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

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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
  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)
  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.
  4. Why Invest in Professional Career Support?

  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
  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
  7. Career development support Kate Flaherty Lisa Tozer Career Development Association

    of Australia (ACT)
  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
  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
  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.
  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
  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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  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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 defencefamilyhelpline@defence.gov.au
  18. Defence Partner Friendly Employer

  19. 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/
  20. 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/