Take a ‘PEEP’


The Defence Community Organisation provides funding for employment and education expenses to assist recognised partners of ADF members to better position themselves for employment when posted with their partner.

The Partner Employment and Education Program, or PEEP, offers various initiatives to eligible partners.

Approved partners are provided with an education and employment allowance of $12 000 to use within 10 years. You can use up to $6000 of this allowance per posting, and apply it towards a range of education and employment expenses, including:

• education or training courses, up to and including first time undergraduate degrees,
• professional employment assistance, such as career advice and help with job applications,
• personalised resume preparation, and
• renewing professional registration in a new location.

If you have any queries about PEEP, contact the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 or DefenceFamilyHelpline@defence.gov.au.


Applications are considered throughout the FY until funding allowance has been exhausted.

Interested partners need to read the guidelines and eligibility criteria and then fill in the application form. Ap will need to demonstrate the relevance of the proposed study to your chosen field of employment.

Self-interest or hobby courses will not be funded under PEEP.

Applicants should anticipate that it will take a minimum of 28 days from receipt of the application form and any necessary evidence as attachments to the application form) for an assesment to be made.

Applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.

All assistance provided under PEEP will attract Fringe Benefits Tax for the ADF member, not the partner. The DCO strongly advise applicants to seek financial advice about how this will affect your tax and benefits before committing to the program.


There are several free employment resources available online.

JobSearch is Australia’s largest free jobs website.  It is a free service to help job seekers gain employment. Visit www.jobsearch.gov.au.

The Australian Public Service Commission’s Cracking the code – How to apply for jobs in the Australian Public Service is an online resource with advice on answering selection criteria and handling an interview. Visit www.apsc.gov.au.


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