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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel

Media release

Monday, 29 March 2021

Extra support to help veterans secure employment

Veterans will benefit from specialised one-on-one support to help them find employment or change careers through the Support for Employment (SFE) program launched today.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the SFE program built on the Government’s improvements to transition and employment support made in recent years and would deliver further pre-and-post employment assistance.

“Our ADF personnel have a great range of skills, expertise and a positive attitude to see them succeed in the civilian workplace. Simply put, hiring a veteran is good for business,” Mr Chester said.

“In order to ensure our veterans are putting their best foot forward, the SFE will provide up to 10 hours of one-on-one support across a range of employment services, including resume writing, job seeking support, interview preparation and workplace adjustment.

“This will better support veterans to secure appropriate employment or change careers and is another step in the right direction as part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring a successful transition for ADF members.

“To complement the SFE program, we are continuing to build an understanding in the broader community of the valuable skills that veterans bring to the workforce and how valuable they can be to an organisation.”

The SFE program is open to veterans who have transitioned from the permanent ADF between 12 months and up to five years ago and are unemployed, consider themselves to be under-employed, seeking assistance to change careers, or require support to adjust to the civilian workplace.

The SFE program is part of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program, which supports veterans’ employment and the promotion of their skills in the civilian workforce. For more information, visit the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program web site.

Media contacts

Rachel Tharratt or Cedric Szigeti: 02 6277 7820
DVA Media: 02 6289 6466

Office of the Hon Darren Chester, Canberra ACT

Editor’s note: for success stories on veterans who have successfully found employment since leaving the ADF, please visit the Success Stories page on the Veterans’ Employment Program web site.

Open Arms — Veterans and Families Counselling provides support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. Free and confidential help is available 24/7. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 1800 011 046 or +61 8 8241 4546) or visit www.OpenArms.gov.au