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Find resources and support to help you plan your transition to civilian employment.

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.

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.

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:

Find a job or training course in Victoria

Connect with recruiters who understand veterans

National Veterans' employment tools and opportunities

The Federal Government worked with Defence as part of the Defence Force Transition ProgramExternal Link 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.

The Veteran Employment ToolkitExternal Link provides great practical information so you can use the skills and tasks you did, depending on rank, in areas such as:

  • leadership
  • planning
  • communication
  • problem-solving.

This helps to match and explain your Australian Defence Force (ADF) skills in a non-military way, against skills needed for civilian employment.

For a lot of veterans, they may never have had a job outside Defence. They may also not have applied for a job for quite some time. The Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment ProgramExternal Link provides support and information for:

  • planning their transition to the civilian workforce
  • tools for resume writing and applying for jobs
  • employment in a civilian workplace.

The Core Skills IdentifierExternal Link is an interactive online tool to help ex-service members identify what their military skills are in the civilian workplace.

The Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment ProgramExternal Link 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.

The Australian Defence Force Skills Translation GuidesExternal Link provide information for Defence veterans to have their transferable military skills appropriately recognised in a civilian context, or recognition of prior learning.

JobactiveExternal Link provides information tailored for veteran jobseekers.

ForceNetExternal Link 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

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