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For ADF members and their families

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Education and qualifications

Training and education

The Defence Learning Branch supports training and education for Australian Defence Force (ADF) members. They can provide you with information on the Defence Assisted Study Scheme and other Education Assistance Schemes. The Defence Assisted Study Scheme allows you to study any course relevant to your field at any Australian university or recognised Registered Training Organisation.

Guidance on transferable skills

The ADF Skills Guides have been developed to foster an understanding of transferable military skills.

The Guides are intended for use by all veterans at any point in their career, including post-transition. Articulating career and military skills in civilian language, they situate a member’s training and skills by rank within the Service hierarchy.

Civilian accreditation program

Defence may be able to provide you with nationally recognised civilian qualifications for the training and experience gained during your service. There are different processes for each Service.

Navy

Accreditations achieved by Royal Australian Navy (RAN) members after February 2018 are issued through the Department of Defence Registered Training Organisation (RTO 0442) and are in both electronic and hardcopy form at point of achievement. To request accreditation achieved after February 2018 from Defence RTO, you’ll need to apply by:

Accreditations achieved by members prior to February 2018 were issued electronically at point of achievement by Navy Registered Training Organisation (RTO). To request accreditation achieved prior to February 2018 from Navy RTO, you’ll need to apply by:

  • completing Form AE204: Request for RAN issued VET Qualifications, or
  • contacting the Defence Call Centre on 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362) for more information.

Army

The Australian Army issues civilian qualifications automatically after the course. You would’ve been advised prior to the training, if you were to receive a qualification

Army may also offer qualifications to assist members with transition to civilian employment. If currently available, these qualifications can be obtained through the submission of a recognition portfolio.

For enquiries: contact the Directorate of Customer Access Management by email at yourcustomer.service@defence.gov.au or phone 1800 333 362.

Air Force

The Royal Australian Air Force issues accreditations automatically after the course.

If you completed accredited training under Air Force’s scope of registration and haven’t been issued your accreditation, email RAAF.Accreditation@defence.gov.au

Commonwealth scholarships

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has launched the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians, which offers scholarships to successful applicants of up to $5,000 a year.

Scholarship recipients can undertake vocational education and training (VET) courses in one of 10 regional areas experiencing high youth unemployment. The scholarships target occupations identified in projected growth industries and in-demand occupations within each region.

Scholarships applications are open to applicants who are:

  • aged 15 to 24 years or recently transitioned from the ADF (no age restriction)
  • not in full-time work at the time of applying
  • living in one of the 10 nominated regional areas, and
  • applying for an eligible VET qualification at the Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level, which leads to an eligible occupation.