After years of service in the ADF, transitioning from full-time military to civilian life can present unique challenges for even the most accomplished veteran. Many Open Arms counsellors have a military background, and have also been trained to work with veterans, so they can help you make a successful transition into civilian life.

Common challenges

Some challenges faced when transitioning to civilian life include:

  • Finding a new job outside defence

  • Integrating into a new community
  • Navigating a different medical system
  • Finding appropriate housing
  • Enrolling kids in a new school
  • Establishing a different family dynamic.

Stepping Out

Stepping Out is Open Arms' most popular program for personnel transitioning back into civilian life.

Stepping Out will give you information and skills to manage your transition to civilian life. You will learn about:

  • The experience of change as part of life
  • The transition from the ADF to civilian life
  • Skills for planning ahead
  • Skills for staying motivated and adaptable
  • Expectations, attitudes and troubleshooting
  • Maintaining relationships and seeking support.

The transition never really stops. Whether it’s three months, one year or five years after leaving the forces, we can help.

To learn more about managing the transition to civilian life, including information about the Stepping Out program, call 1800 011 046.

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New opportunities and unique challenges will present themselves. Whether it's three months or three years since you left the ADF, it pays to know what help is available.

A two day workshop for ADF members and their partners who are about to, or have recently separated from the military.

The trial aims to re-calibrate an individual’s attention and threat detection system after leaving the ADF