Partner Employment Program

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Since 2018, we’ve helped more than 330 Defence and veteran partners secure meaningful employment.

The program is tailored for the unique experiences of Defence and veteran partners, and is available for free online or over the phone.


We can support you whether it’s looking for a role in a new location, finding a new career, or re-entering the workforce. Our highly trained team will work with you to determine how best they can support you based on your individual needs.

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


“If somebody else is considering getting in contact with the RSL Employment team, I would tell them to definitely take that leap and do it. It's been the best thing that I've ever done.” - Cherie, Partner of ex-defence member

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

  • Be an Australian resident
  • Be married to or the de facto partner of a current or ex-serving ADF member
  • Not be in regular employment. 

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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