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Defence Member and Family Support

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Overseas recruits

Overseas or ‘Lateral’ recruits are military personnel who have gained entry to the Australian Defence Force based on prior experience in foreign defence forces.

The ADF overseas lateral recruitment scheme addresses capability shortfalls that cannot otherwise be filled using Australian personnel. Visit the Defence Recruitment website  for details and eligibility criteria or see the handbook below for information about the recruitment process.

While the ADF will become a strong support base for your family, you should carefully research and plan your move across the world well before you leave. For specific military entitlement information visit the ADF Pay and Conditions website, and become familiar with the myGov website, a single-access portal to access all Australian government services.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship is the official source of information regarding moving to and setting in Australia, living and working in Australia.

Defence Member and Family Support provides a range of support services and information for ADF personnel and their families, detailed on this website and in the resources below. Overseas families can also contact us by email or through the all-hours Defence Member and Family Helpline.