Partners of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who are out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic will be better supported through changes to the Defence Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP). Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the coronavirus had affected all Australians, including the partners of Australia’s ADF personnel, and this change was just one of the ways we can support them.
“ADF partners make incredible sacrifices and the deployment and posting cycles can have a significant affect, particularly on their employment,” Chester said. “Through the PEAP, partners can access up to A$1,500 for employment-related initiatives, previously only available when they relocated to a new posting location. The changes to the PEAP mean partners will be able to access the program at any time during the posting cycle and regardless of how long they have been in a location. This change will support those Defence partners affected by the coronavirus pandemic and potentially inject up to A$4 million into the Australian Career Management Industry in the coming financial year.”
The PEAP funds employment-related initiatives such as development of a professional resume or resume coaching, identification of transferrable skills, employment options and job placement advice, job search techniques and strategies, and development of an online employment profile. The PEAP also offers, based on a partner’s employment needs, Job Search Preparation workshops to assist in securing employment sooner in their location. The enhancements will provide both improved employment outcomes and a vital boost to the career management industry.
Further information on Defence support for ADF partner employment is available on the Defence Community Organisation website.