Partner Education and Employment

Partner Employment


Defence recognises the military lifestyle can present challenges to partners and spouses of ADF members who are seeking meaningful employment. DCO supports the employment of defence partners through the Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP).

PEAP provides funding towards initiatives to assist ADF partners with the difficulties of finding employment when the member is relocated on postings or medically transitioning. Eligible partners can apply for up to $1500 funding to access employment related initiatives.



Not eligible or already used your PEAP?

The RSL Queensland Employment Program may be able to support you in working to secure a meaningful new career. RSL Queensland recognises that you've supported your partner in their Defence career, but it may have meant that your own career prospects have suffered.

Services include career counselling, traning and development, CV and application assistance and connections to employers. Eligible applicants must be married or defacto with a current or ex-serving ADF member and have already accessed the Partner Employment Assistance Program through DCO. 



Soldier On has a dedicated Employment team who provide one-on-one employment support to ex-service members and their spouses via phone, email or Skype. From self reflection to resume writing to interviewing, the professional employment team can provide you with all the guideance you need to secure your next career. If you are unsure about what career is right for you, Employment officers can undertake career exploration with you.

To find out more about the Soldier On Employment services and submit an expression of interest, visit the link below.




Partner Education


Are you a defence partner who has postponed your career at the sacrifice of your defence lifestyle? The RSL Queensland Scholarship Program can support you to upskill, re-train or gain degree qualifications that will allow you to re-enter the workforce, pursue a new career or relocate more easily.

Applications for 2020 Partner Scholarships are open now, spots are limited.


Helpful Hint:


The RSL Queensland Employment Program encourages job seekers to review their CV's on JobScan. 

JobScan is an online tool that uses algorithms to compare applicant resumes with position descriptions for matching terms and commonalities. Checking your match rate will give you an indication of how well your resume aligns with a position description. Making small adjustments to your resume can give you the best chance of progressing further in job applications.

Need More help?

Here are more support options available to you

Defence Engage Directory

The Defence Engage website has specific resources to support the education of partners and families.

Engage is an online portal that current, transitioning, and former ADF members; their families, and/or those involved in their support can use to locate support services. Engage simplifies the process of accessing support by providing information on not-for-profit services available from a range of service providers.