Career Transition Assistance Scheme

If you are transitioning from the Australian Defence Force the Career Transition Assistance Scheme (CTAS) is designed to help facilitate your transition from Defence to civilian employment through training and financial support and this includes medical discharges. There are three levels of CTAS eligibility which provide varying levels of entitlements for those members who are discharging; CTAS Level 1, 2 and 3 – Medical discharges are automatically eligible for CTAS Level 3. It is important to note that benefits are determined based upon length of service in the ADF. To apply for CTAS you should seek our your local ADF Transitions Officer.

 There are several benefits covered under CTAS, which include;

  • Job Search Preparation Workshop – a two-day workshop covering all aspects of applying for civilian employment;
  • Career Transition Training – Access to vocational education and training to assist your employment prospects in the civilian sector;
  • Career Transition Management Coaching – Coaching to assist you to identify your skills, future career options, develop interview skills and learn effective job seeking;
  • Resume Coaching – Resume coaching for eligible veterans for up to $235; and
  • Partner Employee Assistance Program – A program that provides funding towards initiatives to assist partners of ADF veterans with the immediate difficulties of finding employment when they relocate due to a posting or their ADF partner is medically discharging. (Only eligible to veterans who are medically discharging).
CTAS Level
Job Search Preparation Workshop
Approved Absence
Career Transition Training (CTT) – $5,320
Career Transition Management Coaching (CTMC) – $2,820
Resume Coaching
Financial Advice – $518
Partner Employment Assistance Program
< 12 Years’ Service
1
Yes
5 Days
No
No
No
No
No
12 – < 18 Years’ Service
2
Yes
10 Days
Either / Or

Yes, up to $1,100
if CTMC isn’t undertaken
Yes, up to $1,100
if CTT isn’t undertaken
Yes
No
No
CRA or > 18 Years’ Service
3
Yes
23 Days
Either / Or

Yes, up to $5,320
If CTMC isn’t undertaken
Yes, up to $2,820
if CTT isn’t undertaken
Yes
No
No
Medical Discharge
3
Yes
23 Days
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Transitioning from the Australian Defence Force

Regardless if you are transitioning from the Australian Defence Force after serving your Initial Minimum Period of Service, or if you are medically transitioning after a long career, there is an abundance of resources which are relevant to your transition, and we believe it is important to be prepared for your transition. The following links provide guidance on everything from the administrative requirements of transitioning from the ADF to applying for a Veteran Card.

Defence Community Organisation – Leaving the ADF – Your Transition

https://www.defence.gov.au/DCO/Transition/YourTransition/Default.asp

Australian Government – Department of Veterans’ Affairs

https://www.dva.gov.au/

Department of Veterans’ Affairs – Veteran Card (White & Gold Card)

https://www.dva.gov.au/health-and-treatment/veteran-healthcare-cards/veteran-card

Department of Veterans’ Affairs – Factsheets

https://www.dva.gov.au/what-happened-factsheets

Department of Veterans’ Affairs – Incapacity Payments & How to Apply

https://www.dva.gov.au/financial-support/income-support/support-when-you-cannot-work/what-are-incapacity-payments-and-how

Repatriation Medical Authority – Statements of Principles

http://www.rma.gov.au/sops/

Repatriation Medical Authority Statements of Principles (RMA SOPs) exclusively state what factors must exist to establish a causal connection between particular diseases or injuries and service in the Australian Defence Force. These SOP’s apply to decisions about liability by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs under;

  • Veterans’ Entitlements Act (VEA); and
  • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (MRCA).

Department of Veterans’ Affairs – Medical Discharges & ADF Medical Boards

https://clik.dva.gov.au/military-compensation-mrca-manuals-and-resources-library/incapacity-policy-manual/2-investigating-entitlement-incapacity-payments/27-medical-discharges-and-adf-medical-boards

Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation – Pensions

https://www.csc.gov.au/Members/Retirement/Pensioners/

Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation – Invalidity Pensions

https://www.csc.gov.au/-/media/Files/MilitarySuper/Factsheets/MB03-invalidity-benefits.pdf

Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC) pay invalidity benefits to veterans who are retired medically by the Australian Defence Force. There are three primary classes of invalidity payments that a member may be eligible for, and this will be determined by a CSC delegate.

  • Class A – Incapacity of 60% or more;
  • Class B – Incapacity from 30% to 59%; and
  • Class C – Incapacity less than 30%.

This fact sheet will outline how each invalidity pension is calculated and paid to a veteran.

Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme (DHOAS)

https://www.dhoas.gov.au/