The Veteran's Employment Program features a number of initiatives for business, industry and government.
The Committee will develop and provide advice on practical measures to embed veterans' employment strategies into the recruitment practices of Australian businesses. The Committee will play a role in the broader promotion of the skills and professional attributes that veterans have to offer employers. Companies can register their interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual awards will recognise the achievements of small, medium and large companies in creating employment opportunities for veterans.
Ex-service organisations are invited to register their interest in partnering with industry on projects to promote the employment of veterans. They will be able to access the database when they are seeking a partner to assist in the creation of employment opportunities for veterans, including in regional and remote areas of the country. Ex-service organisations and companies can register their interest by emailing ESOindustryregister@dva.gov.au.
The launch of the new APSJobs website in 2017 will include specific information for veterans seeking employment in the APS. APSC is also developing a toolkit including advice aligning ADF ranks to APS classifications and information for veterans about working in the APS.
The Department of Employment will be updating their jobactive website in support of the Veterans' Employment Program. Planned changes to the jobactive website include developing an information page for veterans and creation of an optional 'Defence Force experience desirable' flag for vacancies listed on the site to help former members search for vacancies. The Department will also develop a stronger partnership to further enhance the Defence Career Transition Assistance Scheme (CTAS) for members separating from the ADF, including planning advice and labour market information.
The Departments of Defence and Veterans' Affairs are working with civilian authorities to align military qualifications with civilian qualifications. Other initiatives include improvements to the transition process for separating Defence Force members to ensure all individuals leave Defence with appropriate separation documentation, such as their training records and an individual transition plan. There will also be tailored transition coaching services for all separating members and improved vocational rehabilitation for veterans with an service-related injury or illness. Post-separation surveys will be used to assess the effectiveness of ADF transition programs and inform future initiatives.
At some point in their career, all military members will transition out of the Defence Force and back into civilian life. It's a process that involves the whole family, and planning early will make the transition as smooth and successful as possible.
ADF Transition Services are delivered through 13 regional ADF Transition Centres located either on, or near major Defence establishments. Transition Centres provide services including Seminars across Australia, personalised assistance to prepare for transition, referrals to appropriate support and assistance with administration.
Members can also access information about the Career Transition Assistance Scheme (CTAS), that gives eligible members access to financial assistance towards education and training that contributes to their civilian career readiness.
For more information about ADF Transition support, visit Defence Community Organisation's website.