Partner Employment Program

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Since 2018, we’ve helped more than 330 Defence and veteran partners secure meaningful employment. The program supports partners of current and former Defence members in their search for employment.

We can support you whether it’s looking for a role in a new location, finding a new career, or re-entering the workforce. It’s free and available online or over the phone.

Our highly trained team will work with you to determine how best they can support you based on your 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


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 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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