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Division 5: Career transition training

2.2.20 Purpose

Career transition training provides access to vocationally-oriented education and training. Eligible members may take vocational training courses for post-termination employment and employment-related work skills.

2.2.21 Career transition training

  1. Career transition training may take either of these forms.

    1. Face-to-face tutorial attendance.

    2. Courses provided through correspondence or on-line facilities.

  2. The training must be a formal course which has all these attributes.

    1. Structured and provided by a qualified training firm.

    2. A schedule of training and a syllabus for each subject.

    3. Recognised or accredited by employers.

  3. Any vocationally-oriented course, or recognised course segment, within the Australian qualifications framework may be approved as career transition training. It must meet policy requirements, particularly regarding the extent of training and that it is essential for the member's career transition.

  4. Only career transition training that can be completed during the 12-month preservation time limit may be funded.

    Example: A postgraduate diploma.

2.2.22 Approved absence for career transition training

  1. Depending on their length of qualifying service, under the Career Transition Assistance Scheme, members may take up to 23 days' approved absence from the workplace to attend a training course. Any additional time for attendance must be when not required for duty.

    See: Division 2 section 2.2.10, Assistance summary, table item 4.

  2. Approved absence is not leave. Members are on duty.

  3. Note: Approved absence is accessed using Form AC853-3, Career Transition Assistance Application.

2.2.23 Benefit

Eligible members are eligible to these maximum amounts for career transition training.

Item Assistance level Maximum ($)
1. 1 0
2. 2 1,100
3. 3 4,400

Exception: The Executive Officer, Career Transition Assistance may approve more expensive training courses for Career Transition Assistance Level 3 members in these two cases.

  1. If a specific qualification or licence is required by the industry regulatory body of the members' intended field of employment.

  2. In exceptional cases, where there is no industry regulatory body. The member's application must include evidence supporting the essential nature of the training requirement.

2.2.24 Conditions for approval

  1. Career transition training must be specifically aligned to post-termination employment.

  2. The training should be aligned to transferring the skills and experience gained from the member's ADF career to the civilian sector. A member whose career transition training objectives are broadly consistent with the member's Service training, expertise or employment is considered to be meeting this criteria.

  3. If a member's career transition goals are different from their Service employment or training, or if the training sought is expensive, they should demonstrate the genuine nature of their intentions as follows.

    1. By having obtained some relevant initial qualifications at their own expense or through the Defence Assisted Study Scheme.

    2. By extensive association with the activity as a hobby or part-time business or employment.

  4. In the cases described in subsection 3, the member must justify the request.

2.2.25 Essential training

  1. The career transition training sought must be essential for a member's effective career transition to suitable employment. This means employment or self-employment from which they will derive the major portion of their non-pension income after termination.

  2. The training will be assessed on the extent to which it is a requirement for employment or self-employment in that field.

  3. A member who has secured suitable employment is deemed to be successfully transitioned and has no eligibility for career transition training.

  4. Training will only be approved if the qualifications sought are the minimum necessary for the applicant to be competitive for employment in the intended industry. The requirements of individual employers seeking to employ people holding specific qualifications will be taken into account, but their requirements are not automatic grounds for approval.

  5. Attendance at more than one training course will only be approved if the training courses lead to one career transition goal. Training will not be approved if members seek training in divergent areas.

2.2.26 Training costs

  1. Defence will only cover costs associated with actual training.

    Examples: Mandatory course manuals, equipment hire if it is an integral part of the course costs.

  2. The Commonwealth will not pay for any of these items.

    1. Books

    2. Equipment

    3. Licences

    4. Membership subscriptions for a professional organisation or trade union.

  3. If members are required by a franchiser to undertake compulsory training by the franchiser, the cost of the course is regarded as a capital expense in establishing the business. The cost of the training will not be approved. Members may use approved absence under the Career Transition Assistance Scheme to undertake the training as on-the-job experience.

2.2.27 Ending career transition training early

Members who choose to end an approved period of career transition training early must notify the Resettlement Officer. The remaining period of approved absence from the workplace will be re-credited. It may be taken later if required.

2.2.28 Overseas training

  1. Career transition training may be approved at an overseas location in these situations.

    1. The member has a firm job offer for which the particular training is essential and is not available in Australia.

      Note: The member must show why the training should not be the responsibility of the future employer.

    2. The member is serving in an overseas posting location and intends to live in that location on termination.

      Note: There is no eligibility for travel costs.

  2. International fares for overseas travel are payable by the member. Overseas travel costs are payable at the rate for the training location, subject to the requirements of section 2.2.16.

    See: Division 2 section 2.2.16, Travel and accommodation for Scheme activities

Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances.


Copies of forms are available on the webforms system or through the Defence Service Centre.

  • AC853-3, Career Transition Assistance Application

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