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Education and Training Assistance

There are many options for veterans in New South Wales looking to upskill or gain assistance to find employment in the public and private sectors.

Every year around 1,200 service members leave the Australian Defence Force and join an estimated 200,000 veterans living across NSW. Of those, almost 56,000 veterans and 30,000 of their family members are current clients of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs[1].

Veterans are often accompanied on the pathway to participation by partners, spouses and families, which is why these employment programs provide options not just to veterans but also their partners. The following programs can assist you with gaining new skills and qualifications, or recognition for the skills you gained in service, and securing meaningful employment.

Veterans Skills Program

In an newly announced initiative by the NSW Government, veterans and their partners will have access to fee-free training to broaden their career opportunities and help transition to civilian life after service.

The Veterans Skills Program enables eligible learners to study any course offered under the Government’s Smart and Skilled program from a Certificate II to Advanced Diplomas, including all apprenticeships and selected traineeships. Veterans and their partners can choose between 750 fee-free courses and will be offered through more than 450 Registered Training Organisations including TAFE NSW.

To read the NSW Premier’s announcement click here or to find out more visit the Veterans Skills Program website.

NSW Veterans Employment Program

The Veterans Employment Program provides help and support for veterans who are interested in pursuing a career in the NSW public sector. It was developed from research led by the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs which now oversees the program. 1,094 veterans have found new roles in the NSW public sector since October 2018.

To find out more visit the Veterans Employment Program website.

RSL Employment Program

RSL NSW in collaboration with RSL LifeCare has launched a holistic veteran employment program. The RSL Employment Program is a national initiative funded by the Australian Government and supports veterans and their partners to find meaningful employment. The RSL LifeCare team delivers the following free services to veterans:

  • Career counselling and help to translate skills to the civilian job market
  • Help to interpret selection criteria for job applications
  • Writing CVs, application letters, and building social media profiles
  • Interview coaching
  • Connection to employers

Veterans and their families can access the RSL Employment program by calling RSL LifeCare on 8088 0388 or visiting the RSL Employment Program website.

TAFE NSW Ranks to Recognition Program

TAFE NSW Ranks to Recognition (R2R) assist veterans from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) transition into the civilian workforce. It is a partnership between TAFE NSW and the NSW Office for Veterans affairs. The program supports the Veterans Education Scholarship Program.

TAFE NSW offer veterans customised careers advice, counselling, skills assessment, recognition of prior learning (RPL) and training gap analysis to help identify the skills and knowledge acquired in the ADF.

For more information or to register your interest, visit the Ranks to Recognition Program page on the TAFE NSW website.

ACU Veteran Entry Program and Veterans Transition Program

If you are a current or former member of the Australian Defence Force, you might be eligible for Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Veterans’ Entry Program which assesses your service in the military and converts it to an entry rank, similar to an ATAR. It then matches that rank to the requirements of the undergraduate or postgraduate course you wish to study and make you an offer based on the outcome.

ACU’s Veterans Transition Program supports commencing student veterans as they transition from the military service through a free two-week preparatory program. Through tailor-made orientation activities, workshops, lectures, tutorials, and different types of assessments, the program equips students with the abilities and key skills to succeed in higher education.

To find out more about ACU’s veteran programs visit this page of the ACU website.

[1] NSW Veterans Strategy 2021-2024: https://www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/assets/veterans-affairs/NSW-Veterans-Strategy-2021-24.pdf