At some point in their career, all military members will transition out of the military and back into civilian life. It’s a process that involves the whole family, and planning early will make your transition as smooth and successful as possible.
ADF members planning to leave Defence can attend an ADF Transition Centre to obtain practical guidance and information to help them transition seamlessly into civilian life.
ADF Transition Centres are located across Australia and can link members and their families into Defence and Australian Government support services. They can also help with the administrative aspects of separation.
Additionally, Defence holds Transition Seminars nationally to help ADF members and their families prepare for separation from Defence.
The ADF Transition Handbook is a guide to help ADF members and their families prepare for separation from the military. Early planning and preparation will assist with a smooth transition into civilian life, and the ADF Transition Handbook is a great resource for both members and families - there's even a handy checklist at the back to help you step through the process.
Download: ADF Transition Handbook
ADF Transition Centres are located across Australia and can link members and their families into Defence and Australian Government support services and can assist all separating military members to access information relevant to their needs as well as with transition administration. Services include:
If you are considering separation complete web form AC853 - Application to Transfer Within or Separate from the ADF.
|Deakin||02 6265 8806|
New South Wales (NSW)
|Liverpool (Moorebank)||02 8782 8528|
|RAAF Richmond||02 4587 2526|
|HMAS Albatross||02 4587 2526|
|Defence Plaza Sydney||02 9393 2843|
|RAAF Williamtown||02 4034 7805|
|Kapooka||02 6933 8511|
|Bandiana North||02 6055 2119|
Northern Territory (NT)
|Robertson Barracks||08 8925 2071|
|Gallipoli Barracks||07 3332 7239|
|Lavarack Barracks||07 4411 7963|
South Australian (SA)
|Edinburgh Park||08 7383 0555|
|Defence Plaza Melbourne||03 9282 7666|
|Tasmania||03 6237 7279|
Western Australia (WA)
|HMAS Stirling||08 9553 2674|
|RAAF Base Pearce||08 9553 2674|
|Leeuwin Barracks||08 9553 2674|
ADF Transition Centre - National
|CTAS National Centre||-|
DCO host ADF Transition Seminars to help military personnel and their families prepare for separation from Defence. The Seminars have been designed to assist with preparing you for your transition, by providing impartial information and directing you to additional sources of information.
Topics addresses during seminars:
To apply to attend a seminar, complete web form AC853-4 - ADF Transition Seminar Application and submit to your nearest ADF Transition Centre.
The ADF Transition Seminar Booklet contains the presentation content from the seminar, it is a great resource for both members and families.
|7 - 8 June||Newcastle|
|14 - 15 June||Perth|
|20 - 21 June||Bandiana|
|11 - 12 July||Brisbane|
|19 - 20 July||Sydney|
|25 - 26 July||Cairns|
|2 - 3 August||Shoalhaven|
|9 - 10 August||Hobart|
|6 - 7 September||Adelaide|
|20 - 21 September||
|27 - 28 September||Canberra|
|11 - 12 October||Melbourne|
|17 - 18 October||Brisbane|
|24 - 25 October||Townsville|
|1 - 2 November||Liverpool|
|15 - 16 November||Perth|
Are you transitioning voluntarily and have served less than 18 years? A two-day workshop is now available to ADF members transitioning (or have transitioned in the past six months) under Career Transition Assistance Scheme Level 1 or CTAS Level 2.
Funded by Defence and delivered nationally, the job search preparation workshop provides training in:
You can also access up to two hours of individual coaching with the training provider to prepare for imminent job interviews and reinforce the skills learnt in the two-day workshop.
To apply to attend a workshop, complete web form AC853-3 - Career Transition Assistance Application and submit to your nearest ADF Transition Centre.
Defence provides a wide range of career transition support to separating ADF members through the Career Transition Assistance Scheme (CTAS). The intent of the scheme is to assist ADF members with preparing for their next career, not to find specific employment.
Access to the various levels of CTAS is determined on the length of service and/or the circumstances surrounding the ADF member's separation. ADF members should read PACMAN Chapter 2 Part 2 Division 2 Eligibility and levels of assistance for further guidance.
The following services are offered under CTAS:
To apply complete web form AC853-3 - Career Transition Assistance Application and submit to your nearest ADF Transition Centre.
Transition from the ADF can be a stressful time for the member and also their family. There are a number of organisations and resources that are available, the following organisations can offer advice and assistance to families in relation to separation from the ADF: