TAFE Queensland provides a range of services to help support members to re-enter the workforce after exiting the Australian Defence Force (ADF). There are a range of funding options that ex-ADF members may be eligible for that can reduce the costs of their studies. Defence Solutions Officers are available to guide you through the process.

Make your experience count

In some cases the training and experience you gained during your time in service with the Australian Defence Force may be transferable as credit, reducing your course duration, enabling you to start your new career faster.  

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Concession fees

Ex-Defence Force personnel who hold a Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) card may be eligible for concession fees on approved or subsidised TAFE Queensland courses. Persons listed on an eligible DVA card, including a Veteran's spouse or dependants, may also be able to access concession fees. This means that Veterans and their dependants may be able to retrain or upgrade their existing skill sets through TAFE Queensland at a significantly reduced cost.

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Funding options

There are a number of funding options that Ex-Defence Force personnel may qualify for, regardless of whether they already hold a prior qualification, including Certificate 3 Guarantee and the Higher Level Skills subsidy.

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Defence to Civilian Transition

TAFE Queensland offers support, advice and guidance to transitioning ADF members with specialist Defence Solutions Officers. Through the Back to Work program Veterans can access Jobseeker Officers, Career and Training Assessments, and may be eligible for Certificate 3 Guarantee Boost funding.


Jobseeker Officers

Jobseeker Officers are based within TAFE Queensland and support jobseekers to identify and connect with training and skills development. Jobseeker Officers provide independent advice on career and training opportunities, help jobseekers determine their individual skills, and recommend appropriate services and support.


Career and training assessment

Jobseeker Officers can undertake Career and Training Assessments which assess an individual’s eligibility for subsidised training and recommend a training pathway that aligns with an appropriate employment opportunity.


Certificate 3 Guarantee Boost funding

As part of a Career and Training Assessment, Jobseeker Officers have the ability to give eligible individuals access to Certificate 3 Guarantee Boost funding. Back to Work Jobseeker Officers will assess a jobseeker’s existing qualifications, potential training needs and refer individuals to a subsidised training opportunity if applicable.


Defence Solutions Officers

Our Defence Solutions Officers are based within TAFE Queensland and provide support and advice to Defence personnel wishing to re-train as a part of their transition to civilian life.


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News and blogs

TAFE Queensland CEO Mary Campbell at Rheinmetall

Rheinmetall partnership set to attract skilled workers

TAFE Queensland is partnering with the largest supplier of military vehicles, Rheinmetall Defence Australia, firmly positioning Queensland as Australia’s home of land defence and industrial capability.

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Training partnership wins premier's industry collaboration award

TAFE Queensland and Rheinmetall Defence Australia are proud to be recognised as the Premier’s Industry Collaboration award winner for delivering the ISO 9606 Fusion Welding Program at the 2020 Queensland Training Awards on Friday 18 September.

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Transitioning to civi street

Transitioning from defence to civilian life is no easy feat, and a new TAFE Queensland initiative aims to assist veterans into the next stage of their career. The Transition to Civi Street program matches existing skill sets with educational opportunities to create new civilian career paths.

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Mr Bart Mellish, Member for Aspley and Assistant Minister to the Premier for Veterans’ Affairs, Trade and COVID Economic Recovery; the Honourable Di Farmer, Minister for Employment and Small Business and Training and Skills Development.

Partnership assists Ex-ADF members transitioning to civilian life

TAFE Queensland and Soldier On are proud to have officially partnered to support Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families as they transition into civilian life.

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TAFE Queensland secures maritime defence contract in Cairns

Following a competitive tender process, TAFE Queensland in Cairns was named as the successful training contractor for the Pacific Maritime Training Services (PMTS) program on Tuesday 9 March 2021.

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Emily welding student

Emily builds a strong welding future

Emily Giezen is making a big blast at Rheinmetall Defence Australia for her work as an armoured steel welder. The TAFE Queensland–trained welder and former engineering apprentice was one of only four applicants to secure a highly sought-after position at the global defence company against 150 applicants.

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