example mechanics, health professionals, carpenters and drivers.
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
Employers will also benefit from the establishment of the Ex-service Organisation Industry Partnership Register.
This Register will enable ex-service organisations to register their interest in partnering with industry on projects to promote the employment of veterans. Employers will be able to access this information when they are seeking a partner to assist in the creation of employment opportunities for veterans, including in regional and remote areas of the country.
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 website(this link will open in a new tab), 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.
Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Annual Awards
The Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment AwardsAwards page inside this website recognise the achievements of companies, organisations and individuals in creating employment opportunities for veterans and supporting their transition into the civilian workforce.
Resources for employers
jobactive is the Australian Government’s way to get more Australians into work by connecting job seekers with employers.
Employers who are interested in hiring veterans can indicate that defence force experience is desirable when they advertise a job on the Australian Government’s jobactive website(this link will open in a new tab), by selecting the optional ‘defence force experience desirable’ flag. Employers can also approach local jobactive, Transition to Work or Disability Employment Service providers to list vacancies targeting veterans on their behalf.
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.