Veterans

Veterans have a lot to offer an employer after they separate from the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The ADF invests heavily in developing the skills and capabilities of their servicemen and women, providing them with extensive training and unique work experience. As a result, they possess a range of skills, abilities and attributes that make them valuable employees in the civilian workforce. They are strong leaders, resilient and highly motivated, and work well in team and high-pressure environments.

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that veterans have a range of employment options when they separate, to support their smooth transition into civilian life.

jobactive

jobactive is the Australian Government’s way to get more Australians into work, by connecting job seekers with employers. Under the Program, jobactive has been enhanced.

The jobactive website(this link will open in a new tab) now enables employers to select an optional ‘defence force experience desirable’ flag, and veterans can search for jobs that employers have flagged.

The jobactive website also provides information tailored for veteran jobseekers(this link will open in a new tab).

Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment

One of the primary aims of the Program is to improve employment opportunities for veterans, by working with Australian businesses to demonstrate the value that veterans can bring to their organisations.

An Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment Industry Advisory Committee page inside this website, made up of industry representatives, has been established to develop and provide advice on practical measures to embed veterans’ employment strategies into the recruitment practices of Australian businesses.

Other initiatives

The Departments of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and Defence continue to improve their transition and rehabilitation processes to ensure that former ADF members can transition seamlessly into civilian jobs.

To assist former ADF members who are looking to transition to the Commonwealth public sector, the Australian Public Service Commission has developed a toolkit and an application to align ADF ranks with Australian Public Service (APS) classifications. The Commission’s revamped APSjobs website (this link will open in a new tab) also includes specific information for veterans on what to expect from employment in the APS.

State and territory government initiatives to increase veterans’ employment

NSW Government

The NSW Veterans Employment Program(this link will open in a new tab), launched on 5 May 2016, will assist an additional 200 veterans to find suitable, sustainable and meaningful employment within the NSW Government Sector by 2019. The NSW Government offers a variety of careers allowing veterans to draw upon their unique military experience and skills. An ADF Rank – NSW Government Grade Match Tool(this link will open in a new tab) has been developed to guide veterans to their equivalent NSW public sector grades.

Government of Victoria

In November 2016, the Premier announced that he would establish a Veterans Public Sector Employment initiative(this link will open in a new tab). The initiative will assist up to 250 veterans find jobs in the Victorian public sector.

The Government of Victoria is also working with the RSL Victorian Branch to establish a network of ESO providers and employers to further veterans’ employment in Victoria.

Government of Western Australia

The Government of Western Australia established the Western Australian Veterans Advisory Council in 2014.

The Veterans’ Employment Transition Support program(this link will open in a new tab) has been implemented to encourage current and former ADF members to consider employment in the WA public sector.

Resources for veterans

jobactive

jobactive is the Australian Government’s way to get more Australians into work, by connecting job seekers with employers. Under the Program, jobactive has been enhanced. The jobactive website(this link will open in a new tab) now enables employers to select an optional ‘defence force experience desirable’ flag, and veterans can search for jobs(this link will open in a new tab) that employers have flagged.

The jobactive website also provides information tailored for veteran jobseekers(this link will open in a new tab).

APSjobs

The Australian Public Service (APS) provides a wide range of roles, generous support and remuneration for APS employees in locations across Australia.

APSjobs will help jobseekers to discover the many career paths the APS has to offer by linking them to vacancies available in the APS, the Parliamentary Service and many other Australian Government agencies.

The APSjobs website(this link will open in a new tab) provides a gateway to a challenging and rewarding career in the APS.

Department of Veterans' Affairs

The Department of Veterans' Affairs(this link will open in a new tab) develops and delivers programs and services that assist the veteran and defence force communities.

Defence Community Organisation

Defence Community Organisation(this link will open in a new tab) assists veterans to obtain practical guidance and information to help them to transition into civilian life.

ADF Member and Family Transition Guide – A Practical Manual to Transitioning

The ADF Member and Family Transition Guide – A Practical Manual to Transitioning (PDF 1.59 MB)Opens a pdf file in a new tab contains information on the transition process for permanent ADF members. The Guide includes information on support services available to transitioning ADF members and their administrative requirements.

Career Transition Assistance Scheme

The Career Transition Assistance Scheme(this link will open in a new tab) assists ADF personnel with career transition when they separate from the ADF.

Australian Defence Force Superannuation

Australian Defence Force Superannuation(this link will open in a new tab) (ADF Super) is the current superannuation scheme for members of the Australian Defence Force.

Military Superannuation & Benefits Scheme

The Military Superannuation & Benefits Scheme(this link will open in a new tab) (MilitarySuper) is the previous superannuation scheme for members of the Australian Defence Force.

Defence Force Retirement & Death Benefits Scheme

The Defence Force Retirement & Death Benefits Scheme(this link will open in a new tab) (DFRDB) was the superannuation scheme for ADF members between 1973 - 1991.