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Moving back into civilian life

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.

Contact the Defence Family Helpline on DefenceFamilyHelpline@defence.gov.au or
1800 624 608.

You can also download a factsheet about transition support in our Resources section.

ADF Transition 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.

ADF Transition Handbook |PDF |1MB

Application form

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

ADF Transition Seminars

2016

Date

Location

20 – 21 July

Sydney

26 – 27 July

Cairns

3 – 4 August

Shoalhaven

10 – 11 August

Hobart

14 – 15 September

Adelaide

21 – 22 September

Darwin

5 – 6 October

Melbourne

12 – 13 October

Canberra

18 – 19 October

Brisbane

25 – 26 October

Townsville

2 – 3 November

Liverpool

16 – 17 November

Perth

2017 (dates may change)

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

ADF Transition Seminars have been designed to assist with preparing your transition to civilian employment, by providing information and directing you to additional sources of
information. The following topics are addressed during the seminars:

Dowload: ADF Transition Seminar Booklet (PDF)

To find out more about the ADF Transition Seminars contact your nearest ADF Transition Centre.

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Canberra BC ACT 2610

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