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STEP Program for ADF Transition

Training for current and former serving Defence Force members

TAFE SA can provide serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families with support and training to help transition to the civilian workforce.


TAFE SA’s Skills Transition Education Program (STEP) is designed to pinpoint your training and career objectives while charting the most effective route to attain them through tailored career guidance.

Know that you will be supported by TAFE SA every step of the way, throughout the enrolment process and during your studies. We can work through your eligibility for funding, arrange an interpretation of your prior training and experience record, and identify any required gap-training.

In the coming years, 42 out of the 50 careers projected for significant growth will require technical skills, similar to those you’ve acquired during your ADF career.  Whether you’re undertaking the recognition of your skills process (RPL), engaging in gap training, or wanting to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship, STEP enables you to ready yourself for a career in an industry poised for expansion.

Career planning

Our highly skilled student services team will work alongside your ADF Transition Coach to provide specialised guidance and help you reach your training and career goals.

Once you have your future pathway mapped out, our team can assist you in navigating funding and support that you may be eligible for.

Funding assistance

Transitioning ADF members and their families can access free (funded by the Commonwealth Government) career development services for up to two years. Career transition training funding gives transitioning members up to $5,320 to access vocational education and training to assist employment prospects in the civilian sector.

Funding is also available for military spouses under the Partner Employment Assistance Scheme (PEAP). The two support initiatives offered under PEAP include professional employment services and professional re-registration.

  • Re-registration must be state based as required by legislation.
  • Support under the professional employment services is for a maximum of $1500 per posting.
  • Support for re-registration costs can be provided in addition to the $1500.

Skill recognition

Your previous Defence training and experience will be considered as part of your skills transition process. TAFE SA and the ADF Transition Centre can arrange interpretation of your training records and subsequenly link you with our subject matter experts to provide recognition of prior learning (RPL) which can count towards your chosen qualification.

The RPL process may identify gaps in your knowledge, skills, or other parts of a qualification, which you can then complete with additional training.

Next Steps

Speak to one of our student counsellors to discuss your options.

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TAFE SA have developed a relationship with Defence and will work with you to provide specialised guidance and support. You will meet with a student counsellor who will assess your eligibility for funding and help with your selection of study options and courses.

A TAFE SA lecturer will facilitate a credit transfer for recognition of prior learning (RPL) and arrange an interpretation of your skills and knowledge gained in the ADF to identify any required gap training to bring you one step closer to your new career.

Skills in Demand

We make sure our qualifications are relevant and up to date to ensure the students of today will be the successful employees of tomorrow. We give you choice and flexibility to pursue your career of the future and to enter a new frontier.

Training support for current serving ADF members

The Defence Force is a complex, multi-faceted sector, with roles within the ADF varying widely with many different skills and levels of expertise.

TAFE SA can also provide advice and training to upskill current serving ADF members at all levels. Whether you’re looking for a short course, skill set, or full qualification, TAFE SA can provide the training solution for your career goal.

Earn while you learn

You can also study a TAFE SA qualification via an apprenticeship or traineeship. As an apprentice or a trainee, you benefit from structured and relevant industry training while gaining valuable on-the-job experience.  You can choose from a wide range of qualifications across a range of industry sectors.

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Department of DefenceTAFE SA would like to acknowledge TAFE Queensland and the Department of Defence for their support initiating this program.


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