Enterprise for Veterans
Enterprise for Veterans provides transitioning defence personnel, veterans, and family members of defence members with the confidence and skills they need to successfully transition to civilian life as small business leaders and entrepreneurs.
Whether you’re still exploring your next career, or identify as a life-long learner, job seeker, entrepreneur, contractor, freelancer, consultant, social media influencer, or small business owner - we’re here to provide the tools, networks and confidence you need to succeed.
Guided by an Advisory Council chaired by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales, Enterprise for Veterans is designed to support you on your small business journey – the highs, the lows, and everything in between. We offer one day workshops, short boot camps to solidify your skills and confidence, and a 6-month boot camp for those that need the extra support.
“The program has been integral to our success. Formalising our business plan helped us grow our company in the last 18 months from three founding staff members to nearly 30 people today. The Prince’s Trust Australia was great because it gave us that network and heightened level of business expertise that was able to really push up forward.”
“The support, experience and knowledge provided through this program is without question the difference between operating a highly successful business and potentially becoming one of the statistics. This is an opportunity you will not get anywhere else. It’s not just the course learnings – it’s the networks, the personal mentors with decades of business experience, and the support all the way through the program and post-program that really matter.”
“This is an exceptional opportunity for transitioning members who have the passion and ideas of pursuing self-employment. Not only does it provide the tools to start a business but introduces all participants to an extraordinary group of professionals from various industries who are willing to share their experiences.”
"This course and the people who support it provide the most valuable experience available to anyone still serving or transitioning from Defence. I found my time in Melbourne at RMIT inspiring and I am excited by the prospect of life outside the Australian Defence Force.”
"There is nothing else like this opportunity in Australia. You can’t put a dollar value on the support and quality of the resources and facilitators that we had in this program - it’s incredible.”
“I would recommend this course to anyone thinking of starting a small business as a foundation platform to provide clear direction.”
Our Goal for 2019
- Support 30 defence members to transition successfully to civilian life through our accredited 6-month Boot Camp in New Small Business
- Support 300 defence members and their families to ideate their business ideas through our innovative one day workshops
- Support 80 veterans to accelerate their business ideas into business reality through 3-day intensive boot camps
Through pre and post evaluations of each participant following the 2018 residential week:
Now in it’s fourth year, The Enterprise for Veterans* program aims to enhance and enrich the lives of our Defence members as they transition to civilian life.Read More
This year 21 transitioning Defence personnel undertook an intensive week in Melbourne completing course components in marketing, emotional intelligence, finance, taxation, and networking as part of theirRead More
Frequently Asked Questions
We offer three different programs. We are an equal opportunity provider and welcome applications from individuals with physical injuries, mental illness or special needs.
For One Day Workshops: Defence members in transition, veterans who have completed at least one day of permanent military service, and partners or spouses of defence members are welcome to apply on a rolling basis.
For 3-Day Boot Camps: Defence members in transition, veterans who have completed at least one day of permanent military service, and partners or spouses of defence members are welcome to apply on a rolling basis.
For 6-Month Accredited Boot Camps: Defence members in transition, and veterans who have completed at least one day of permanent military service are welcome to apply on a rolling basis. At this stage we do not offer the program for partners or spouses of defence members.
At this stage we do not offer any programs for children and other dependents of defence members, but please get in touch with our team to explore alternative options.
Absolutely! We are strong advocates of life-long learning and understand that your business journey is unique to you. If you would like to discuss your circumstances confidentially, please reach out to a member of our team on email@example.com.
For One Day Workshops: To secure your spot, we request a $17 participation fee. This fee helps us offset our program costs and is reinvested back into the program. If you are unable to pay the participation fee, please email us to confidentially discuss your circumstances on firstname.lastname@example.org.
For 3-Day Boot Camps: Our 3-day boot camps are currently in development.
For 6-Month Accredited Boot Camps: We ask that all participants contribute a $1,000 participation fee to secure their spot on the residential week program. This helps us cover your domestic return flights to/from the program, your week-long accommodation, and offsets some course fees and program costs.
