Partner Employment

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We’ve helped more than 95 Defence partners secure meaningful employment. Let us help you on your career journey.

You’ve supported your partner in their Defence career, but this might mean your own career prospects have taken a back seat. The RSL Employment Program supports partners of current and former Defence members in their search for employment. Our tailored program is free and can be provided online or over the phone.

The RSL Employment Program can help you find your own path through:

  • career counselling
  • help translating your skills for the job market
  • help interpreting selection criteria, and writing CVs, application letters and social media profiles
  • interview skills
  • connections to employers throughout Australia.


I think the services most valuable to me were the team assisting me with reviewing my CV because I hadn’t been in the workforce for a number of years after having small children. They also helped me deal with interview techniques and really reaching out there to get some work experience and some employment contacts. – Kate, partner of ex-Defence member

To be eligible for the Partner Employment Program, you must:

  • be a resident of Queensland and have Australian Residence status 
  • not be in regular employment
  • be married or the de facto partner of a current or ex-serving ADF member who has served at least one day of continuous full time service (CFTS)

The Employment team can assist you in a variety of different ways, and is available to talk with you confidentially over the phone or online.

To arrange a consultation, either fill out the form below or call 134 RSL.


Contact method - online


Contact method - by phone

Over the Phone

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.

When you hire a current or ex-ADF partner, you are hiring a committed employee seeking meaningful employment. Many employers are reaping the benefits of hiring Defence partners who bring unique skills including adaptability, flexibility, and resilience to organisations. We work with the following businesses who support the RSL Employment Program.

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