Australian Defence Force members leaving full-time service should be better supported during transition and into new employment under a new contract Defence has signed with Right Management Consultants Pty Ltd.
FILE PHOTO (November 2017): Lance Corporal Andrew Friedmann delivers a classroom lesson at 1st Combat Engineer Regiment, Robertson Barracks. Photo by Craftsman Priyantha Malavi Arachchi (digitally modified by CONTACT).
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the contract marked an important step for Defence as it moved to a needs-based transition-support system.
“The three-year contract with Right Management Consultants follows a competitive tender process and will deliver external professional support services to help ADF members to secure employment or meaningful engagement post-transition,” Mr Chester said.
“Historically, the ADF’s eligibility criteria has favoured access to services and funding based on a member’s length of service above other considerations.
“The new needs-based approach will ensure the services are delivered in a focused and timely way with a view to building an enduring capability to sustain their civilian careers, post transition.”
The new contract will deliver a suite of career-development services, which include career coaching, job-search preparation workshops, resume preparation and interview skills.
Mr Chester said support services delivered under the new contract would complement existing support programs delivered by Defence, which include 30 ADF Member and Family Transition Seminars held annually across Australia and the ADF transition-coaching service where members and their families receive tailored support.
“Defence recognises transition preparation should commence early and be maintained throughout a member’s ADF career.
“This approach will improve the current support to ensure members are better prepared to manage their transition to civilian life, whenever that may be,” said Mr Chester.
“The decision to use a national provider will ensure members receive a consistent, high-quality service, irrespective of their location.
“It will also be a less disruptive experience for members when they move to a new location as part of their transition.”
Information for members and their families considering transition from Defence is available at www.defence.gov.au/dco/