APS Veteran Employment Pathway: Continuing to Serve

Secretary Liz Cosson AM CSC recently welcomed the first participants in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (DVA’s) Veteran Employment Pathway Program.

While the program will formally commence in February 2022, the Secretary, along with the DVA Veteran Employment Pathways manager, Mick Barnes, welcomed Adam, Alaric, Jason, Erika and Andrew to the program early.

The Veteran Employment Pathway Program is a collaboration between DVA, Department of Defence and the Australian Public Service Commission. The program aims to support veterans into employment in the Australian Public Service (APS) including a development program to kick start their public service career. The program provides targeted support for participants’ transition from a military background to a career in the APS, supported by the APS Academy. This pathway has been designed to ensure long-term success, with participants continuing in their roles as ongoing staff at DVA and Defence after completing the program.

To help participants transition to the APS culture and way of working, participants will take part in:

  • formal learning and development,
  • be offered a mentor,
  • have access to an internal buddy,
  • have access to peer networks, and
  • have access to family inclusion activities.

There are many benefits to an APS career, and veterans bring with them unique experiences and valuable skills that can applied to many roles across the APS.

Applications for the 2022 Veteran Employment Pathway Program have already closed, however other opportunities to work at DVA can be found on the DVA website: dva.gov.au/about-us/careers.

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Veteran Employment Pathway participants with Program Manager Mick Barnes (second from left) and Secretary Liz Cosson AM CSC (centre).