Improving transition services for outgoing members

Published on Emily Carnevale (author), Ashleigh Macpherson (author)

Topic(s): Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

Defence members leaving the military will receive individual career coaching and an improved experience as Defence implements changes to its transition services. (photo: Unknown)
Defence members leaving the military will receive individual career coaching and an improved experience as Defence implements changes to its transition services.

Australian Defence Force members leaving the military will receive individual career coaching and an improved experience as Defence implements changes to its transition services.
 
Announcing the changes last month, Defence Personnel Minister Dan Tehan said Defence members would be offered tailored career coaching services during their transition, and up to 12 months afterwards, to further support members and their families moving to civilian life.
 
Defence members will also have all appropriate documentation available by the time they leave Defence.
 
Head of People Capability Rear Admiral Brett Wolski said improvements to the transition process would deliver a consistent and efficient experience to transitioning Defence members no matter their location.
 
“Australian Defence Force members will receive a personalised transition plan and all documentation including their medical, training and service records,” Rear Admiral Wolski said.
 
“Defence members are skilled and have a strong work ethic that employers will find valuable to their business.”
 
All Defence transition officers are completing a Certificate IV in career development to professionally coach and mentor Defence members.
 
Defence transition centres in Townsville, Holsworthy and Adelaide have been the first to offer career coaching services, with all transition centres to follow throughout 2017.
 
“Offering career coaching means Defence can deliver a personalised service to Defence members and help them plan and prepare to find meaningful employment outside of Defence,” Rear Admiral Wolski said.
 
Adelaide transition manager Phil Cock said it was rewarding to provide Defence members advice and resources to create their own career options.
 
“We get to work with members to uncover what their career goals are and what they need to do to reach them.
 
“That could be through training, employment services, or job search skills offered through the Career Transition Assistance Scheme,” he said.
 
More information, including a list of Australian Defence Force Transition Centres, is available at http://www.defence.gov.au/dco/transition/.