Living the military lifestyle brings a range of opportunities for ADF families, but employment can be a challenge for some partners when they post to a new location. Expanded eligibility for PEAP funding support will help more partners find work, including when members medically transition from service.
Managed by Defence Community Organisation, PEAP provides funding towards initiatives aimed at contributing to ADF partner employability in their new posting.
Eligible partners can apply for up to $1,500 to access employment-related initiatives, including professional employment services and mandatory fees for professional re-registration required under legislation.
Professional employment services can include resumé development, interview coaching, help with identifying transferrable skills, employment options or job placement advice.
Approved partners can also receive funding for development of an online employment profile such as LinkedIn, coaching on writing for selection criteria, and even interview preparation and presentation.
Previously, partners relocating with the ADF member on posting who are looking for work or a career change could submit applications for up to a year after the member has received a posting order.
DCO’s Assistant Director of National Operations, Shayne Vining, says partners can now apply for PEAP funding for up to two years following the member’s post-in date.
“We understand that circumstances can change, so extending the timeframe from 12 months to two years will support more partners who are looking for work,” said Shayne.
Another important change to the program is an expansion of partner eligibility. Partners whose ADF member is transitioning for medical reasons or is identified as ‘Goal 3’ through the ADF Rehabilitation Program can now also apply for PEAP funding.
“This change will help support more ADF families especially if the member may not be able to work full-time when they leave the military,” said Shayne.
This article was published in the 2019 Autumn/Winter issue of Defence Family Matters.