Veteran support for transition to civilian employment
Transitioning to civilian employment can be a challenge, and different for every veteran.
Veterans develop valuable skills during their military service, but sometimes it's difficult to transfer those skills to the civilian workforce.
There are many tools and services to support veterans to move to civilian employment across both the private and public sector, the following resources can help you or your family members start the search for the right next step.
Jobs Victoria resources
Jobs Victoria has launched a new Veterans initiative providing additional resources to assist Veterans and their families to find jobs.
They can provide information, advice and support in person and over the phone.
Veterans and their families can register for the Jobs Victoria Online Hub which connects people who are ready to work with employers who are looking for skilled workers.
The Jobs Victoria Online Hub is a free job search service available to anyone looking for work. You can apply for jobs posted by employers in your local area.
When you register for job alerts, make sure you nominate as a veteran or immediate family member, so they can match you to employers who value your transferable skills.
- – free employment advice, support to get job-ready, and career counselling to prepare for and gain work.
- – get advice and support to help prepare you for employment.
- – sign up for Jobs Victoria updates.
- – register to find job opportunities.
- – personalised support and services to help you find work.
- – knowledge sharing and resources to help you get a job.
Victorian public sector veteran employment opportunities
If you live in Victoria, there are ways that the Victoria State Government can help you find employment.
State Government values the skills and experience veterans gain while in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). In November 2016 a target was set to employ 250 veterans in the Victorian public sector. This later went up to 750.
- Register as a veteran on to search for jobs and help track the number of veterans applying.
- Find helpful information in the on the Victorian Government website.
- Find more information on
- on the Mentorloop website.
Industry veteran employment opportunities in Victoria
Industry in Victoria recognises the value that Defence veterans can bring to their workplace. Find more job opportunities, employment programs and education supports available to veterans:
- – part of a national program to help you find and apply for civilian employment.
- – connects veterans to work in the Victorian construction industry, whether on the tools or in the office. All major government-funded projects have veterans added to the Priority Job Seekers list.
- – provides practical career advice and employment help.
- – supports members of the veteran community to start a business.
- – support and professional development for veterans studying at university.
Find a job or training course in Victoria
- – search for training courses.
- – general career advice.
- – search for information on courses, eligibility and access.
- – jobs and apprenticeships.
- – connect with prospective employers.
- – find job opportunities.
Connect with recruiters who understand veterans
- is a veteran-owned tech company that helps veterans with their transition from the military into fulfilling new careers.
- (formerly Ironside Recruitment) – Australia’s first dedicated recruitment agency for veterans.
National Veterans' employment tools and opportunities
The Federal Government worked with Defence as part of the to develop the Veteran Employment Toolkit and Veterans’ Employment Program. These help veterans adapt the skills they learned during their Defence career into the type of skills that civilian employers are looking for.
This helps to match and explain your Australian Defence Force (ADF) skills in a non-military way, against skills needed for civilian employment.
- planning their transition to the civilian workforce
- tools for resume writing and applying for jobs
- employment in a civilian workplace.
The also targets employers, to explain to them the value of employing veterans and the unique combination of qualifications, training, experience and skills they can provide their workforce. There are also ways employers can let veterans know they are interested and value Defence Force veterans.
is a Defence e-communications secure platform that keeps Defence members, veterans and Defence family members connected. This lets veterans that are reservists access Reserve employment opportunities as they are posted.
Information for employers
Each year approximately 500 veterans transition from service in the Australian Defence Force into civilian life in Victoria, along with their families.
Veterans have undergone the competitive and thorough ADF recruitment process and undertaken ongoing education and on the job training as a requirement throughout their service. What this means for employers as they transition out of service is access to a pool of highly qualified and skilled workers.
The ADF has an extensive range of roles beyond what you might expect, and veterans have a wealth of transferrable skills across many fields including management and leadership, logistics, project management, trades, construction, security, administration, medicine and health, and many more.
The Victorian Government has created a resource to raise awareness of the benefits of employing veterans, which will provide you with additional information on the skills, experience and attributes veterans can bring to your business.
Reviewed 12 August 2022