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Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program

Veterans’ Employment Program

1. Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment

The Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment will develop and provide advice on practical measures to embed veterans’ employment strategies into the recruitment practices of Australian business. The Committee will play a role in the broader promotion of the skills and professional attributes that veterans have to offer employers.

The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, announced the membership of the Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment on 11 March 2017.

The Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment met on 4 August 2017.   Five working groups, established by the Committee to focus on priority areas, presented updates and recommendations for the Committee’s program of work going forward. This will inform the Committee’s report to the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs by the end of September.

The Committee was also updated on the work being done by McKinsey & Company for a group of employers assembled by JP Morgan last year. This work will provide vital evidence and recommendations that will inform the Committee’s work.

A representative of Townsville Enterprise also provided the Committee with information on Townsville’s employment situation and outlook. Townsville has close ties with the Australian Defence Force and an interest in the work of the Committee.

The Committee will next meet to finalise its report to the Minister.

2. The Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Annual Awards

The Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Annual Awards will recognise the achievements of small, medium and large companies in creating employment opportunities for veterans. The criteria for the awards will be developed in consultation with the Industry Advisory Committee.

3. Ex-Service Organisation Industry Partnership Register

Ex-service organisations are invited to register their interest in partnering with industry on projects to promote the employment of veterans. Industry will be able to access the database 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. Ex-service organisations and companies can register their interest by emailing

4. Department of Defence and Department of Veterans’ Affairs initiatives

  • Discharge, or separation, with documentation. Improvements to the transition process for separating members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) that will include ensuring all individuals leave Defence with separation documentation, such as their training records, and an individual transition plan.
  • Tailored transition coaching services for all separating members.
  • Reinstating surveys of former ADF personnel post-separation to assess the effectiveness of ADF transition programs and inform future initiatives.
  • Working with civilian authorities to align military qualifications with civilian qualifications.
  • Improvements to vocational rehabilitation services for veterans with an ADF-related injury or illness.

5. Australian Public Service (APS) initiatives

  • Launch of the new APSJobs website in 2017 will include specific information for veterans seeking employment in the APS.
  • Development of a tool that aligns ADF ranks to APS classifications.
  • Introduction of a toolkit that outlines information for veterans on working in the APS.

6. Department of Employment

  • An information page for veterans on the Government’s jobactive website has been created.
  • An optional ‘defence force experience desirable’ flag has been created for vacancies listed on the jobactive website to enable former ADF members to search for vacancies for which they would be well suited and apply directly to the employer. 
  • Development of a stronger partnership with the Department of Defence to further enhance the Career Transition Assistance Scheme for separating ADF members, including employment planning advice and labour market information.

Australian Defence Force Transferable Skills and Attributes

Members of the ADF gain an extensive range of skills, abilities, recognised behaviours and attributes that make them valuable employees in the civilian workforce. 

The range of leadership qualities acquired by ADF members through their military service and training are valuable to civilian employers. Their talents are easily transferable between military and civilian life 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 members continue to live by core ADF values such as honesty, honour, initiative, integrity, respect and teamwork. These key qualities are valued in any workplace.

Military personnel pride themselves on their responsiveness, problem-solving skills, teamwork and ability to work in high-pressure environments. Their experience in the ADF may also have led to the development of leadership skills and the ability to rapidly adapt to new technologies.

Many former members will have acquired professional or trade qualifications that are recognised in the civilian workforce, for example mechanics, health professionals, carpenters and drivers.


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