21 July 2023




The Australian Government has officially launched ADF Careers, marking a new era for Australian Defence Force (ADF) recruitment.

This week’s launch follows the commencement of Defence’s new recruiting capability partner, Adecco Australia and is a key milestone in Defence’s journey toward a modernised ADF recruiting system that supports candidates through a quicker recruiting process and delivers an expanded, ready and enabled ADF.

Member for Blair Shayne Neumann welcomed the new approach, saying investing in the growth and retention of a highly skilled Defence workforce was a priority in the recent Defence Strategic Review, which sets the agenda for ambitious but necessary reform to Defence’s posture and structure.

“The Defence Strategic Review recommends changes to policy, process, risk appetite and our approach to recruitment to be able to meet our workforce goals,” he said.

“We need an innovative and bold recruitment model that increases the speed of recruitment from application to enlistment to inspire the defence workforce of the future and grow our defence force.

“When I was the Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel in the last term of Parliament, I called on the former LNP government and Defence to improve our defence recruitment policies and processes.

“We needed to do more to recruit, train and retain more highly skilled service men and women to meet our future national security challenges.

“So I’m pleased that the Albanese Labor Government is now doing the work to make sure the ADF can meet its workforce targets, as well as address skill shortages and gender imbalances in our defence forces.

“Our people are our most important defence capability, and we want more Australians to have the chance to experience a rich and rewarding career in the ADF.

“An ADF career is one that provides fulfilling and well-paid work, job security, amazing benefits including health and housing support, and world-class training and education opportunities.

“We want to connect with Australians who are interested in a career with the ADF, no matter where they live, and reduce the time it takes to enlist those who choose this rewarding path.”

Four newly-located and technologically enhanced ADF Careers Centres are now open in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

These centres are complemented by an ADF Careers mobile recruiting centre – a purpose-built vehicle – which has commenced a touring schedule of rural and regional Australia this week.

“The ADF Careers mobile recruiting centre will expand the geographic reach of Defence’s recruiting efforts, taking the opportunities direct to prospective candidates across the nation and making it much easier for them to connect with us,” Mr Neumann said.

Mr Neumann said it was critical that our armed forces have the personnel they need to keep Australia safe and defend our national interests.

“Our new ADF recruitment system will complement recent retention initiatives, like the $50,000 continuation bonus, improvements to the Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme, and a defence and veteran family support strategy.”