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For ADF members and their families

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Employment assistance

Defence Community Organisation’s employment support program for ADF partners recognises the disruption relocation can have on a partner’s employment.

The need to relocate with your partner on posting is an integral part of the Defence lifestyle and can interrupt your employment. If you’re posting to a new location or you have just posted, and you’re an ADF partner looking for work, help is available.

We provide funding for initiatives aimed at contributing to the employability of ADF partners when they are relocated as a consequence of their partner’s military service.

PEAP

Partner Employment Assistance Program

From 1 July 2017, our Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP) will provide funding towards initiatives to assist ADF partners with the immediate difficulties of finding employment when the member is relocated on posting.

In each posting location, partners of ADF personnel can apply for up to $1500 funding to access the following employment-related initiatives:

  • mandatory fees for professional re-registration required under legislation
  • professional employment services
    • development of a personalised resume and/or resume coaching
    • identification of transferrable skills
    • employment options and job placement advice
    • job search techniques and strategies
    • development of an online employment profile
    • application and selection criteria coaching
    • preparation and presentation coaching for interviews
How to apply

Interested partners should read the PEAP guidelines before completing the PEAP application form . A quote from your chosen provider must be provided as part of your application.

Applicants should anticipate that it will take a minimum of 28 days from receipt of a complete application (including completed application form and required attachments) for an assessment to be made. Applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.

Funding is not guaranteed and is subject to the availability of sufficient funding in the relevant financial year.

Payment of this benefit may result in a reportable Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) amount being recorded against 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.

More information

If you’ve read the guidelines and still have questions, contact the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 or defencefamilyhelpline@defence.gov.au.

PEEP

Partner Education and Employment Program (PEEP)

PEEP, from 1 July 2017, facilitates ongoing funding towards previously approved education to contribute to the employability of partners when they are relocated as a consequence of their ADF partner’s military service.

Partners should read the PEEP guidelines before completing the PEEP application form.

You should anticipate that it will take a minimum of 28 days from receipt of a complete application (application form and required attachments) for an assessment to be made. Applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.

PEEP funding is not guaranteed and is subject to the availability of sufficient funding in the relevant financial year.

Payment of this benefit may result in a reportable Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) amount being recorded against 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.

More information

If you’ve read the guidelines and still have questions, contact the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 or defencefamilyhelpline@defence.gov.au.

Other employment support

Education support

Partners wishing to undertake higher education courses can apply for funding support through a range of Government-funded programs.

Tertiary education loans

The Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) is a loan scheme provided by the Australian government to assist higher education students to meet the tuition costs of their studies.

HECS-HELP is the loan program that assists students in commonwealth supported places (most undergraduate students at Australian public universities are enrolled in commonwealth supported places) with paying their student contribution amount. HECS-HELP can cover all or part of a student’s student contribution amount.

FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that helps eligible fee-paying students to pay their tuition fees. FEE-HELP can cover all or part of a student’s tuition fees.

An eligible course of study for FEE-HELP is a subject that is part of a program leading to a higher education award (such as a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters by coursework).

Through HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP, the Australian Government pays the amount of the loan direct to the tertiary institution. Students repay their loans through the taxation system once their income is above the minimum repayment for compulsory repayment. Voluntary repayments can be made at any time regardless of your income.

Vocational education and training loans

The VET Student Loans Program is an income contingent loan offered by the Australian government that helps eligible students pay for some vocational and education training (VET) diploma level or above courses.

Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt and must be paid back at the relevant repayment rate when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.

For more information on HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP and VET student loans:

Employment

Jobactive is an Australian Government initiative that connects job seekers with employers and is delivered by a network of Jobactive providers in more than 1700 locations across Australia.

To find out more about Jobactive and to find your local provider, visit the Jobactive website www.jobactive.gov.au.

Starting a small businesses

If you are a Defence partner already running or looking to start a small business the following information and websites may be of assistance to you.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science provides a free Grants and Assistance tool to help you find support, funding, assistance packages and loans for your business from all levels of government: www.business.gov.au/Assistance.

Job seekers interested in running a small business may be eligible to participate in the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme as part of the Government’s Jobactive initiative. It is a program delivered by a network of 21 providers who provide individualised help for job seekers to become self-employed business owners. For more information see www.employment.gov.au/neis.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) provides information about taxation and other important consideration when starting your own business: www.ato.gov.au/Business/Starting-your-own-business/.

There’s also information for small business operators whose main office is in their home: www.ato.gov.au/General/Property/Property-used-in-running-a-business/Running-your-business-from-home/.

Operating a business from a Defence Housing Australia property

Defence Housing Australia (DHA) supports tenants, wherever practicable, in the operation of a business from home. If you are a recognised dependant of a serving member and wish to operate a business from home from your DHA property, you must apply in writing to your local regional office. Details: www.dha.gov.au/housing/other-requests#bizhome.