Transition to Civilian Life

Transition to Civilian Life

Transitioning to civilian life brings with it a number of complex challenges – reconnecting with your family, finding a job, moving home, adjusting to a different pace and the individualistic culture of civilian society, and learning to provide basic necessities (such as food, clothing and medical care) which were previously provided for you.
RSL Sub Branches are full of people who have made the transition and who want to help others to make of the most of their new life and avoid the pitfalls they experienced.  With more than 240 Sub Branches across the state, you can connect with people in your local area who have ‘been there’.  find a sub branch

More Help? Here are more support options available to you.

Defence Community Organisation (DCO) Transitions

Defence provides a range of support services to assist ADF members planning to leave Defence to make the transition to civilian life as smooth and successful as possible. ADF Transition Centres are located across Australia and provide transition support services to ADF members, their families, units and local Command. Support services include practical information seminars that are held nationally, throughout the year; personalised assistance to prepare for transition; referrals to other service providers as appropriate; help with administration; and support for training and civilian employment.

  1800 624 608 (24 hrs)


Established in 2004, we provide a complete Career Transition Service, including CV development, Career Direction Advice, Qualification recommendations, Interview coaching and Job Placement, specifically for Defence members transiting from the ADF.  All our Career Development Practitioners are ex-Defence or partners of Defence members.  Our success rate of customers gaining new employment is unequalled.

  1300 366 104

Whiskey’s Wish

Provides training of and fully trained service dogs to assist former servicemen and women, first responders and emergency personnel with mobility assistance, such as opening and closing doors, providing stability while walking, and picking up and retrieving items; as well as emotional support such as providing a buffer in public spaces and calming panic attacks and nightmares.

  0428 368 390