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ADF Transition and Civil Recognition Project

ADF Transition & Civil Recognition Project


The ADF Transition and Civil Recognition (ADF TCR) Project was established to provide an opportunity for Defence veterans have their transferable military skills appropriately recognised in a civilian context prior to transitioning to civilian employment. This opportunity engages a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL), sometimes called recognition of current competency (RCC).

The ADF TCR Project offers veterans:

  • ADF Transition Training and Skills Guides that articulate career and military skills in civilian language
  • RPL to relevant national accreditation, where the member is able to demonstrate their competency against the performance and knowledge elements of the assessment requirements for the unit of competency
  • Vocational education and training (VET) advice and guidance
  • A catalogue of Veteran Employment Programs & Veterans Support Organisations by state/territory (contact the ADF TCR Project Manager)

The ADF TCR Project facilitates a long-term, ongoing program to map the standard military training in Navy, Army and Air Force to relevant accredited competencies that meet industry priorities.

Prior to Transition

Prior to transition it is important to save copies of the following documents:

  1. Your ‘ADO Service Record’ from PMKeyS
  2. Your two most recent PAR/PPR (signed)
  3. Copies of any Qualifications and Statements of Attainment you hold
  4. A description of tasks/duty statement for recent job roles
  5. Copies of any awards or commendations

ADF Transition Training & Skills Guides

These brochures articulate career and military skills in civilian language. They:

  • Identify core tasks within the non-senior leadership group ranks
  • Articulate career and military skills in civilian language
  • Were created specifically to address the priority skills for employment identified through consultation with industry peak bodies
  • Can assist you to build an employment profile, CV or résumé
  • Can assist you to prepare for interview by
    • identifying industry’s priority skills and
    • contextualising your military skills in clear English
  • provide a prompt for you to identify further skills acquired during service
More Information

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is a process that converts what you’ve done in your profession, education, training, and extra-curricular activity into recognised civilian accreditation. Within the confines of what the DRTO can issue, we will ensure you are provided with civilian recognition of your time in service, where eligible. Information is available on the RPL page.

A Guide for Employers of Veterans

As a result of consultation with the Department of Jobs and Small Business, this guide was produced as a resource for employers. Do you know there are employers who specifically want to employ a veteran? Check out the services of Department of Jobs and Small Business via the link on the Useful Links page.

Print A Guide for Employers of Veterans double-sided on A3 paper, flip on short edge.

Limited copies are available on request: contact ADF.CivilRecognition@defence.gov.au.

As with all areas of the DRTO, the ADF TCR Project staff will provide advice and guidance on Vocational Education & Training (VET). Please contact them at any time - ADF.CivilRecognition@defence.gov.au.

When to access ADF TCR Project services

You should contact the ADF TCR Project if you;

  • are transitioning from Defence and have no accredited training *
  • are transitioning from Defence and unsure whether you have any accreditations *
  • have proficiencies and think they might make up a full qualification *
  • want to seek employment in a particular industry and want to know if your military skills align to it
  • have contacted, or been contacted by, an external RTO and are unsure about what they are offering (or recommending)

  • * Review / download your PMKeyS ‘ADO Service Record’ as this contains a list of each proficiency, qualification, or unit of competency achieved (or ‘satisfied’) during, and as a result, of your service.

    A proficiency is defined as ‘training, education or experiential outcome achieved by an individual which is essential to satisfy a specified workplace requirement associated with an established Defence position, and includes certificate, licence, experience, stream and skill’ - Australian Defence Glossary.

Veterans Employment Programs

There are a growing number of Veterans Employments Programs available within both state and federal government departments and the private sector. The following selection is provided for situational awareness and does not constitute a Defence recommendation or referral.