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

New location. Now what? – Research, Planning and Networking!

Are you an ADF partner who has recently arrived in a new posting location and now looking for work? Or an ADF member preparing to or recently transitioned from the ADF? No matter where you are in your career journey make the time for research, planning and networking to maximise the effectiveness of your job search. … More New location. Now what? – Research, Planning and Networking!

Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards

Nominations are NOW OPEN for the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards. These awards recognise businesses who employ and support Australian military veterans and spouses, as well as recognise veteran employees and entrepreneurs. Award Categories are: Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Medium Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Large Public Sector Excellence in Supporting Veteran … More Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards