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Defence streamlines employment assistance process for ADF partners

The Partner Employment Assistance Program has been revised to enhance access to benefits for partners of ADF personnel.

The Partner Employment Assistance Program has been revised to enhance access to benefits for partners of ADF personnel.

Defence has announced changes to the Partner Employment Assistance Program, in a bid to streamline access to up to $1,500 for partners of ADF personnel seeking employment support.

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The changes include the provision of virtual job search preparation workshops, greater access to employment support and enhanced access to job opportunities in their new posting location.

Defence has also revamped the application and approval processes, enabling eligible partners to complete their application online before receiving support within 48 hours of being approved.

“Military life can present challenges for families, particularly around employment opportunities for ADF partners who may have to leave their employment due to postings or when and ADF member is medically transitioning,” Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said.

Minister Chester noted that over 300 partners were supported through the program in 2020, adding that Defence will be better equipped to provide assistance to more applicants in 2021.

The government has also committed to providing support for professional re-registration costs in addition to the $1,500 employment services support limit.   

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Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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