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vocational rehabilitation

9.8.2 Additional considerations where tertiary education has been approved by the ADF

This section provides information relevant only to those who have had tertiary education assistance approved for funding by the ADF, and where the course of study has continued after separating from the ADF. The intent of this information is to outline additional considerations for this specific cohort of veterans, further to those outlined in section 9.8.1 of this library.

9.8.1 Tertiary education


The intent behind supporting tertiary education is that a client will be provided with appropriate assistance to help them to achieve suitable and sustainable employment within their local labour market. To achieve this, it may be appropriate and necessary for DVA to support a client to undertake tertiary education. DVA has a responsibility to consider the cost-effectiveness of the wide range of educational options that are available to individual clients.

9.8.8 Vocational Rehabilitation Case Studies

Case study 1

A Leading Aircraftman Supplier with six year service in the Supplier mustering has transferrable skills in stores work. The former member's ability to utilise those skills is limited by a chronic knee injury suffered while playing inter-service rugby. The former member then undertook a Certificate IV in Warehousing and Logistics. With some recognition of prior learning this course took six months to complete. At the end of the course the former member obtained employment as the Assistant Manager of a warehouse for a major food retailer.

6.4 Relationship between psychosocial and vocational rehabilitation

Psychosocial rehabilitation activities need to be flexible, customisable and responsive because recovery is too complex to be predictable from one client to the next.

A focus on return to work activities too soon in the rehabilitation process can be counterproductive, and can often extend the length of a rehabilitation program. Each person’s circumstances must be taken into account, when considering the rehabilitation activities to be undertaken.

9.9.2 How to arrange a Work Trial

Arranging the work trial

The rehabilitation service provider is responsible for arranging and monitoring a work trial for the client.  This includes ensuring that the work trial is appropriate given the client's medical restrictions and the type of work that they will be undertaking, and negotiating the terms of the work trial, including liaison with the relevant union if necessary.