Not everyone leaving the Defence Force makes a drastic change to a new path in life. For some, the transition to civilian life is less challenging than the journey they’ve been able to take since.
When he left the Air Force, Bradley Stanford was already working as a Project Engineer in Canberra. On paper, it should have been a seamless transition. Read More
Between them, Mike Fowler and his wife Fiona have seen almost half a century of service in the Defence force.
In 2001 Mike made the decision to transition out of the Army to join the Australian Public Service, while his partner continued to serve in the Air Force. He now volunteers as a koala rescuer. Read More
The new section of the DFA website is designed to support ADF partner employment by addressing the need for employer education and connection, including development of a checklist for the ‘gold standard’ of what it means to be a Defence partner friendly employer.
Defence Community Organisation’s Partner Employment Assistance Program provides support with job readiness, including funding of up to $1500 towards initiatives to assist ADF partners with the immediate difficulties of finding employment when the member is relocated on posting. Read More
This issue features how members and their families overcome life’s challenges to fulfil their dreams.
We hear from Matilda, who has grown up in a Defence family and is thinking about joining the Air Force, and talk to Mike who spends his time volunteering since transitioning from the Army. We’ve also got tales of Welcome events around the country and much more for all kinds of Defence families.Read More
Having had three generations serve across the ADF, the Hooper family know what it is like to serve.
As the son of World War II pilot Flight Lieutenant Laurence Hooper, and father of serving members Ann, Sean and Aaron, Lieutenant Commander Brice Hooper likens the sense of belonging in the ADF to joining a broader family.Read More
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Members leaving the military will now get individual career coaching as Defence implements changes to its transition support services.
From July 2017, members will be offered tailored career coaching services during transition and up to 12 months afterwards. They will also have all appropriate documentation available by the time they leave Defence.
Families are encouraged to attend meetings with ADF Transition Support Services and information sessions. Read More
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