Sup­port pro­gram will ease re­turn to civil­ian ca­reers

Townsville Bulletin - - DEFENDERS -

THE Depart­ment of De­fence has launched an in­di­vid­ual ca­reer coach­ing ser­vice for Aus­tralian De­fence Force ( ADF) mem­bers leav­ing the mil­i­tary.

Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful pilot in Townsville, Holswor­thy and Ade­laide the coach­ing ser­vice will now be avail­able na­tion­ally.

“The Gov­ern­ment recog­nises that leav­ing the mil­i­tary can be a sig­nif­i­cant life chang­ing event which re­quires ac­ces­si­ble and tai­lored sup­port,” Min­is­ter for De­fence Per­son­nel Dan Te­han said.

The ser­vice will pro­vide ADF mem­bers with pro­fes­sional ca­reer coach­ing be­fore leav­ing the mil­i­tary and will be avail­able to them for 12 months af­ter sep­a­ra­tion.

Mr Te­han said the new ser­vice formed part of the Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the tran­si­tion ex­pe­ri­ence, with a fo­cus on pre­par­ing mem­bers for sep­a­ra­tion from ser­vice and im­prov­ing their chances of find­ing mean­ing­ful em­ploy­ment.

“ADF Tran­si­tion Of­fi­cers will work with sep­a­rat­ing mem­bers to de­velop a ca­reer plan based on their unique skills, in­ter­ests and ca­reer as­pi­ra­tions,” he said.

“The ser­vice will sup­port around 5500 ADF mem­bers, and their fam­i­lies, who tran­si­tion each year through the ADF Tran­si­tion Cen­tres across Aus­tralia.

“Mem­bers will also re­ceive an in­di­vid­ual tran­si­tion ac­tion plan so their ad­min­is­tra­tive re­quire­ments are met and they can leave the mil­i­tary with all of their im­por­tant doc­u­men­ta­tion.”

In ad­di­tion, a new ADF Mem­ber and Fam­ily Tran­si­tion Guide – a Prac­ti­cal Man­ual to Tran­si­tion­ing has been de­vel­oped to fur­ther sup­port ADF mem­bers and their fam­i­lies.

The guide out­lines the De­fence tran­si­tion ex­pe­ri­ence to en­sure ADF mem­bers and their fam­i­lies are more in­formed, or­gan­ised and con­fi­dent as they en­ter civil­ian life.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the ca­reer coach­ing ser­vice and tran­si­tion guide, visit the Depart­ment of De­fence web­site at: de­fence. gov. au/ dco/ tran­si­tion

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