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.  


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 support may include:

  • Help translating ex-serving Defence members' military skills to the civilian job market
  • Support in interpreting selection criteria and writing CV's, application letters and social media profiles
  • Access to employers across Australia
  • Training and development
  • Vocational counselling
  • Career development
  • Interview coaching

“The team was there to support me. I knew at all times I could contact them to discuss employment opportunities. I would absolutely recommend the RSL Employment Program to any ex-Defence members." - Jacinta Veitch, ex-serving Employment Program client

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be an Australian resident
  • Be an ex-serving Defence member not in regular employment or be a current Defence member with a confirmed discharge date
  • Not currently be in the DVA Work rehabilitation 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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