Rank, gender and working arrangements of ADF members: results from the Defence Census and implications for partner employment

When it comes to families we generally don’t think that the rank of the member matters. And family support initiatives are tri-service (or purple) in their approach. But when it comes to partner careers it’s more nuanced than that. Because careers are where personal factors meet contextual ones. For ADF partners these contextual factors include where and how much our ADF members work, and how much of the unpaid family work we’re performing as a result. So it’s with interest that I look at the data from the 2019 Defence Census to find out how the ADF workforce is working in terms of service, rank and gender, and what implications it has for partner employment. … More Rank, gender and working arrangements of ADF members: results from the Defence Census and implications for partner employment

What my version of military to civilian employment support would look like

One tool used in narrative and solution-focused career counselling is the “magic wand” or “miracle question”. We ask clients if a miracle happened over night and they woke up tomorrow feeling like everything was as it should be –  what would that look like?  If I woke up tomorrow and a miracle had occurred that … More What my version of military to civilian employment support would look like

The confusing message of ADF partner employment support

The intent and the content of current partner employment programs raises some interesting questions about what partner employment support in Australia should look like. I’m a big fan of the current Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP) but I have written before about how and why it is not enough on its own. What I find … More The confusing message of ADF partner employment support

Posted? 5 things you can do to prepare for work in your new location

It’s that time of year, but what a year to be posted! If you’re not overwhelmed by travel plans, quarantine requirements and finding a new home you may be starting to think ahead about work in your new location. Here’s 5 things to get you started: If you’re a recognized partner of an ADF member … More Posted? 5 things you can do to prepare for work in your new location

Defence members – how are your career development skills? Are you prepared?

No job is guaranteed forever. Having the skills to manage your career over a lifetime is essential. Our needs and preferences change over time and the world of work is continually changing. For many who don’t wear the ADF uniform moving between jobs, and sometimes in and out of employment in an unpredictable labour market … More Defence members – how are your career development skills? Are you prepared?

COVID 19 and ADF Partner Employment Part Seven: data collection

Without data we won’t know the extent of the impact of Covid 19 on ADF families. I believe it is imperative to establish what impact Covid 19 has had on ADF families. How many partners were able to work remotely? What was that experience like for them and their employers? How many partners lost jobs … More COVID 19 and ADF Partner Employment Part Seven: data collection

COVID 19 and ADF Partner Employment Part Six: financial security

One of the main concerns being raised about the disproportionate impact of Covid 19 on women is the longer term financial impact and the risk of poverty in old age. Australian women are already retiring on less superannuation than men mainly due to the fact that they move in and out of paid work more … More COVID 19 and ADF Partner Employment Part Six: financial security

COVID 19 and ADF Partner Employment Part Five: domestic and caring work

The caring and household responsibilities of ADF partners has long been a concern of mine with respect to career development. Many inequalities that existed prior to Covid19 have been exacerbated by the pandemic, including within ADF families. … More COVID 19 and ADF Partner Employment Part Five: domestic and caring work

COVID 19 and ADF Partner Employment Part Three: flexible and remote work

One of the key opportunities for improving partner employment is of course the increase in flexible work practices, including remote work/ work from home. Many workplaces switched to working from home during COVID19 as social distancing measures were introduced to stem the spread of the virus and safeguard employees, and technology platforms responded by improving … More COVID 19 and ADF Partner Employment Part Three: flexible and remote work