Understanding the career development services, the Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP) and the Defence Partner Friendly Employment Initiative
Understanding career development services, the
Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP)
and the Defence Partner Friendly employment
Career Development Support for ADF Partners
Facilitator: Amanda McCue
(CDAA ACT Learning and Development Coordinator)
What do we mean by
What do you think of when you hear the word
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.
Why Invest in Professional Career Support?
Career Development Association of
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
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
Career Development Association of
Defence Community Organisation
Intent of the program
To assist with the immediate employability of
partners when they relocate to the members posting
Definition of partner of ADF member
‘Partner’: a spouse or a recognised interdependent
partner (as defined in PACMAN Chapter 1, Part 3,
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
Fees payable when required under legislative requirements
● 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.
● A contribution towards a
● Maximum of $1,500 funding
available whenever the
partner is relocating with the
member as a result of posting
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.
Finding the right
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
● Can you meet them first to discuss your
● 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
● 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
● There is no discretion to approve and fund
applications for professional employment
● 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
● 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
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
And the company employment websites via
Career Development Association of Australia www.cdaa.org.au
Defence Community Organisation www.defence.gov.au/dco
Defence Families of Australia www.dfa.org.au