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Opportunities for veterans in the Victorian Public Sector

In Victoria, we recognise the considerable contributions veterans make to our state – and the importance of supporting them.

The Public Sector Veteran Employment Strategy was launched in November 2016 guiding our work to employ 1,800 veterans into Victorian public sector by June 2025.

If you’re a veteran looking for post-service employment, we are eager to support you to match your skills and qualifications gained in the ADF to exciting and diverse roles within the Victorian public sector.

You can register for updates on job opportunities and employment events and seminars in the Victorian public sector.

Register for employment opportunities

If you are a veteran who is already a VPS employee, these resources are also available to you. Veterans working in the Victorian public sector can register to become a mentor, attend networking events and share case studies.

Register for employee resources

In the Victorian public sector, you can:

  • enjoy attractive salaries, generous leave, flexible working arrangements, training and development opportunities
  • access Defence Reserve Leave to continue your ADF career as a Reservist
  • access a wide range of career opportunities across a number of disciplines

The Victorian public sector includes:

  • government departments
  • public health sector
  • government schools
  • TAFEs and other education providers
  • police and emergency services
  • corrections
  • water and land management
  • arts, finance and transport

Resources to support your career in the public sector

We recognise some veterans may face obstacles in their transition to accessing post-service careers.

There are a number of helpful resources to support you in your application for public sector roles:

Visit Careers Victoria

To search for jobs within the public service visit Careers Victoria. You’ll also be able to find further information on how to apply.

When applying for roles with Careers Victoria, we encourage you to self-identify as a veteran to help us track the number of veterans applying and address any barriers in the recruitment process.

You can also register your interest for career updates in the Victorian Public Sector. This will include invites to employment-related events and resources to assist you in your job-seeking journey.

Register your interest

Join the Veteran Mentor Program

The Veteran Mentor Program matches veterans seeking work in the public sector with a veteran mentor who is currently employed in the public sector or in Victorian local government. This program aims to formalise what veterans already do so well across the public service, which is to provide each other will support and guidance for applying, interviewing, and staying in roles across the Victorian public sector.

Veterans can sign up for networking and the Veteran Mentor Program.

Case studies