The Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Program demonstrates the importance the Government places on raising awareness with employers, both private and public sector, 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 bring, will increase employment opportunities for veterans.

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

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.

The Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards

The Annual Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards recognise organisations that employ and support veterans to transition to the civilian workforce, as well as recognise veterans who are making a significant contribution as an employee or entrepreneur. Find out more here.

Veterans’ Employment Commitment

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. Additionally, signing the Veterans' Employment Commitment commits each organisation to seek to provide employment opportunities and support veteran employees. Sign the Veterans’ Employment Commitment here.

Enhanced Employment Support for Veterans (EESV) Grants Program

The Australian Government committed $15 million over four years to provide grants to not-for-profit organisations to deliver innovative programs to support veterans to gain meaningful employment. The Enhanced Employment Support for Veterans (EESV) Grants Program recipients are: Soldier On, Disaster Relief Australia (formerly Team Rubicon Australia) and The Returned & Services League of Australia Ltd (RSL). Funding commenced in early 2020.

This funding will help these organisations provide direct support for veterans to translate their existing skills, build new skill sets, grow in confidence and find civilian employment. Under the EESV Grants Program, Soldier On and the RSL National are expanding existing veteran employment programs across a broader geographical area, while Disaster Relief Australia is establishing Disaster Relief Teams in new locations.   

Department of Defence and Department of Veterans’ Affairs initiatives

The Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs provide transitioning members of the ADF with support and resources to facilitate a smooth and successful transition to civilian life.

Transitioning members receive a personalised, tailored transition plan. These plans are supported by transition coaches who assist members to establish and achieve their goals post transition.

Australian Public Service (APS) initiatives

The APSjobs 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.

Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business initiatives

The Australian Government’s jobactive website now includes an information page for veterans and an optional ‘Defence Force experience desirable’ flag that can be used by employers to advertise job vacancies on the website – found via the ‘advanced job search’ button. This enables veterans seeking a job to search for the most suitable vacancies and allows them to apply directly to the employer.

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