Veterans’ Employment

ACT Minister for Veterans Affairs Mr Gordon Ramsay speaking to ACT Public service staff members Ian Hildred, Senior manager Public sector standards unit, and Craig Rose, Deputy Director People Management, in front of the ACT Memorial

The ACT Government launched its Veterans’ Employment Strategy in September 2017. The Government supports the transition of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel into civilian life and recognises that their skills and experience are a valuable asset to the ACT community. The Government’s vision is to make the ACT Public Service (ACTPS) a leader in the recruitment and retention of veterans.

The ACT Government Veterans Employment Strategy aligns with the broader focus of the ACTPS to build a diverse, agile, responsive and innovative public service that delivers the ACT Government’s priorities and provides effective services for the ACT community.

All staff survey

An all staff survey was undertaken in late 2017 to determine the number of veterans employed by the Service and gain an understanding of their experience of entering the ACTPS. 134 responses were received. Key highlights from the survey can be found here.

Infographic EX ADF personnel in the ACTPS - Survey outcomes [PDF 51 KB]

ADF rank/ACTPS classification guide

The ADF Rank/ACTPS Classification Guide has been developed to assist Veterans to compare ADF ranks and ACTPS classification levels in the administrative stream for general duties that do not require the exercise of military command responsibilities.

ADF rank - ACTPS Classification Guide [Word version 1.4 MB]

ACTPS veterans employment transition guide

The ACTPS Veterans Employment Transition Guide has been developed for people considering professional options after a career in the ADF. It provides information on the ACTPS and useful tips for job searching and navigating the application and selection process.

ACTPS Veterans Employment Transition Guide [PDF 987 KB] [Word version 5 MB]

ACTPS veterans employment register

The ACTPS has established a register for current ADF members and Veterans who are interested in a career in the ACTPS. Suitable ACTPS vacancies are forwarded to people on the register for their consideration.

For further information or to put your name on the ACTPS Veterans’ Employment Register contact

Guide to employing veterans in the ACTPS

The Employing Veterans in the ACT Public Service guide has been produced to provide ACTPS employees involved in recruitment with an understanding of the ADF environment, the personal attributes Veterans, the ADF rank structure and ways in which they can consider Veterans for vacant positions.

Employing Veterans in the ACTPS Guide [Word version 4.3 MB]

Veterans’ executive champions

In June 2018, the Minister for Seniors and Veterans, Gordon Ramsay, MLA, appointed six Veterans’ Executive as part of the Government’s commitment to supporting the transition of veterans into employment in the ACTPS.  They are:

  • Emma Thomas, Director-General, Transport Canberra and City Services

    Emma Thomas, Director-General, Transport Canberra and City Services

    Emma Thomas is the Director-General for Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) and brings extensive experience in both the commercial and public sectors, including major infrastructure projects that span most forms of transport including ‘planes, trains and automobiles.’

    Prior to leading TCCS, Emma was the Director-General of the Capital Metro Agency, delivering Canberra’s first stage of light rail. Prior to this, she was the State Rail Commissioner for South Australia and Deputy Chief Executive of Public Transport. Previous experience also includes senior executive roles at Transport and Main Roads Queensland and Boeing. She commenced her career as an aeronautical engineer in the Royal Australian Air Force where she served for eight years.

    Emma is passionate about creating a simple and responsive customer experience and is excited to proudly deliver services to the people of Canberra.

  • Damian Cantwell, ACT Electoral Commissioner

    Damian Cantwell, ACT Electoral Commissioner

    Damian Cantwell is the ACT Electoral Commissioner, an independent statutory office holder under the ACT Electoral Act 1992 and an Officer of the ACT Legislative Assembly. He is responsible for the conduct of elections and referendums for the ACT Legislative Assembly; the determination of electoral boundaries for the ACT; and provision of electoral information, education, advice and services to a wide range of clients. He assumed this appointment on 1st November 2017 having retired from the Australian Army on 1st October 2017 after 37 years of full time ADF service.

  • David Roulston, Chief Information Officer, Transport Canberra and City Services

    David Roulston, Chief Information Officer, Transport Canberra and City Services

    David Roulston FAIPM CPPE is in the position of Chief Information Officer and Portfolio Management Office Director with the ACT Government Directorate and has a passion for the practice and profession of project management, especially linked to the development and delivery of IT/Digital systems. He completed 21 years in the Royal Australian Navy, a career that he undertook from the age of sixteen. David transitioned to what was the Defence Materiel Organisation, now known as Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, and ignited his passion for IT and Communications project management and growing project management as a culture. David was involved in major joint projects such as the High Frequency Modernisation Project, the Military Satellite Capability project and the Satellite Systems Program Office. In 2009 he transferred to the ACT Government where he had the task of implementing a project management framework and culture within the department. In his spare time David provides support and mentoring for Project Managers and Mentoring for Veterans transition from the Defence environment to other areas and careers. He is currently the President of the ACT Chapter and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management. He has a love for family, his grandkids, fishing, and is looking forward to one day caravanning around this fantastic county of ours.

  • Georgeina Whelan, Chief Officer, ACT State Emergency Service

  • Brendan Stevens, Director, People and Culture, Emergency Services Agency

  • Virginia Hayward, Chief Human Resources Officer, Justice and Community Services Directorate

    Virginia Hayward, Chief Human Resources Officer, Justice and Community Services Directorate

    Ms Virginia Hayward served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1989-2003 as a dual specialist Seaman and Administration Officer. She successfully transitioned to the ACT Government in 2004 and returned to uniform as a Reservist in 2007-08. Ms Hayward is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer within the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate (JACS). She has held this position since October 2017 and is committed to developing an engaged and inclusive workforce, recognising the value of diversity and the need to provide supportive leadership at levels. The employment and support of Veterans is part of this important work. She was appointed a Veterans’ Executive Champion in June 2018 as part of the ACT Government’s commitment to supporting the transition of veterans into employment into the ACT Public Service. Ms Hayward is a Navy reservist and a Councillor on the ACT United Services Institute.

These ACTPS Senior Executives champion the inclusion of Veterans in the ACTPS and encourage and support ACTPS employees to develop and implement inclusive practices for Veterans.

Further information

For further information on the ACTPS Veterans’ Employment Strategy contact