This program qualifies for CTAS funding and you can apply to cover your fee. Please speak to your local representative to discuss further. A number of full and partial scholarships are also available to assist applicants in financial stress.
We endeavour to make the program as accessible as possible. Please email us if you would like to confidentially discuss your financial circumstances on email@example.com.
At this stage, we welcome and encourage partners or spouses to attend the one-day workshops and 3-day boot camps, either for their own business venture or to brush up on their business skills. These courses are great if you’re looking to build confidence to seek further employment, help your partner run a business, or set up a sole-trading or micro business.
Absolutely! We welcome attendees at all stages in their business journey! Our one-day workshops are designed to introduce you to key business skills, so we encourage you to apply if you’d like to explore an idea, interested in entrepreneurship, or looking to build your skills to seek future employment in an existing business.
Whether you identify as an explorer, life-long learner, job seeker, entrepreneur, contractor, freelancer, consultant, social media influencer, or small business owner – our programs are designed to help build your skills and confidence to succeed on your own business journey!
If you’re unsure about which program is right for you, please email our team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in our programs. Unfortunately, they are only on offer for defence members who have notified ADF of their expected transition, for veterans, or for partners of defence personnel. Please talk to a member of the team if you would like to discuss your circumstances on email@example.com.
If selected, you will be enrolled online with RMIT University for 4 to 6 weeks prior to the intensive week-long residential program in Melbourne. During this phase, you’re encouraged to prepare for the residential week program by completing two mini projects, for an estimated 2 to 3 hours per week.
During the residential week, participants will begin the bulk of their mini projects, attend plenary sessions with guest speakers, and complete a series of micro credentials on networking, branding, and pitching through ‘RMIT Creds’. Participants will also attend two dinners with business leaders, alumni, sponsors, scholarship providers, and guest speakers, designed to broaden their professional networks.
of study per week.
Upon the successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a nationally recognised Certificate IV in New Small Business. As part of this certification, you are required to complete ten units of study and submit a fully-developed business plan.
These units of study include:
investigating microbusiness; establishing legal, HR and risk management for small business; small business finances, planning and resources including cashflow forecasting, production controls, and business development; market research and consumer behaviour; and social media.
Participants in the program vary in age, rank, service years, business knowledge and experience. Usually, participants are at an early-stage development of their business
If you have applied for, and been successful in, your application to participate in the 6-month boot camp, you will be matriculated as a part time RMIT student. This grants you full access to all RMIT resources, including an RMIT student card, RMIT online resources, and opportunities with RMIT Activator.
If you are accepted into the 6-month boot camp, you will be assigned a mentor. This mentor will either be drawn from our sponsors, scholarship providers, supporters or RMIT University’s extensive business network.
All participants in our Enterprise for Veterans programs have access to ongoing events, resources and networking opportunities. We’re also working hard behind the scenes on an online centre and physical hubs to help you on your business journey, so stay tuned!
Enterprise for Veterans is supported by an Advisory Council, chaired by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), the Governor of New South Wales and includes:
- Rear Admiral Brett Wolski AM – Head People Capability, Australian Defence Force
- Air Commodore Robert Brown AM – Chairman, A.D.F. Financial Services Consumer Centre
- Maree Sirois – National Convenor, Defence Families Australia
- Craig Fitzgerald – Director Operations, Aspen Medical
- Professor David Forbes PhD – Director, Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
- Major General Gerard Fogarty AO (Ret'd) – Chief Executive, Defence Health
- Stephen Koss – Partner, Advisory, EY
- Sean Farrell – Chief Executive, Bravery Trust
- Gary Hogan AM, CSC – Policy Officer (Defence), Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
- Robert Joske OAM – Founder and Managing Director, Joske Management
If you know of someone who you think would benefit from this program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or encourage them to apply online! You can also reach us via phone on (03) 8672 9130.