The Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP) provides funding for initiatives to assist ADF partners with employment when they are relocated on posting, or if their ADF member is medically transitioning. The two support initiatives offered under PEAP are:
Support under the professional employment services is for a maximum of $1,500 per posting. Support for re-registration costs can be provided in addition to the $1,500.
Partners have the flexibility of opting to receive services from Defence’s professional employment services provider or a provider of their choice.
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Using the Defence service provider
Using another employment services provider
Professional re-registration fees
Changing an existing application or requesting additional services
Key eligibility requirements
PEAP has been expanded to include new employment services for ADF partners from Defence’s service provider. The benefits of using Defence’s service provider are:
Delivered in a variety of formats. Partners can undertake a Job Search Preparation (JSP) workshop at any time throughout a posting. There is no cost to the partner for this service, and it will not impact upon the $1,500 professional employment services support cap.
The JSP workshop will help you manage your career, sell your skills and experience, build or refine your resume and provide an opportunity for you to gain further employment assistance through other initiatives such as Job Connections.
The JSP virtual workshop is delivered by webinar over four, two-hour modules which include:
You will also receive lifetime access to an online portal containing thousands of career resources, tools and learning units to support your career planning.
The virtual workshops can be accessed from home or on a portable device through Microsoft Teams.
To become job ready and to gain access to potential employment opportunities faster, consider undertaking a JSP workshop prior to applying for Job Connections through the Defence provider.
Job Connections is for partners who have a current and contemporary resume and are interview ready.
After assessing your job readiness and employment preferences the Defence provider will develop your personalised hiring plan that includes your preferred organisations and roles. The Defence provider will identify job opportunities that match your preferences, arranging applications and interviews with perspective employers. The Defence provider uses their national employment network to connect you to potential employers and because roles aren’t always advertised, the Defence provider will also uncover the hidden opportunities in your region.
It is recommended that you undertake the JSP workshop prior to commencing Job Connections to ensure your branding (resume / LinkedIn) and interview skills are market ready.
Partners may also choose their own provider for employment services.
Eligible services include:
Choosing your own provider requires partners to follow the invoice payment guidelines outlined below.
Applications for PEAP must be approved before you engage with a service provider. It is not possible to approve and fund applications for professional employment services retrospectively.
If you are choosing your own provider, you MUST support your application with a quote for services from your service provider. There is an option to attach the quote to your PEAP application.
You must use a service provider with an Australian Business Number (ABN).
Any contract entered into between an approved applicant and a professional employment service provider is a private matter. Defence is not a party to that contract and does not have a role in case of a dispute.
There are two payment options for services approved under PEAP.
The first option is for DCO to pay the service provider on your behalf. In this instance the invoice MUST include the following information:
The second option is for you to be reimbursed after your application has been approved and you have paid the provider directly. On receipt of payment confirmation, expenses will be reimbursed into your ADF member’s bank account as registered on the Defence Accounts Payable system. Confirmation documentation must include a copy of the receipt(s) from the service provider clearly detailing:
All invoices and receipts must be forwarded to DCO by email or mail.
Mail: Defence Community Organisation, PO Box 7921, Canberra BC ACT 2610
If your circumstances change and you are unable to undertake or complete the approved PEAP services, you must advise DCO in writing and arrange reimbursement to Defence. Partners seeking to repay funds can send their written request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DCO will seek written confirmation of the debt from your ADF member and forward the debt details to Defence Accounts Receivable, who will then issue an invoice to your member detailing the available payment options.
Covers the cost of professional re-registration, required under legislation, for partners when relocating interstate as a result of their ADF partner’s posting.
What you need to know:
Making payment options:
You are able to pay the registering body directly and submit receipts to DCO for reimbursement. Expenses will be reimbursed to the ADF member’s bank account 30 days after a receipt of a completed application and payment confirmation.
Receipts need to clearly show: payment from you or your ADF member, a description of services provided and the associated costs.
If you are unsure whether your application meets the criteria for funding assistance, please submit an application prior to paying for registration fees.
After an application has been approved, payments can also be made by DCO on your behalf. You will be required to submit a tax invoice addressed to “(your name), c/o Department of Defence.” Invoices must be a valid tax invoice that complies with the requirements of taxation law.Please see the following link to the ATO website for further guidance: https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/GST/Tax-invoices/
Partners are able to change an existing application, or request additional services under the PEAP initiatives by accessing the online Application Form.
Under Section 3 of the Application Form, you should select the statement that best describes your individual circumstances.
If you choose to change an existing application or request additional services you will be required to quote the previously approved invoice reference number.
To be eligible for PEAP you must be:
Please note: The eligibility criteria for PEAP has been temporarily expanded to support families during COVID-19. Partners of ADF members can access PEAP at any time during the posting cycle and do not need to have recently relocated with the member.
For more information see the full PEAP Guidelines.
For additional information, or assistance completing an application, please call the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608, or email email@example.com.
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