The Veterans’ Vocational Rehabilitation Scheme

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

  • The Veterans’ Vocational Rehabilitation Scheme (VVRS) helps eligible veterans, with or without a disability, who need special assistance to obtain or hold suitable paid employment. The scheme is free to eligible veterans. The scheme can also assist those veterans who currently receive a T&PI pension, an Intermediate Rate of pension (able to work part time or half time), or an Invalidity Service Pension, and want to return to paid work or increase their hours of paid employment, without losing their pension entitlements.
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  • Military Compensation & Rehabilitation Service (MCRS) can help rehabilitate you to find suitable work if you are injured or develop an illness that can be linked to your service in the Australian Defence Force.
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  • Conservation Volunteers Australia operate the Green Reserve program. If you are between 35 and 65 and receive the Newstart Allowance you can work for two-days-a-week for 26 weeks on conservation projects in rural and urban areas throughout Australia. A fortnightly supplement is paid.
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COTA offers free one-day workshops to help mature age workers look for work.
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jobWise is a federal government website for mature age people looking for work. There are links to information about jobs all over Australia, plus information about training and career choices.
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