The P.L.Y.O.B. combines online learning tools and assessments with a week-long intensive residential program in Melbourne, augmented by business experts, guest speakers, program alumni, and mentors, to provide Defence personnel with the skills they need to successfully transition to civilian life.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is actively engaged in the P.L.Y.O.B. program. Several program participants have corresponded with His Royal Highness and many were able to meet him during His Australian tour in November 2015.
Applications for the 2018 program must be submitted by Friday, 2 March 2018. Successful applicants will be notified in April and registered with RMIT University for eight weeks of online learning. The 2018 residential week will be held in Melbourne from Saturday, 2 June to Friday, 8 June 2018. This year, 10 British Armed Forces personnel will join their Australian counterparts for the program’s residential week.
Each participant’s flights, accommodation and program costs are generously covered by our sponsors. A number of full scholarships are also available to assist applicants that can not secure CTAS, Department of Veterans’ Affairs or Department of Defence funding for their $1,000 participation fee.
The P.L.Y.O.B. program 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:
→ Rear Admiral Brett Wolski AM – Head People Capability, Australian Defence Force
→ Air Commodore Robert Brown AM – Chairman, A.D.F. Financial Services Consumer Centre
→ Peter Evans – Chairman, Defence in Business
→ Maree Sirois – National Convenor, Defence Families Australia
→ Craig Fitzgerald – Director Operations, Aspen Medical
→ Professor David Forbes Ph.D – Director, Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
→ Major General Gerard Fogarty AO (Ret’d) – Chief Executive, Defence Health
→ Stephen Koss – Partner, Advisory, E.Y.
→ Sean Farrell – Chief Executive, Bravery Trust
→ Robert Joske OAM – Founder and Managing Director, Joske Management
→ Gary Hogan AM, CSC – Policy Officer (Defence), Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
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.
Rob Underdown | 2015 Alumnus
If you are interested in applying for the 2018 program, download the application form and return to us no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, 2 March. Applicants seeking financial support from our scholarship providers should fill in the final page of the application form. Participants can also apply for funding through CTAS, DVA or the Department of Defence.
If you know of someone who you think would benefit from this program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach us via phone on (03) 8672 9132 or visit RMIT University’s sister site at www.princeslyob.com.au