New era for Australian Defence Force careers

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The Hon Matt Keogh MP

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Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

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19 July 2023

The Australian Government has officially launched ADF Careers, marking a new era for Australian Defence Force (ADF) recruitment.

Today’s launch follows the commencement of Defence’s new recruiting capability partner, Adecco Australia and is a key milestone in Defence’s journey toward a modernised ADF recruiting system that supports candidates through a quicker recruiting process and delivers an expanded, ready and enabled ADF.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, the Hon Matt Keogh said investing in the growth and retention of a highly skilled Defence workforce is a priority of the Defence Strategic Review, which sets the agenda for ambitious but necessary reform to Defence’s posture and structure.

“The Defence Strategic Review recommends changes to policy, process, risk appetite and our approach to recruitment to be able to meet our workforce goals,” Minister Keogh said.

“We need an innovative and bold recruitment model that increases the speed of recruitment from application to enlistment to inspire the defence workforce of the future and grow our Defence Force.

“Our people are our most important Defence capability and we want more Australians to have the chance to experience a rich and rewarding career in the ADF.

“An ADF career is one that provides fulfilling and well-paid work, job security, amazing benefits including health and housing support, and world-class training and education opportunities.

“We want to connect with Australians who are interested in a career with the ADF, no matter where they live, and reduce the time it takes to enlist those who choose this rewarding path.”

Four newly-located and technologically enhanced ADF Careers Centres are now open in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

These centres are complemented by an ADF Careers mobile recruiting centre – a purpose-built vehicle – which has commenced a touring schedule of rural and regional Australia this week.

“The ADF Careers mobile recruiting centre will expand the geographic reach of our recruiting efforts, taking the opportunities direct to prospective candidates across the nation and making it much easier for them to connect with us,” Minister Keogh said.

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