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Career Transition Assistance Scheme

The Career Transition Assistance Scheme (CTAS) helps facilitate your transition to civilian employment through training and financial support.

CTAS is available to all permanent members of the ADF and eligible Reservists. You can access CTAS 12 months before and up to 12 months after your transition date. CTAS benefits are determined by the length of your service and reason for leaving the ADF. Additional CTAS help is available if you're leaving the ADF for medical reasons, declared redundant, or as a result of a Management Initiated Early Retirement package.

CTAS benefits



Job Search Preparation (JSP) Workshop – a two day workshop covering all aspects of applying for a job. Members can also access up to two hours of individual coaching to prepare for real-life job interviews and reinforce the skills they've learned at the workshop. JSPs are accessible to all permanent ADF members at any point during their career.

Approved Absence - leave for all career transition activities including job interviews, appointments and on-the-job experience (includes weekends and public holidays).

Career Transition Training - access to vocational education and training to support your employment prospects after you transition.

Career Transition Management Coaching - coaching to help you identify your skills, career options, develop an employment plan, develop interview skills and learn effective job hunting.

Curriculum Vitae (CV) Coaching - helps you develop and maintain a CV.

Partner Employee Assistance Program (PEAP) - provides funding towards initiatives to assist ADF partners with the immediate difficulties of finding employment when they relocate due to posting or their ADF partner is medically transitioning.

CTAS eligibility

 

CTAS level

Job Search Preparation Workshop

Approved Absence

Career Transition Training Up to $5,320

Career Transition Management Coaching Up to $2,820

CV Coaching Up to $235

Financial Advice Contribution Up to $518

Partner Employment Assistance Program

< 12 years’ service

1

Yes

5 days

No

No

No

No

No

12 - < 18 years’ service

2

Yes

10 days

EITHER / OR

Yes

No

No

Yes, up to $1,100 if CTMC isn’t undertaken

Yes, up to $1,100 if CTT isn’t undertaken

Compulsory Retirement Age or > 18 years’ service

3

Yes

23 days

EITHER / OR

Yes

No

No

Yes, up to $5,320 If CTMC isn’t undertaken

Yes, up to $2,820 if CTT isn’t undertaken

Medical MIER Redundancy

3

Yes

23 days

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes (If transitioning medically)

Applying for CTAS

Speak to your ADF Transition Officer about applying for CTAS.