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Defence Force Transition Program

Defence provides transitioning members and their families with a broad range of programs to support transition to civilian life. This comprises specific support to develop and achieve your post-transition career goals including goals related to paid employment, retraining, volunteering and other forms of meaningful engagement in civilian life.

The Defence Force Transition Program is available to all ADF members including Reservists. You can access certain programs at any time in your career, with further programs becoming available once you commence transition. Most programs can continue to be accessed for up to 12 months after your transition, with some up to 24 months.

Referral to the Defence Force Transition Program is made by ADF Transition Coaches following close consultation with you based on your individual needs and circumstances. Factors such as your existing qualifications and experience, your personal transition goals and your progress in your transition are all considered.

Defence Force Transition Program initiatives

ADF Member and Family Transition Seminars – You and your family can attend a seminar at any time in your career. We recommend you attend one every five years and no less than one year prior to your transition.

Visit the Seminar page for more information, and how to register to attend an upcoming seminar.

Job Search Preparation (JSP) Workshop – an online workshop delivered over four 2 hour sessions covering all aspects of managing your career, inclusive of building a resume to capture your military skills, applying for jobs and marketing your skills and experience to prospective employers. JSP is accessible to all permanent ADF members and their partners at any point during their career. Visit the JSP page for more information, and information on how to register.

Career Transition Coaching (CTC) – provides specialist one-on-one coaching that can help you identify what motivates you, your skills and capabilities, career options to consider, develop an employment plan, develop interview skills, build a competitive resume, learn effective job hunting skills and adjust to the civilian environment. This coaching is modular so your transition coach will work with you to build a package of CTC to support your individual needs.

More information about CTC modules:

Personality Profiling: will assist you to identify your occupational interests, work styles and environment preferences. This module is delivered in two parts. You will complete the Birkman assessment tool which is an online personality, social perceptions and occupational interest assessment. This will be followed by a one-on-one debrief that can provide you with support in clarifying your work targets and goals. The module is 2.5 hours over two sessions (Birkman Assessment and Debrief).

Develop Civilian Goals: will assist you to determine and establish your goals post transition. This service will help you identify career or lifestyle goals, create a plan and to get started on the path to achieving your goals after permanent service. The module is 2.5 hours over two sessions.

Competency and Capability Mapping: will help you identify and understand the gaps between your current skill sets and your post transition goals. It will offer guidance on education and training options to achieve your post transition goals, advice on employee preferred training, and advice on alternate career options. The module is 1 hour.

Job Search Skills: will help you learn about and develop strategies to find work that aligns with your post transition employment goals. This includes guidance to develop a market ready resume, how to interpret and respond to job advertisements, creating job search strategies, guidance on networking, and how to have go-to-market plan. The module is 2.5 hours over two sessions.

Personal Branding and Marketing: will help you build your professional networks and personal brand to assist in your transition to civilian life. You will find out how to use online professional networking platforms such as LinkedIn, and personal marketing to help you find employment or break into your local community. This module takes 90 minutes.

Interview Skills: equips you with the skills and confidence for a job interview. Interview skills covers strategies for different types of interviews, an understanding of the type of questions to expect, how to formulate responses to challenging questions including handling salary questions, and guidance on developing after interview follow up strategies. This module takes 1 hour.

Negotiation Skills: helps you to confidently negotiate a job offer that best meets your personal needs. This service will equip you with the skills and strategies to have open conversations with potential employers, such as negotiating both financial and non-financial benefits, while maintaining your personal brand and securing a positive outcome. This session is 1 hour.

Adjustment Coaching: helps you build new techniques and skills to manage your transition to civilian life. This service will explore the differences between civilian life and military service, and support you to create strategies to manage this change. This support may include help overcome difficult change, support while you transition to a civilian workplace, assistance to build and maintain work-life balance, help to identify purpose in a new role, and assistance to identify and approach a potential workplace mentor. This module is 1 hour.

Planning for Retirement: this module will equip you with the confidence to assess and plan for your future lifestyle. You will be guided through different retirement lifestyles options, how to plan for your own retirement as well as information on community involvement. This module is 2.5 hours over two sessions.


Career Transition Training (CTT) – access to vocational education and training to support your employment or meaningful engagement goals after you transition. Limited support may also be provided to help you with travel to attend training whilst still in service.

Personalised Career and Employment Program (PCEP) – focuses on providing intensive support to members at risk of not securing employment prior to or soon after transition. In particular, members are considered for this program where their financial security and ability to meet basic needs may be compromised as a result of unemployment.

Transition for Employment (T4E) – provides long term vocational and career support to medically transitioning members with complex circumstances. Members who are clients of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs must commence the program prior to transition. See the T4E page for more information.

Partner Employee Assistance Program (PEAP) – provides funding towards initiatives to assist ADF partners with the immediate difficulties of finding employment when they relocate due to posting or their ADF partner is medically transitioning. See the PEAP page for more information.

Approved Absence (AA) – up to 23 days leave for transition related activities including Defence Force Transition Program initiatives, job interviews, transition related appointments and on-the-job experience (includes coverage for weekends and public holidays). AA can only be accessed whilst still in service.

Financial Advice – provides a contribution towards professional financial advice to assist you and your family in planning for your financial security after transition.

Defence Force Transition Program access matrix

Aspects of the Defence Force Transition Program offering can be accessed at any time in your career, with further programs becoming available once you commence transition. Most programs can continue to be accessed for up to 12 months after your transition, with some up to 24 months:

Defence Force Transition Program

Through Career

Pre-transition date*

Post-transition

up to 12 months

up to 24 months

ADF Member and Family Transition Seminar

Yes

Yes

Yes

Case-by-case

Job Search Preparation Workshop

Yes

Yes

Yes

Case-by-case

Transition Coaching (ADF Transition Coach)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Approved Absence

No

Yes

No

No

Career Transition Training (CTT)

No

Yes

Yes

No

Travel to support CTT

No

Yes

No

No

Career Transition Coaching (External provider)

No

Yes

Yes

No

Financial advice contribution

No

Yes

Yes

No

Personalised Career and Employment Program

No

Yes

Yes

No

Transition for Employment#

No

Yes

Case-by-case

Case-by-case

Post-transition survey

N/A

N/A

Yes

Yes

Pre-transition: refers from the commencement of transition until transition date.
#Clients of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs must commence prior to transition

Accessing the Defence Force Transition Program

Get in touch with your local ADF Transition Centre and they will introduce you and your family to an ADF Transition coach who will discuss with you the initiatives which will help you achieve your transition goals.