Breaking barriers to veterans filling public sector roles


Victorian veterans making the move to civilian life will continue to receive Government support to secure roles in the public sector.

The Victorian Government has set a new target to assist an extra 750 veterans into roles in government departments and agencies including Victoria Police and Corrections Victoria.

Veterans gain valuable skills and experience while serving in the Australian Defence Force. They are resilient, versatile and adept at problem solving, but may face challenges translating their skills and finding employment in civilian life.

The Public Sector Veteran Employment Strategy provides support through various initiatives to veterans seeking employment. The Veteran Mentor Program connects veterans in Victoria’s public sector with those interested in becoming part of it. The Veteran Employee Network also brings together veterans working in the public sector, enabling them to support newcomers and share their insights and experiences.

Other initiatives include online resources, and workshops that offer advice for veterans on:

  • finding vacancies
  • applying for roles
  • communicating the transferrable skills and knowledge gained in military service.

In 2016, the Victorian Government set a target to employ 250 veterans in the Victorian public sector. In 2019, that goal was tripled to 750 veterans and exceeded when 767 veterans secured employment between June 2017 and June 2021.

The Government has provided more than $2.7 million to date for the Public Sector Veteran Employment Strategy and is also working to employ more veterans on major infrastructure projects.

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