We offer support, advice and guidance to transitioning ADF members via specialist DSOs who have significant transition experience. Our DSOs can discuss recognition of prior defence training and experience along with a range of funding options to support the adjustment to meaningful civilian opportunities.
Our Defence Solutions Officers (DSO) have knowledge of Defence doctrine, training and transition processes. The DSOs have previous deployment history and understand the challenges associated with being medically discharged.
Your DSO will be your single point of contact and have direct line of sight for interpretation of your training records. We’ll connect you to subject matter experts within our business to support your transition plans to give you the confidence and the best chance of success.
Our DSOs can offer their support, lived experience and guidance on industry trends with Defence primes, small-to-medium (SME) and supply chain providers of sovereign capability that aligns with appropriate and meaningful employment opportunities.
We are Queensland's largest, most experienced registered training provider. We deliver practical, industry-relevant training across a range of industries from entry-level certificates to bachelor degrees, at more than 50 locations across Queensland with many campuses near Defence locations. We have direct connections to the Australian Government, ADF, External Support Organisations (ESO), ADFTC (Transition Cell), Soldier Recovery Cell (SRC) and DVA (Department of Veterans’ Affairs) and ADF Reserves.
Our DSOs have current ADF base passes and visit sites to assist members at Gallipoli, RAAF Base Amberley and Lavarack Barracks.
TAFE Queensland has formalised Memorandum of Understandings (MOU), Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) and relationships with primes, ESO, SME and supply chains in support of the Australian Industry Capability (AIC) Program.
As part of your transition process, understanding, interpreting and recognition of your prior Defence training and experience is paramount. Our DSOs can offer guidance and discuss any knowledge gaps. We’ll work with you to explore your eligibly for funding programs including but not limited to:
• Certificate 3 Guarantee
• Back to Work
• Higher Level Skills
• Free TAFE for Under 25s
• Free Apprenticeships for Under 25s
• Defence Force Transition Program (DFTP)
Whether its management, employment or trade related skills, our DSOs will work with you to make sure the training and experience you gained during your time with the Australian Defence Force is considered for credit or recognition of prior learning. This can reduce your course duration, enabling you to start your career faster.
Ex-Defence Force personnel who hold a Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) card, regardless of the card’s colour, may be eligible for concession fees for TAFE Queensland courses. This means that Veterans and their dependants (if included on the DVA card) may be able to retrain or upgrade their existing skills with TAFE Queensland.
To get in touch with one of our specialist Defence Support Officers, please complete our enquiry form.