Unemployment remains a problem in Australia, but certain groups, such as veterans, seem to have it worse. Often, civilian employers are unable to understand or acknowledge their credentials and skills they acquired from the military, and that makes it more challenging for former members of the Australian Defence Force to become employed. In some cases, they may be employed but they are either underemployed for their skills and qualifications or they are receiving pay that is lower than their previous salary during service. To address these problems, businesses, the government, and non-profit organisations are working together to take measures for creating more jobs for veterans in Australia.

Understanding the value of veterans in the workplace

Veterans gain an extensive range of attributes, behaviours, abilities, and skills during their service in the ADF, and that makes them incredible assets to the workplace. Programs and incentives are being provided to them to ensure a successful transition to the civilian workforce. Veterans in Australia are being empowered by education, training, and counselling to give them more confidence to pursue and obtain meaningful employment. At the same time, the government and other entities are making efforts in showing the Australian community how the experience and unique skills of veterans can be valuable to the civilian workforce.

Education is a priority

The IVMF or Institution for Veterans and Military Families stated that higher education is a proven pathway that can assist veterans’ transition successfully from the military into rewarding employment and civilian life. The Australian Department of Veteran Affairs may be doing their part in providing financial support to some veterans, but it is limited to short-term vocational education. Veterans in Australia can become more competitive in the labour market with higher education.

Non-profit organisations are prioritising higher and vocational education to offer veterans in Australia a better chance at employment. They offer employment programs, which encompass career counselling to help veterans understand the additional qualifications they require to make them job-ready.