Veterans Programs

Enabling current or former members Australian Defence Force who are experiencing financial hardship, socio-economic disadvantage, illness, injury or disability as a result of their service:

  • To transition smoothly into civilian employment through tailored career planning, mentoring and counselling.
  • Gain nationally recognised qualifications and have their transferrable military skills recognised in a civilian context to find meaningful and sustainable work.


19% of Veterans are underemployed for the knowledge and skills they have
One in three veterans (30.2%) in Australia are unemployed
Veterans earnings are 30% lower compared to their military positions
5,800 defence veterans homeless in Australia
46% of veterans who left the ADF within five years experienced a mental disorder

Veterans gain a broad range of skills and knowledge during their time in service. While research suggests they outperform the general population in a number of desirable employee traits (critical thinking, leadership and problem solving), they are often overlooked for employment positions.

Social stigma relating to mental health and a lack of formal qualifications remain key barriers for veterans in the civilian job market. As a result, one in three veterans are unemployed with 5.3% experiencing homelessness in the last 12 months (compared to 1.9% in the civilian population).

Through engaging with the veteran community CIS helps ex-service men and women access services to gain nationally recognised qualifications and improve their outcomes in civilian life. 

How does education and job prospects solve veteran unemployment issues?

  • Higher education is an internationally established pathway to assist veterans to successfully transition from the military into civilian life and rewarding employment
  • The Australian Department of Veteran Affairs contributes financial support to some veterans, but this support is mainly for short-term vocational education as opposed to higher education. More support is needed.
  • Education has positive psycho-social outcomes for students, particularly veterans, and aids in the civilian transition process.

Eligibility Criteria for Veteran Programs

  • Current or former serving member of the ADF
  • Have mental or physical injuries from your service
  • Currently experience hardship or lack of employment?

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