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Transitioning from the ADF can be a stressful process for everyone involved, including family members. 

It’s important to consider how your transition will affect those closest to you.  Have open and frank conversations with your partner and family so that you can understand if they have any concerns about the potential changes that lie ahead. 

Some worthwhile conversations to have include:

  • Where would you/your partner like to settle?
    • Is this a good place to find work in our chosen fields?
    • Are we happy with the education choices available for our children?
    • Is support easily accessible here?
  • Will work and/or caring responsibilities change following transition?
  • How will a change of career affect the family income and how will the family adapt to a possible reduction in salary when you first leave Defence?
    • Who will be responsible for the main source of income? What affect will this have on their wellbeing?
    • Will anticipated study affect the ability to earn an income for a period of time?
  • Do you need to consider changes to your housing situation when you leave Defence?

Once you have considered these questions, you will have a clearer pathway to a successful transition.  It’s important to keep your family included and updated in the progress of your transition.

Support for the family:

There are a number of support services that can assist the partners, children, parents or carers of a transitioning member. 

  • Transition Coaches are the main point of contact during the transition process. They will work with the family to provide tailored coaching to assist you during, and up to 12 months post transition. They will also be able to help recognised partners to plan for, secure and maintain suitable employment. 
  • Transition Seminars are one-day events that help you and your family prepare for transition into civilian life. Members and their partners are able to attend Transition Seminars at any point during their ADF career. 
  • The Partnerships Hub is a great place to start if you are unsure where to look for support. We can connect you with groups that are relevant to your needs and situation.


Helpful Links:

Child Care:


Education – click here to learn about the school system in South Australia

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