APS Veteran Employment Pathway: Continuing to Serve

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A Pathway to assist veterans who have recently transitioned to civilian life and are interested in a career with the Australian Public Service (APS)

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Find work in the APS

The Veteran Employment Pathway (VEP) is a program to help you find a varied career within the Australian Public Service (APS).

We are working with the Department of Defence to trial a small pilot program. Our aim is to support veterans to gain ongoing employment in the APS, and assist in the transition to the APS through an induction and development program. We will match you with a suitable role in DVA or Defence which would benefit from your military experience. This program will include targeted support for transition from a military background into the culture and skills required for APS employment. This pathway has been designed to ensure long-term success and an APS career for participants.

To ensure a smooth transition into APS culture, participants will take part in:

  • formal learning and development
  • a mentor and buddy program
  • building a peer network
  • family inclusion activities

Other benefits to ongoing APS employment include:

  • advancement opportunities
  • stability and security
  • a variety of leave options (including Reservist leave, and continuation of long service leave accrued during service)
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Who should apply?

We welcome applicants from all services and specialities. We want your insights and skills. For the pilot program, we are looking for people who recently transitioned or are in the process of transitioning from military service. In future versions of the program, we hope to be able to include more participants with less requirements.

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How long it goes for

The program will consist of 10 months of targeted learning and development. After you complete the program, you will continue in your role as an ongoing staff member under standard employment conditions.

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What you will do

We have a variety of roles available within DVA and Defence. Specific training in these roles will be included in your program. Your work may include:

  • working within a team in an office environment
  • managing projects or programs
  • contributing to the Defence community
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Dependant on the role, DVA positions will be available at a number of capital cities.

Defence roles will only be Canberra-based for the pilot program.

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Virtual information evening

You can register now for a virtual information session on Thursday evening, 15 July 2021 at 6pm.

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When to apply?

Applications will be open from 8 to 22 July 2021. Between those dates, you will be able to submit an application through APS Jobs, or through DVA’s candidate portal. The program will commence in late October 2021, when you will be flown to Canberra for an orientation period.

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Contact us with questions

Email employmentpathways [at] dva.gov.au if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Bill, Program Assurance Officer

“My experience at DVA has been one of challenge and growth. It allows me to continue to work for a meaningful cause.”

Bill served in both the Norwegian and Australian armed forces, and currently serves in the Army Reserves. His entitlement to 20 days paid annual defence leave allows him to fulfil his role as a Platoon Commander in Bathurst, NSW.

Bill joined the department as a graduate where he gained experience in veteran facing roles and the Secretary’s Office before permanently working in the Transformation and Commemorations Division helping manage the Veteran Centric Reform Program.

He hopes to encourage other men and women transitioning to be confident when interviewing for jobs, as the qualities and values shared by ADF members are valuable and can help you stand out as a candidate.

Bill sitting at a desk in an office, working.
Bill standing outside wearing his uniform.

Philip, Senior Policy Officer

“I made mistakes when starting out, but my support network helped me a lot. I’d like to help others who may be feeling a bit like a fish out of water, like I first did”

Philip served with the ADF for 7 years before deciding to discharge. During his time in the ADF, Philip commenced studying part-time for a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Sociology and Philosophy.

Upon discharge, Philip finished his degree and joined the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) as a graduate. He is now a Senior Policy Officer working in the Employment Policy Section.

Before joining DVA, Philip worked for a number of small businesses while studying. Despite his technical skills, he said it was not easy to find a career after leaving the ADF and this motivates him to make life easier for those who are transitioning.

Phillip sitting at a desk in an office, smiling.
Phillip kneeling outdoors in uniform.
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