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

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

2018 Speech to Defence leaders and stakeholders on ADF partner employment

This is a copy of the speech I presented as guest speaker at the Defence Families of Australia annual dinner in August 2018. Note it is not a transcript and I may have ad-libbed on the night! My main message that evening was that supporting the career development of ADF partners benefits families AND Defence. … More 2018 Speech to Defence leaders and stakeholders on ADF partner employment

Military partners as a Defence Industry workforce solution

Defence industry can benefit from recruiting from the ADF partner talent pool as part of efforts to grow its workforce to meet the demands associated with the government’s $200 billion investment in defence capability Read more about why ADF partners are a workforce solution for Australia’s Defence Industry. Link to the article in Defence Connect.

Diverse City Careers and military spouses are a great fit

  UPDATE: Diverse City Careers is now Work180. Click here for the new website For most women I know juggling the demands of work and family has a big impact on career. Military spouses face the additional challenges of having a partner with inflexible and demanding work hours and frequent and/or lengthy absences from home. Frequent … More Diverse City Careers and military spouses are a great fit

Military spouse employment and veteran transition

Today I’m sharing an email I sent to Instinct and Reason Research who are undertaking research on behalf of the Department of Veteran Affairs on members transitioning from the ADF. “I would like to make a submission to the research being conducted on the transition of ADF members and their families. I am a the spouse … More Military spouse employment and veteran transition

New Year, new location, new job? How to prepare over the holidays.

It’s that magical time of the year. Yes, it’s Christmas and the holiday season but if you’re an Australian military family it may also be posting time. Many people around the country are currently finalizing inventories and watching their belongings being loaded on to trucks headed for a new adventure. For spouses this may also mean … More New Year, new location, new job? How to prepare over the holidays.

Military Spouse Employment in Australia

Military spouse employment is a hot topic in the UK and the USA with the issues and concerns taken seriously by leaders. Military spouses in both countries have access to a number of government and non-government programs and initiatives to overcome the challenges associated with relocation and the frequent and lengthy absences from home of their serving member … More Military Spouse Employment in Australia