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Career Development Support for ADF Spouses

Career Development Support for ADF Spouses

Understanding the career development services, the Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP) and the Defence Partner Friendly Employment Initiative

Defence Families of Australia

November 21, 2018
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  1. Understanding career development services, the
    Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP)
    and the Defence Partner Friendly employment
    initiative
    Career Development Support for ADF Partners

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  2. Tonight’s Panel
    Lisa Tozer
    Career Practitioner
    CDAA ACT
    Maree Sirois
    Defence Families
    of Australia
    (DFA)
    Shayne Vining
    Defence Community
    Organisation
    (DCO)
    Kate Flaherty
    President,
    CDAA ACT
    Facilitator: Amanda McCue
    (CDAA ACT Learning and Development Coordinator)

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  3. What do we mean by
    “career”?
    What do you think of when you hear the word
    “career”?
    Contemporary definition of career:
    A lifestyle concept that involves the sequence of
    work, learning and leisure activities in which one
    engages throughout a lifetime.
    Careers are unique to each person and are
    dynamic: unfolding throughout life.
    Careers include how persons balance their paid
    and unpaid work and personal life roles.

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  4. Why Invest in Professional Career Support?

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  5. Career
    development
    support
    Kate Flaherty
    Lisa Tozer
    Career Development Association of
    Australia (ACT)
    The Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) is
    Australia’s largest cross-sectoral community of career
    development practitioners, with members in every state and
    territory and across all sectors of the profession.
    Leaders of excellence in career development

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  6. Types of Career Support
    Career development practitioners provide services that help people make occupational and study decisions, find career
    information, plan and manage their careers and plan career transition. They assist individuals to prepare for their futures by
    making informed decisions about career and workforce development.
    Career development practitioners can help with a wide range of career development activities including:
    ● career planning and decision-making
    ● analysing your work-related skills and abilities
    ● identifying your work-related values and priorities
    ● adjusting your work-life balance
    ● researching and selecting learning and training options
    ● investigating the labour market
    ● job seeking e.g job search techniques, resume writing and interview coaching
    ● improving your network of contacts
    ● identifying or creating opportunities to progress your career
    ● marketing yourself for opportunities

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  7. Career
    development
    support
    Kate Flaherty
    Lisa Tozer
    Career Development Association of
    Australia (ACT)

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  8. Partner
    Employment
    Assistance Program
    Shayne Vining
    Defence Community Organisation
    Intent of the program
    To assist with the immediate employability of
    partners when they relocate to the members posting
    location
    Definition of partner of ADF member
    ‘Partner’: a spouse or a recognised interdependent
    partner (as defined in PACMAN Chapter 1, Part 3,
    Division 2

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  9. PEAP initiatives
    Professional employment services in the following:
    ● Resume/CV + coaching
    ● Identification of transferable skills
    ● Employment options and job placement advice
    ● Job search techniques and strategies
    ● Development of an online employment profile (e.g. LinkedIn)
    ● Application & selection criteria preparation coaching
    ● Preparation and presentation for interview
    Professional re-registration
    Fees payable when required under legislative requirements

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  10. PEAP Eligibility
    ● Recognised partner on PMKeyS
    ● Member has a posting order
    ● Partner relocating with the member
    ● If joining the member from another location, the PMKeyS status needs to be changed
    from MWDU before the partner can apply
    ● PEAP application lodged within twelve months of the member’s effective date of posting
    (when relocating with the member) or from the date the status is changed on PMKeyS
    (when joining the member in location).
    Partners do not need to be unemployed in order to apply for PEAP funding
    Please refer to the PEAP guidelines for a comprehensive list of eligibility requirements.

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  11. PEAP Funding
    ● A contribution towards a
    partner’s employability
    ● Maximum of $1,500 funding
    available whenever the
    partner is relocating with the
    member as a result of posting

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  12. Finding career
    support
    Leaders of excellence in career development.
    The Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA)
    is Australia’s largest cross-sectoral community of career
    development practitioners, with members in every state
    and territory and across all sectors of the profession.
    CDAA members have appropriate qualifications &
    experience and are committed to the Career Industry
    Council of Australia’s Professional Standards for Career
    Development Practitioners and the CDAA Code of Ethics.
    All members are in business, they charge a fee for the
    services they provide. You are encouraged to contact 2-3
    members and discuss your needs to make an informed
    decision about who could help you best.

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  13. Finding the right
    career practitioner
    for you
    What should I ask a Career Practitioner about?
    ● Their experience, training and qualifications
    ● Their specialised skills and knowledge
    ● What types of services they can offer you
    and how they work
    ● How are their services delivered e.g. in
    person; online
    ● Can you meet them first to discuss your
    issues?
    ● Do they belong to a professional association
    and if so which one?
    ● Cost and length of sessions?
    ● What tools do they use?
    ● You may also want to ask for a written quote
    (required for PEAP) and their terms of
    business.

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  14. PEAP Application
    ● For professional employment services, the application must include a quote from
    the partner’s chosen provider
    ● Applications will be assessed in the order in which they are received
    ● Applicants should anticipate 28 days from the time a complete application is
    received and will be advised of the outcome in writing
    ● Applications must be approved prior to commencing a PEAP initiative

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  15. Payment
    ● There is no discretion to approve and fund
    applications for professional employment
    services retrospectively
    ● Upon receipt of a correctly rendered invoice,
    DCO will pay the approved service provider
    ● The partner may pay the provider for
    approved services and seek reimbursement
    from DCO

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  16. PEAP Guidelines
    ● The program is administered from the guidelines
    ● Partners should fully understand the guidelines
    Accessing the PEAP guidelines and application form
    -Available on the partners page of the DCO website
    Still have questions?
    Please talk to the DCO Family Liaison Officer or contact the
    Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 or
    [email protected]

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  17. Defence Partner
    Friendly Employer

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  18. Defence partner
    friendly employers

    A DFA initiative
    Defence Families of Australia have begun the
    important task of educating employers about the
    benefits of hiring, retaining and developing defence
    partners as employees.
    The DFA checklist will help employers become
    “Defence family friendly”.
    To date 5 national employers have self-identified as
    defence family-friendly in accordance with the
    checklist and a further 2 have expressed their
    willingness to be defence friendly and so far meet
    nearly all of DFA’s requirements.
    You can access DFA’s checklist at
    https://dfa.org.au/our-advocacy/partner-
    employment/education-of-employers/
    And the company employment websites via
    https://dfa.org.au/our-advocacy/partner-
    employment/defence-partner-supportive-employers/

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  19. More Information?
    Career Development Association of Australia www.cdaa.org.au
    https://www.facebook.com/careerdevelopmentassociationaustralia
    Defence Community Organisation www.defence.gov.au/dco
    https://www.facebook.com/DefenceCommunityOrganisation/
    Defence Families of Australia www.dfa.org.au
    https://www.facebook.com/DefenceFamiliesofAustralia/

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