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ADF Transition

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.

Handbook

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

Centres

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:

  • Provide information on, and link members into Defence and government support services;
  • Advise on Defence procedures, such as choosing separation dates;
  • Assist with completing Defence requirements; and
  • Assist the member and their family with becoming separation ready.

If you are considering separation complete web form  AC853 - Application to Transfer Within or Separate from the ADF.

ACT

ACT Transition Centre
Location Phone
Deakin 02 6265 8806

New South Wales (NSW)

NSW Transition Centres
Location Phone
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)

NT Transition Centre
Location Phone
Robertson Barracks 08 8925 2071

Queensland (QLD)

QLD Transition Centres
Location Phone
Gallipoli Barracks 07 3332 7239
Lavarack Barracks 07 4411 7963

South Australian (SA)

SA Transition Centre
Location Phone
Edinburgh Park 08 7383 0555

Victoria (VIC)

VIC Transition Centre
Location Phone
Defence Plaza Melbourne 03 9282 7666

Tasmania (TAS)

TAS Transition Centres
Location Phone
Tasmania 03 6237 7279

Western Australia (WA)

State Transition Centres
Location Phone
HMAS Stirling 08 9553 2674
RAAF Base Pearce 08 9553 2674 
Leeuwin Barracks 08 9553 2674

ADF Transition Centre - National

National Transition Centre
Location Phone
CTAS National Centre  -

Seminars

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:

  • Your career and you
  • Your money and you
  • Transition support benefits
  • Transition support and administration
  • Reserve service
  • Superannuation
  • Health insurance
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Veterans and Veterans Family Counselling Services

To apply to attend a seminar, complete web form AC853-4 - ADF Transition Seminar Application and submit to your nearest ADF Transition Centre.

Seminar booklet

The ADF Transition Seminar Booklet contains the presentation content from the seminar, it is a great resource for both members and families.

Dowload: ADF Transition Seminar Booklet

2016 Dates

2016 Transition Semindar dates
Date Location
16 - 17 November Perth

2017 Dates

2017 Transition Semindar dates
Date Location
8 - 9 March Sydney
14 - 15 March Brisbane
28.- 29 March Townsville
5 - 6 April Adelaide
11 - 12 April Canberra
10 - 11 May Melbourne
24 - 25 May Darwin
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

Darwin

27 - 28 September Canberra
11 - 12 October Melbourne
17 - 18 October Brisbane
24 - 25 October Townsville
1 - 2 November Liverpool
15 - 16 November Perth

Workshops

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:

  • creating and maintaining a curriculum vitae (CV;)
  • how and when to write a cover letter;
  • how to determine what the job advertisement is asking for; and
  • research and preparation for an interview, including practising interview skills.

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.

CTAS

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:

  • Career Transition Training;
  • Career Transition Management Coaching;
  • Curriculum Vitae Coaching;
  • Financial Counselling;
  • Approved Absence; and
  • Transition Seminars

To apply complete web form AC853-3 - Career Transition Assistance Application and submit to your nearest ADF Transition Centre.

Support

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: