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Rehab@DVA — Vol. 5 No. 2 — February 2019

New vocational education and training process

Photo of a female smiling, sitting at a desk with a computer screen behind her. She's holding a document and smiles as she talks to someone on the phone.The DVA Rehabilitation Program Section has produced a new Education and Training Guideline for Rehabilitation Providers submitting applications on behalf of their clients for education and training. This document brings together the relevant sections of the CLIK Rehabilitation Policy Library in one convenient location, with further detail to assist Rehabilitation Consultants in managing the expectations of their clients around both vocational and non-vocational education and training. Salient features of the new guideline include:

  • Clarification of DVA's policy on further education and training in vocational and non-vocational rehabilitation plans.
  • Removal of the arbitrary waiving of applications for courses under three months in duration. The new guideline applies to all vocational training applications regardless of length to ensure a close alignment between the proposed activity and the client's rehabilitation goal.
  • Training and Education proposals relating to a Vocational rehabilitation plan must use the revised application form D9303 — Vocational Education and Training Application Form. The revised form merges elements of the former checklist and the client agreement (D9303 Part F) into one document, and entails both the client and the consultant affirming they have discussed client responsibilities and the required level of commitment to see a study application through to completion.
  • Training requests for clients under a non-vocational rehabilitation plan are not required to use the D9303 Form, however the request must be made in writing with reference to the rehabilitation plan, and satisfy the criteria for determining "reasonableness" outlined in the guideline and at the CLIK Rehabilitation Policy Library 6.6.

More guidelines are being prepared for release in the near future.  Topics currently underway include the Rehabilitation Consultant registration process and a guideline for applying for psychosocial interventions.

Rehabilitation provider information session

"Save the date"We will be holding our first National Rehabilitation Provider Information Session for 2019:

Day: Wednesday
Date: 27 March 2019
Time: 2:30pm to 4:00pm AEDST

We will be issuing invitations and further information about the event shortly, but please put a placeholder in your diary if you are interested in attending.

By holding regular information sessions, we aim to create a collaborative forum and ensure that providers across Australia are updated on current and upcoming DVA policies and initiatives.

ADF Transition

Photo of the backs of a group of ADF staff (in a variety of uniforms) at a presentation, where a female presenter has a serious look on her face.The Department of Defence, Defence Community Organisation (DCO) offers a broad range of programs and services to help Defence families manage the military way of life.

A key function of DCO is to assist the transitioning to civilian life, which is inevitable, of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families by providing personalised and tailored assistance. This support is delivered under the banner of ADF Transition. This assistance can include career coaching, transition seminars, referrals to support services and providing transition administration support. DCO has 13 ADF Transition Centres nationally and provides an outreach service to more remote areas.

The ADF Transition team support ADF members and their family to access a full range of personalised transition support and meet the mandatory transition requirements. Support offered through ADF Transition can include (based on need):

  • Transition Planning session — to develop an individual transition plan outlining administrative requirements, Career Transition Assistance Scheme eligibility and other transition support.
  • Transition Coaching sessions — where a Transition Coach helps the member and their family plan for civilian employment, working with the member to understand their skills, interests and career aspirations, and providing tools and techniques to promote themselves to employers.
  • Transition seminar — a one-day, expo-style seminar that helps members and their family prepare for transition into civilian life and are available at any time during an ADF career.
  • Job search preparation workshops — a two-day workshop covering all aspects of applying for a job. Members can also access up to two hours of individual coaching to prepare for real-life job interviews and reinforce the skills they've learned at the workshop.
  • Career transition training — provides vocational education and training to support employment prospects after transition.
  • Career transition management coaching — helps the member identify skills, career options, develop an employment plan, develop interview skills and learn effective job hunting.
  • Curriculum Vitae coaching — teaches members how to develop their own curriculum vitae.
  • Financial counselling — provides support to seek professional financial advice.
  • Approved absence — a member may be eligible for approved absence, with agreement from their supervisor, to undertake all career transition activities including job interviews, appointments and on-the-job experience (includes weekends and public holidays).
  • Post-transition follow-up — provides ongoing access to transition coaching and the Career Transition Assistance Scheme for up to 12 months post-transition. This allows ADF Transition to continue to provide support to a former member's employment status.
  • Partner Employment Assistance Program — provides financial assistance for partners of current members and members medically transitioning to establish employment.
  • Personalised Career Employment Program — a three-month intensive program to assist members to build skills to prepare for and obtain employment.

Defence Transition for Employment Program

In addition to the existing offerings, DCO provides support to members who are medically transitioning from the ADF with complex circumstances, to establish meaningful civilian employment.

The Transition for Employment (T4E) Program is an enhancement to the medical transition process and supports the member's rehabilitation, builds their resilience and assists with the development of their future career and employment  opportunities outside of Defence.

The program is a vocationally-based service which delivers focused specialist employment support for those members with complex needs. The program incorporates both transition coaching and specialist employment services available for members to access for up to two years.

The T4E program structure is set out below.

  • Establishment Phase — This phase initiates the one to one vocational based support which includes mapping a participant's competencies, capabilities and qualifications, identifying the participant's civilian career goals and identifying any barriers that may challenge achieving meaningful civilian employment. In some instances a participant may undertake vocational training to increase their ability to achieve their employment goal.
  • Employment Phase — Together with their individually assigned career consultant, the participant will develop a bespoke employment plan and strategy to achieve the participant's employment goal.

A member's successful vocational outcome is centred on attaining meaningful employment. In this context, meaningful employment could include one of the following:

  • apprenticeships
  • internships/ graduate programs
  • paid employment (full /part time/casual)
  • freelancer/contractor jobs
  • volunteering
  • small business / franchise owner

Through T4E, members have the opportunity to work with potential employers or other relevant organisations to experience a job role and environment. This may include:

  • insight visits (no more than one day)
  • work experience placements (two to five days)
  • work placement (two to four weeks)

Such placements may occur before or while developing a participant's employment strategy to ensure a participant's goals are achievable and their expectations are realistic. 

Access to the program is by referral only. Members can be referred through a combination of the following channels:

  • their Commanding Officer, and/or
  • their Rehabilitation Case Manager
  • their Transition Coach, or
  • the Army Personnel Coordination Detachment (Army Specific)

The T4E program supplements the transition services that DCO provides to members and their families. Members approved to take part in the program are still required to complete the administrative components of the transition process.

Additional information about transition can be found at:

Or by emailing

For more information and resources about T4E or questions on this article email:

Defence Family Helpline 1800 624 608

At any time in their career Defence family members seeking advice, support or connection with their local community can call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.

Sharing success

Anthony Freebairn — Tomorrow is always a new day

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Photo of Anthony Freebairn, smiling and seated at an office desk. He's wearing a warm fleecy jacket and a baseball cap.A sudden accident that leaves a veteran unfit for service can come as a massive blow; especially when all they have ever known is life in the Forces. In our latest rehabilitation success story, Anthony shares his experience of life beyond the services, and of starting on a new career path after undertaking a rehabilitation program through DVA for a back injury sustained whilst employed with Defence. Anthony found renewed purpose and vigour that led to an improved quality of life and helped him towards finding love and happiness with his wife and children.

Anthony offers candid advice to veterans who may be looking to retrain after medical discharge and how to navigate the rehabilitation process to find feasible, meaningful employment.

Please email us at if you have a client who you think has a great rehabilitation success story to share.

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