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Defence Member and Family Support

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608


The ADF Transition checklist contains the tasks that you may need to complete when you leave the military. This can help you plan and manage your transition. Your ADF Transition coach can help you understand which tasks are relevant to you and which need to be done prior to your transition to meet your administrative requirements.

More information on completing each step can be found in the ADF Member and Family Transition Guide – A Practical Manual to Transitioning.

Throughout your career

  • Attend an ADF Member and Family Transition Seminar with your partner or support person

  • Consider how the ADF Service Spectrum can assist you in contributing to Defence capability, and what Service Category and Option suits your personal circumstances

  • Keep your personal details updated on PMKeyS

  • Create a ForceNet account for you and your family

  • Complete a Job Search Preparation workshop (JSP) on posting or promotion through ADF Transition

  • Establish a professional network

  • Subscribe to or join professional associations

  • Create a LinkedIn profile

  • Make sure your military training and qualifications are accurately recorded on PMKeyS

  • Consider who could be your referees; i.e people who can speak positively about your skills and attributes. Ask them to be a referee and keep in touch with them

  • Record specific achievements, projects and skills you have utilised in your various roles within the ADF

  • Contact ADF Civil Recognition to have your Defence skills translated into civilian qualifications

  • Develop connections in the civilian community through sports, clubs/ associations, or other hobby/interest groups

  • Consider any additional training you can undertake, or skills that you can learn, apply and consolidate while still in the ADF

  • Maintain a resume for civilian roles

  • Visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website and become familiar with the support services they offer

  • Contact the ADF Financial Services Consumer Centre to discuss financial decisions around superannuation, insurance and savings

Considering Transition (at least 6 months out)

  • Discuss transition with your family

  • Discuss transition with your unit

  • Revisit the ADF Service Spectrum and see if there are options available to you without leaving the ADF such as trade transfers or permanent part-time

  • Consider if a service or trade transfer could be an option for you

  • Contact your local ADF Transition Centre to discuss transition with one of our transition coaches

  • Attend an ADF Member and Family Transition Seminar with your partner or support person

  • Consider your post transition employment options

  • Attend a Job Search Preparation workshop. For course information and schedules please contact your local ADF Transition Centre

  • Consider where your post transition home location will be. Contact Toll Transitions for information about any removal assistance you may be entitled to

  • Start researching interview techniques and practice mock interviews

  • Plan how you will maximise the use of any leave you may have

Decided to Transition (transition administration)

  • Complete the AC853 Application to Transfer within or separate from the ADF and forward to your chain of command for approval

  • Engage with your ADF transition coach

  • Update your personal information on PMKeyS. In particular your next of kin, post transition address, personal mobile number and personal email address

  • Return your ID card in line with Defence Security Manual procedures

  • Return your official passport

  • Process any outstanding transactions and return your Defence Travel Card

  • Return your Defence Purchasing Card

  • Return your Defence laptop and phone back to your unit

  • Submit all leave requests

  • Apply to transfer leave entitlements if you are moving to a Commonwealth Government employer

  • Transfer your Defence Drivers Licence to the state or territory you will be living in post transition

  • Request any personnel records you may require prior to transition

  • Contact honours and awards to claim your full medal entitlement


Career development and civil recognition

Medical and dental


  • Ensure your post transition details are up-to-date in PMKeyS

  • Advise your salary packaging administrator of your transition date

  • Consult your financial adviser if you are receiving a redundancy pay

  • Contact your superannuation fund or your financial adviser to receive tailored advice on entitlements

  • Ensure your Will is up to date

Housing and accommodation

  • Inform Defence Housing Australia of your intent to transition from the ADF

  • Decide where you are going to live post transition

  • Set up or arrange rental accommodation if not buying

  • Submit request for accommodation extension (if required)

  • Seek approval to live on base after your transition (if required)

  • Contact Toll Transitions to determine your removal entitlement

  • Enquire about the Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme (DHOAS) and get a DHOAS Subsidy Certificate

Family support through transition

Connecting to your community

  • Join sporting/hobby/social groups that may interest you

  • Build a social network in your community

  • Find a mentor

Ongoing Support

  • Apply for a MyGov account

  • Apply for a Medicare card

  • Talk to your transition coach about requesting a Centrelink Employment Separation Certificate

  • Update your details with the Department Human Services (Medicare, Centrelink, Child Support Agency)

  • Talk to your transition coach about accessing Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Services

  • Apply for a Veteran White Card

  • Lodge any compensation claims you may have with DVA

Post transition

  • Make sure your post transition contact details have been provided to your transition coach.

  • Support is available through your ADF transition coach for up to 12 months post transition

  • Complete the post transition survey

  • Connect with other agencies such as DVA, CSC and Open Arms as required

  • Stay connected with ADF friends and associations

  • If required contact the Defence Member and Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 and/or 1800 DEFENCE: 1800 333 362