Call emergency services on 000 if you need urgent help.
Further contact details for a range of ADF support services for veterans and ex-serving members is available at http://www.defence.gov.au/Health/HealthPortal/ForVeterans.asp.
From the Chief of Army
“Our people are our Army. They lead, inspire and make a difference… We respect all those who have service in our uniform and the sacrifice they have made. We care for our people, and we continue to assist our wounded, injured and ill.”
- Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr AO DSC MVO, in his Commander's Statement titled 'Australia's Army: An Army in Motion' (13 July 2018).
Leaving the ADF
For 12 months after leaving the ADF, permanent members and eligible reservists can access the Career Transition Assistance Scheme (CTAS) for assistance in career transition. Please speak to your ADF transition officer about applying for CTAS.
The ADF understands that it is important to attract and retain the right people, and it has developed the ADF Total Workforce Model (TWM) in response to feedback that regular members want more flexibility in how they serve, and reservists want more certainty of opportunities to serve.
As a veteran or ex-service member, you have valuable skills and experience. You may like to consider returning to service either as a permanent full-time member (SERCAT 7), permanent part-time member (SERCAT 6) or active reservist (SERCAT 3-5). Some of these Service Categories (SERCATs) are new and offer different ways of serving that are explained at these two links:
You are encouraged to remain connected to Army via the secure online portal ForceNet where future work opportunities will be advertised.
Engage is an online portal for former ADF members, their families and those involved in their support can use to locate support services. It simplifies the process of accessing support by providing information on not-for-profit services available from a range of service providers.
Transitioning and ex-service support
The Defence Community Organisation (DCO) provides a range of services that may be useful for your transition from the ADF.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) assists veterans with services such as financial assistance, health and wellbeing, and grants. DVA also coordinates a number of domestic and overseas commemorative services.
The purpose of the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) and their state branches is to help veterans and their families by offering care, financial assistance and advocacy, along with commemorative services that help all Australians remember the Fallen.
The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) provides free and confidential, nation-wide counselling and support for war and service-related mental health conditions to veterans and their families. Contact 1800 011 046, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Legacy provides services to Australian families suffering after the injury or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their Defence Force service.
Mates4Mates supports current and ex-serving ADF members who are wounded, injured or ill as a result of their service, as well as their families.
Soldier On assists ex-service members and their families who have been adversely impacted (on mental health, well-being, physical health, family bonds, and is not limited to a diagnosed mental illness such as PTSD) as a result of service to their nation in a national security capacity.
These links are provided as a service to veterans. The Department of Defence accepts no liability for the content on the sites, nor do they necessarily represent departmental policy or opinion. The links provide an indication only of the many associations that can be found via an internet or social media search.
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