Transition coaching delivering success

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Minister for Defence Personnel the Hon Dan Tehan MP, speaking at the Launch of the Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Program. (photo: Unknown)
Minister for Defence Personnel the Hon Dan Tehan MP, speaking at the Launch of the Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Program.

Improved transition services for Australian Defence Force personnel have been rolled out across the country after successful pilot programs across Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.

In March, Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan announced that individual career coaching services would be trialed at Townsville, Holsworthy and Adelaide bases.

“Transition Coaches are helping Australian Defence Force personnel develop tailored career plans based on their unique skills, interests and career aspirations,” Mr Tehan said.

“This is making their transition from Defence to civilian life less stressful and helping them find meaningful employment.

“Since the new coaching model was launched, 1,145 members have commenced their transition with the support of an Australian Defence Force Transition Coach.

“Early indicators show the new system is delivering results, with 67 per cent of personnel surveyed rating their transition a ‘success’.”

The transition from the military to civilian life is a key phase for Australian Defence Force personnel and targeted support and services at this period to reduce stress and increase opportunities.

“Members now receive an individual transition action plan so they can leave the military with all of their important documentation, such as their Service record, medical and dental records, pay and administrative details,” he said.

“The focus on improving opportunities for veterans to find meaningful employment complements the work being done through the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program.”

Mr Tehan said the model would also allow Defence to better identify those who require additional support, including providing appropriate links to community support, and referrals to health and wellbeing services.

The transition service provides Australian Defence Force members with professional career coaching before leaving the military and up to 12 months after they leave.

The service will support around 6,000 members who transition each year through 13 Transition Centres on or near all major bases across Australia.

Mr Tehan said Australian Defence Force personnel had unique skills and experience that were in demand by employers.

He urged Australian businesses that were employing veterans to nominate for the first annual Veterans’ Employment Awards.

Nominations for the Veterans’ Employment Awards are open until 22 December and can be submitted at

For more information on the career coaching service, visit the Department of Defence website at