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Your Career

Will you be ready to leave?

Attend an ADF Transition Seminar well before discharge to get an understanding of your entitlements.
Attend an ADF Transition Seminar well before discharge to get an understanding of your entitlements.

By Kelly Jeffs

IN mid-1998 a review of ADF resettlement benefits found that the Defence Resettlement Training (DRT) scheme did not meet the needs of the modern ADF workforce and suffered from inequities in the application of benefits.

On July 1, 2001, the Career Transition Assistance Scheme (CTAS) replaced the DRT scheme. CTAS provides more flexible benefits and much wider access to career transition information for all ADF members.

CTAS is managed on a tri-service basis to ensure all ADF members are treated equitably. It is a continually evolving policy and Defence is constantly examining ways to improve the scheme.

On January 30 the first major policy amendments were issued. Some of the enhancements to CTAS include:

  • The introduction of vocationally-orientated tertiary studies. Defence identified a need to expand the Career Transition Training (CTT) guidelines to include studies of a tertiary nature. Study is limited to the final year of a tertiary course, or to a course that may be completed (start to finish) within one year. Examples of vocational courses that might be sponsored include engineering, accountancy, law and teaching.
  • Financial counselling for members on medical discharges. Members whose service is terminated for medical reasons may receive professional financial counselling up to a maximum of $464, in line with redundancy entitlements.
  • Removal of the five-year limitation for members applying for approved absence. Members who have completed 0-12 years service at the time of separation, and who have completed initial training in a mustering, may apply for five days approved absence. Approved absence is to provide members with the opportunity to attend career transition activities, such as job interviews and on-the-job experience.
  • Automatic preservation of CTAS entitlements. The requirement to apply for preservation of entitlements has been abolished. Any unused entitlements under CTAS (excluding approved absence) are automatically preserved for a period of 12 months from separation. Members must apply for, and complete, any career transition activity within this 12-month period.

CTAS is available to all Permanent and Reserve members who have rendered full-time service. Benefits are determined by length of qualifying service. The table at right details the CTAS benefits.

The ADF has an obligation to assist you with your career transition and Defence is committed to continually reviewing and improving CTAS.

Effective career transition is a shared responsibility but it is predominantly up to you to start preparations well before your intended separation date. In preparation for your transition, it is strongly recommend that you:

  • Attend an ADF Transition Seminar at least three years from your anticipated separation date, then again within your final year of service.
  • Undertake training using the Defence Assisted Study Scheme (DI(G) Pers 05-1) before submitting your application to separate.
  • Discuss your post-separation career intentions with your local Resettlement Officer. Contact details for regional Resettlement Officers can be found on the CTAS web sites.
  • Make sure you access your CTAS benefits as soon as you have applied to leave the ADF.

For more information refer to:

Career Transition Assistance Level
Online Information
ADF
Transtition Seminar

Approved Absence for CT Activities

CT Training
CT Management Coaching
CV
coaching
Financial counsel
1 (0-12 years)
Yes
Yes
5 days ¹
No
No
No
No
2 (12-18 years)
Yes
Yes
10 days
Yes
$1100
Yes ²
$1100
Yes
$227
No
3 (18 plus years)
Yes
Yes
23 days
Yes
$4400
Yes ²
Yes
$227
No
3 Medical/
MIER/
Redundant
Yes
Yes
23 days
Yes
$4400
Yes
$2232
Yes
$227
Yes
$464
Note (1) To be eligible for approved absence, a member must have completed initial training in a mustering.
Note (2) Member may only access CTMC or CIT – not both.
 

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