Public Sector Veterans Employment Strategy

The skills and experience veterans gain in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) are second-to-none. The Victorian Government recognises the value of diverse and highly skilled employees. In November 2016, the Premier set a target to employ up to 250 veterans to the public sector.

The Strategy will provide online resources to support veterans to find opportunities in the Victorian Public Sector (VPS) and promote the skills of veterans to relevant employers.

Veterans are asked to self-identify on the Careers Victoria website. This information will help us to monitor the number of Veterans applying for positions and to identify and address any barriers they may be experiencing in progressing through the recruitment process.

Careers in the Victorian public sector

Veterans register your interest in a career in the Victorian public sector.

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The VPS and ADF share many common values

Strong values are important in both the ADF and VPS, therefore veterans can readily adopt and embody the VPS values when they transition.





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What Veterans in the VPS have to say

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Carmel Flynn

Executive Director, Emergency Management, Department of Education and Training

"I was attracted to work in the public sector for the same reasons I was attracted to work in the ADF... I was motivated to contribute to public service, and in particular to safer communities. I wanted to work in a values based organisation that would be fast-paced and provide challenge and variety."

"I think veterans will be surprised by how relevant their training and experience is to the public sector. They will continue to contribute the skills they have gained in the ADF to achieve better outcomes for Victorian communities."

After gaining a Bachelor of Commerce, Carmel enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force in 1989 and over the next nine years was employed as a Logistics Officer. Joining as a junior officer, Carmel undertook a number of diverse roles including procurement, project management of strategic inventory management and transportation operations. In 1993 Carmel was deployed to active service in Somalia working within a tri-service movements team with the United Nations operations in Mogadishu. She was later promoted to Squadron Leader, prior to leaving the ADF in 1998.

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Mike Freeman

Manager, Emergency Management Victoria

“ADF members are exposed to leadership and management challenges at an early point in their careers and have relatively highly refined people management and teamwork skills. Veterans and ex-ADF members have faced some significant challenges in their service and will adapt very quickly to new environments, bringing a pragmatic and outcomes-focussed approach to problem solving.”

“It’s important to understand that the public sector can recruit from anywhere directly into almost any position so although the VPS has a rank structure, don’t get too focussed on it. The backgrounds, sector experiences and skills of your colleagues, across all levels, will surprise you.”

Mike underwent officer training at the Australian Defence Force Academy and then the Royal Military College Duntroon in the mid to late 1990s. As an Armoured Corps officer he spent the majority of his Army career leading, training and managing armoured vehicle crews at various levels of seniority across Australia. More recent roles have been as a HR Manager, as a Director of Training & Development and as the senior Australian officer on an overseas mission. Operationally Mike has served in East Timor, on border protection operations and two tours of Afghanistan. After 22 years in the ADF, Mike left the Army in January 2017.

Mark RyanMark Ryan

Facilities Management Officer, Department of Treasury and Finance

"I wanted to continue to serve my country, without the obligatory forced moves, and the public service and sector has a large range of roles and opportunities that allow for a fulfilling and challenging career."

"As veterans I think that we have unique outlooks that allow us to provide fresh approaches to issues and challenges faced by departments in their daily business."

"Employers should understand that veterans will have come from an intensive team environment and that for them, the hardest part of the interview process will not be answering your questions but it will be using the word "I" instead of "we"."

Mark enlisted in the Army in 1988 into the Royal Australian Infantry Corp and worked in several infantry companies within the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. He then transitioned to the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corp, where he stayed for 16 years. Mark spent time at the General Staff Division Canberra Army Office and was deployed to East Timor and the Sinai in Egypt. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1999 by His Excellency, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). After a posting in Sydney Mark moved to Melbourne and served with the 4th Combat Service Support Battalion. Mark had a final posting to the Watsonia Training Development Centre before leaving the ADF in 2009.

Last updated on Thursday, 25 October 2018