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.

Prime Ministers Veterans' Employment Awards

Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Awards 2020

The ACTPS has won a Prime Minister's Veterans Employment Award under the category Veterans' Employer of the Year - Public Sector Organisations!

Thank you to all those involved who support the ACTPS Veterans' Employment Strategy.

More information about the award is available at the Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment website.

Scroll down for more information on the ACTPS Veterans' Employment Strategy.

ACTPS Mentoring Program

The ACTPS has called for expressions of interest for its Veterans' Mentoring Program. The Program is open to ACTPS employees who are Veterans and spouses of Veterans. It provides a development opportunity to build on career skills, connect participants with professional individuals and networks from across the ACTPS, and to consider further opportunities in the ACTPS.

The Program will be run for a period of six months following matching of mentors and mentees, and training of mentors. Although the application period is closed, we will still accept expressions of interest! If you would like to take part in the program (as a mentor or mentee), please read the Guidelines for the Program, and email the completed form to

ACTPS Veterans Mentoring Program Guidelines [Word version 504KB]

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

The Minister for Seniors and Veterans, Gordon Ramsay, MLA, has appointed the following Senior Executives as Executive Champions Veterans’ as part of the Government’s commitment to supporting the transition of veterans into employment in the ACTPS:

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

Our partners in the Community Services Directorate

The Office for Seniors and Veterans

The office is located in the Inclusion and Participation Division of the Community Services Directorate, and:

  • provides policy advice on veterans to the ACT Government;
  • advises on veterans issues through participation in Government and community committees and forums;
  • manages the Veterans Grants Program; and
  • provides secretariat support to the Ministerial Advisory Council for Veterans and their Families.

For more information please contact the Office for Seniors and Veterans on (02) 6207 0555 or email

Ministerial Advisory Council for Veterans and their Families'

The Ministerial Advisory Council for Veterans and their Families comprises community members with a material interest in issues affecting Veterans and their families in the ACT.

The Council provides advice to ACT Government on policies and initiatives which help to support better outcomes for the city’s veteran community. An estimated 26,000 veterans live in the ACT.

Veterans' employment across Australia

National entities

Further information

For further information on the ACTPS Veterans’ Employment Strategy contact