Help for partners on the rise

Published on Ms Rachel Bowman (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Topic(s): Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

Families wave goodbye as HMAS Huon departs HMAS Waterhen for three months taking part in Operation RESOLUTE. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
Families wave goodbye as HMAS Huon departs HMAS Waterhen for three months taking part in Operation RESOLUTE.

A new program designed to assist employment prospects for those who directly support serving Australian Defence Force members launches mid year.
 
The Partner Employment Assistance Program, which starts on 1 July, aims to help eligible Australian Defence Force partners find jobs when posting to a new location.
 
Within 12 months of posting to a new location, recognised partners can apply for funding of up to $1,500 to assist with the immediate difficulties of finding employment.
 
Director General Defence Community Organisation Paul Way said the program couldn’t guarantee employment, but it did provide Defence partners with professional advice and skills to give them the best opportunity to find employment in their new posting.
 
“Each time they post to a new location, partners can apply for employment- related support services, such as resume preparation, job search and job interview techniques, as well as job placement advice,” Mr Way said.
 
“The program can also be used for fees involved in mandatory professional re-registration costs when moving from one state or territory to another.”
 
To be eligible for the program, partners need to be recognised by Defence and posting with their Defence partner to a new area, making it an easily accessible program for most families.
 
Applications can be made following receipt of a posting, or within 12 months after the effective date.
 
Funding may attract Fringe Benefits Tax for the Defence member.
 
It is recommended that personnel seek independent financial advice about how this may affect tax and benefits, to determine whether these options are financially advantageous before committing to the program.
 
Visit www.defence.gov.au/dco/family/partners to view the guidelines and application form. Members and their partners can also contact the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 or email defencefamilyhelpline@defence.gov.au