When you're looking for your first job out of the ADF, think about your transferable skills and experience. What industries could use your skills? Consider whether you need further training to get where you want to go.

If you are unsure of what types of jobs would best suit your needs and skills, it might help to talk to a careers counsellor. Defence provides assistance to prepare for civilian employment.

Also, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. If there is not a demand or opening for the type of work you really want to do, you may be able to plan a pathway to your preferred job. You may also consider going into business for yourself.

Job search tools for veterans

There are a number of ways to search for job opportunities, including Job Boards and Career Websites such as Seek, Jora, Indeed, CareerOne, Glassdoor, AllJobs, jobactive or APS Jobs.


You can now use the Australian Government’s jobactive website to search specifically for jobs open to ex-ADF members. jobactive pulls job advertisements from all over Australia into one searchable database.

To search for jobs flagged as Defence Force Experience Desirable (DFED) follow these steps:

  1. Visit the jobactive website and go to advanced search (use the link provided here because it can be hard to find on jobactive)
  2. Put in your search parameters
  3. Under Special Vacancy Type select 'Defence Force Experience Desirable'
  4. Press Search

jobactive also provides information about the labour market and gives veteran tailored resources to assist your job search.

Find jobs near you

Jobs Hub

The Australian Government is supporting job seekers and employers to connect in a rapidly changing jobs market. You can use the Jobs Hub website to explore job opportunities, as well as identify similar jobs matching your skills for a broader range of options.

Find jobs near you


Seek is one of Australia's larger job marketplaces, allowing you to search for job vacancies by location, by industry, by pay scale or by your area of interest. You can create a profile to attract interest from prospective employers, you can use the details in the profile to build an online resume. Seek also provides you with access to employee reviews of organisations as well as information and templates to help you with your job search. 

Find jobs near you

Australian Public Service Jobs

The Australian Public Service (APS) provides job opportunities across a wide range of roles and duties throughout Australia. 

The APSjobs website is your gateway to a career in the APS.

APSjobs publishes vacancies daily in a range of job categories from entry level positions through to senior leadership roles. You will also find links to vacancies in the Australian Parliamentary Service and State and Territory Government vacancies.

Find APS Jobs

Find a veteran-friendly workplace

The Veterans Employment Commitment is a public commitment by businesses to support the employment of veterans. The Commitment is for all Australian businesses who recognise the skills and experience of our ex-service men and women.

By signing the Veterans Employment Commitment businesses have declared that they value the skills and experience of ex-ADF members.

You can browse the list of businesses that have signed the Commitment to identify veteran-friendly employers based on their location, industry and business size.

Find a Veteran Committed Employer

Guide to Australian careers

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business provides information about Australian careers, labour market trends and employment projections thought its Job Outlook publication.

You might look to use as a guide to make decisions about the next step in your career or to undertake further study and training.

Explore Job Outlook

Self-employment assistance

The Australian Government offers a range of services to help you start a small business.

Explore services for new businesses

ADF Transition Services

Defence provides comprehensive transition services, including assistance with preparing for civilian employment. These services are available for up to 12 months after you leave the ADF.

Explore Transition Services



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