Ex-Defence Employment Program

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Since 2018, we’ve helped more than 870 veterans secure meaningful employment after Defence. Let us help you find your next role.

We support you in your search for civilian employment with our tailored program for ex-Defence members. It’s free and available online or over the phone.  

Types of support

Whether you’re currently transitioning or have been out of the Australian Defence Force for a while, our highly trained team will work with you to determine how they can best support your search for employment. This can include:  

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WHEN I MADE CONTACT WITH THE RSL EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM, I KNEW AT ALL TIMES I COULD CONTACT THEM TO DISCUSS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. IT WAS VERY COMFORTING TO KNOW THEY WERE THERE AND IT'S AN ONGOING, HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP. I WOULD ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND ANY EX-DEFENCE MEMBERS TO CONTACT THE RSL EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM."  - Jacinta, Army Veteran

To be eligible, you must:

  • be an Australian resident
  • be an ex-ADF member not in regular employment OR a current ADF member with a confirmed discharge date 
  • have already exhausted Defence Force Transition Program (DFTP) entitlements
  • not be currently in the DVA Work Rehab Program.

If you have not already exhausted DFTP entitlements please click here for more information on how to exhaust the entitlements.

Still have questions? Download the FAQ document below to get the answers.

Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]

If you have any concerns about how employment might impact any DVA entitlements received by you or your partner, we recommend you contact the DVA directly.

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