The Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Program demonstrates the importance the Government places on raising awareness of the skills, values and experience veterans bring to the civilian workplace.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) invests heavily in its servicemen and women, and they have a broad range of skills and experience. Their skill sets, including proven leadership and problem-solving skills, are in strong demand and transfer readily to civilian employment.

Australian organisations of all sizes, and across all industries, have an opportunity to employ these skilled and capable individuals when they separate from the ADF. Making organisations more aware of the value that veterans can add, will increase employment opportunities for veterans.

The Program comprises a range of initiatives to support the transition of veterans into the civilian workforce.

Raising awareness

  • The Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards recognise organisations that employ and support veterans to transition to the civilian workforce, and veterans who are making a significant contribution as an employee or entrepreneur. Find out more here.
  • The Veterans' Employment Commitment provides organisations with the opportunity to make a public commitment to support greater employment opportunities for veterans and to recognise the skills, values and experience that veterans bring. Signing the Veterans' Employment Commitment commits each organisation to seek to provide employment opportunities and support veteran employees. Sign the Veterans’ Employment Commitment here.

Advice, resources & support 

  • Go to the Prime Minister’s Veterans' Employment Program website for advice and links to resources and support for veterans, their partners and employers.  This includes veteran-to-veteran employment advice videos, and the Veterans’ Employment Toolkit, which provides some practical information to assist ADF personnel with their transition to civilian employment. 
  • The Australian Government committed four year Enhanced Employment Support for Veterans grant funding to not-for-profit organisations, Soldier On, Disaster Relief Australia (formerly Team Rubicon Australia) and The Returned & Services League of Australia Ltd (RSL), to deliver innovative programs to help veterans gain meaningful employment. Commencing in early 2020, this funding will help organisations provide direct support for veterans to translate their existing skills, build new skill sets, grow in confidence and find civilian employment. 
  • If you are unemployed or consider yourself to be underemployed, need assistance to change careers, or want support to adjust to the civilian workplace you can access additional support under the Department of Veterans' Affairs Support for Employment program. Details are available here
  • If you, or a family member are considering starting your own business, help through the New Business Assistance with SEA and the Prince’s Trust Australia (PTA) Enterprise Program will be offered from 1 July 2021.  If eligible, individuals may access one or both programs, in any order they choose, allowing people to choose the type, scope and timing of their participation. Further details are available here

Building the evidence base 

Work is underway to improve the evidence base around Australian veteran employment to inform policy and design support for veteran employment into the future.  This includes:

  • the establishment of a veteran indicator in the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s  New Employment Service Model, to understand, through de-identified data, the mainstream employment pathways and outcomes of veterans, and
  • increased data analysis to map benchmarks and establish sustainable reporting to measure and inform current and future initiatives under the Program.

The Program also collaborates on other Australian Government initiatives:

  • The Australian Public Service Commission website includes specific information for veterans seeking employment in the APS. An application that aligns ADF ranks to APS classifications and a toolkit that provides information to veterans about working in the APS are also available.
  • The Australian Government’s jobactive website includes an information page for veterans and an optional ‘Defence Force Experience Desirable’ flag that can be used by employers. More information is here.
  • Jobseekers completing an employment profile in jobactive may be invited to compete a survey to provide information regarding their ADF service (see ‘Building the Evidence’ on this page).

Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment

The Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment comprises representatives from a broad range of Australian businesses and industries, and provides advice from an industry perspective on initiatives to support veterans’ employment. This includes the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards and new initiatives, such as the Enhanced Employment Support for Veterans Grants Program. Member organisations are appointed by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and membership is reviewed every three years.


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