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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Education & Employment

DCO’s range of support for Defence partners works to:

  • minimise disruption to employment due to relocations,
  • help connect you with community resources and support networks,
  • provide you with support when your partner is away for Service reasons, and
  • help you develop stress management strategies and build on your strengths and resilience.

For more information or to access any of these services, call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.


Partner Education and Employment Program (PEEP)

The Partner Education and Employment Program (PEEP) provides funding towards initiatives aimed to contribute to the employability of partners when they are relocated as a consequence of their ADF partner’s military service.

PEEP, offers various initiatives to eligible partners. They are:

  • personalised resume preparation,
  • professional employment assistance, such as employment advice and help with job applications,
  • renewing professional registration in a new location, and
  • education or training courses.

If you have any queries about PEEP, contact the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on  1800 624 608 or

How to apply

Applications are considered throughout the financial year until funding allowance has been exhausted.

Interested partners need to read the guidelines and eligibility criteria and then fill in the application form. You will need to demonstrate the relevance of the proposed study to your chosen field of employment. Self-interest or hobby courses will not be funded under PEEP.

Applicants should anticipate that it will take a minimum of 28 days from receipt of the application form (and any necessary evidence as attachments to the application form for an assesment to be made. Applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application. 

All assistance provided under PEEP will attract Fringe Benefits Tax for the ADF member, not the partner. We strongly advise you to seek financial advice about how this will affect your tax and benefits before committing to the program.

Distance learning

Defence has a partnership with Open Universities Australia (OUA), which offers higher‑education and vocational study options from single units to entire degree programs. Partners are encouraged to take up distance learning through OUA, as it allows you to learn at your own pace and from wherever you are currently posted.

OUA’s value‑added offer for Defence includes an advisory support team, financial assistance for textbooks and tutorial support.

This offer is not limited to successful PEEP applicants and extends to ADF personnel and Defence APS employees and their immediate families.

Visit the website at for more information.


There are several free employment resources available online which may be of use to Defence partners. Free professional resume builders are a great resource and are available on the internet. Entering 'resume builder'’ into a search engine will give you an extensive range to choose from.

JobSearch is Australia's largest free jobs website.  It is funded and operated by the Australian Government as a free service to help job seekers gain employment and connect employers with quality staff. Visit for more information.

The Australian Public Service Commission's Cracking the code – How to apply for jobs in the Australian Public Service is a comprehensive online resource that includes advice on how to answer selection criteria and handling a job interview. Visit for more information.