Register Now to be part of the Australian Army Contingent Workforce

WYWM is helping reconnect skilled veteran talent back to Army based on current skills, not just previous ECN. 

What is the Army Contingent Workforce?

The Deputy Chief of Army Establishment Trial is operating to help Army become more agile and better utilise and recognise the valuable skills of Veterans and Reservists.

The Australian Army has teamed up with WithYouWithMe to help reconnect individuals who have gained new skills since they transitioned. We’re also hoping to connect with transitioned veterans who still want to contribute but aren’t fully across the different serving options available.

Army understands the huge potential of the untapped talent and skillsets of Veterans and the Contingent Workforce. There has never been a better time to reconnect with Army.

Army is seeking individuals who still want to contribute, possess valuable industry skills and are available for casual, part-time or even full-time employment opportunities.

We know you will have a bucket load of questions about Army Reserves, SERCAT levels, Medical Transition and if you need to do push-ups again. Chuck your name down to be notified of employment opportunities and let’s tackle those questions together at an individual level.

Use your new Skills

Use to be an infantry soldier but now you're a software developer? an electrician or Arborist? Register and tell us what skills you think Army could use.

Fast-track the process

Local Units have the ability to engage you directly for employment opportunities now. You don't have to move, travel or post.

Continue to Serve Flexibly

Use your current in-demand ECN but more flexibly. The Army still needs you but understands you have needs as well. Let's find a suitable employment arrangement.

Join your mates today!

We are looking for individuals who have transitioned from full-time service and are currently a SERCAT 2 or 3 level member.

Candidates who are fully transitioned (greater than 5 years since transition) will still be considered for certain in-demand roles and should also apply below.
 
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Sign up for Contingent Workforce Opportunities.

Sign up today to register interest in the program.

Find out more about jobs as they become available and see how you can use your new skills to give back to your community through serving again. 

Check out a few of the jobs available

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RPA Developer

Canberra

Have you transitioned and upskilled in Automation through the WYWM Program? Use those skills to help automate some of Army’s processes which used to annoy you.

Multi-Media /AV Technician

Brisbane

After transitioning have you picked up some cool design skills in multi-media, product design, web-design, video management or other areas of design?

Put your skills to use and help Army show off.

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Clerks

Various Locations

Clerks are in demand but for new reasons. Learn data analytics to digitise Army. Jump back in and use your Clerk skills from when you were serving, and show them a few of the tips and tricks you’ve learnt on civvie street.

Aviation Mechanic

Brisbane

A number of the jobs on the program are also taking advantage of the skills you built in the military.

Aviation Mechanics in Brisbane looking for a little extra work can get back into the workshops.

Tom Larter 🍃 Project Lead

Tom is WithYouWithMe’s Head of Customer Success and is managing WYWM contribution to the Contingent Workforce Program. 

“I constantly find veterans who still want to support the military and don’t realise these types of casual and part time roles are available. They think they need to parade every Tuesday night and thats not always the case. This is a great way to support your transition or stay connected to Army once you’ve found a new career.” Tom.  

Book a Career Call with Tom

Frequently Asked Questions About the this Project from a recent webinar:

The question about security clearances will play that case by case, depending on what you currently have based on your skill set based on Army need, and then if Army wants to offer you contingent work because they want your skill set, then there's probably a conversation that happen around security clearances and how they can support with that. It certainly won't be a blanket that everybody on the program is going to get said anything, and that kind of talk to the question about work locations. 

 

So regardless of where you are, you should be opting in and demonstrating your skills and your passion about being part of the program. And then, hopefully that will inform in line with Paul's comments about remote work and help plug in what things were available to you. So it's not restricted at all.

Yes, they can. There are existing mechanisms for this. Is that clunky? Yes. Do we need more examples in order to fine tune that value stream? Absolutely.

Pay is an interesting one where Army doesn't have a great degree of freedom to manoeuvre, but what we do need to do is inform the next iteration that goes to the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal. If we think we have a pay impediment to exploring or scaling something like this, and there's some examples, where may have left an Infantry Lance Corporal, you've been in the industry for seven or eight years, and the value proposition of coming back to do this sort of work at an experienced level or mid to senior level, doesn't necessarily correlate well with your current ECN. There are some mechanisms, but really other than broadly saying that there are some mechanisms to look at additional compensation. It really depends on a case by case and what the value proposition is, but working our way through those over 12 to 18 month time period through some good examples could make the difference in the medium to longer term because we can influence through the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal and actually change policy in the pay structure of critical or skill sets of national critical interest.

And so remember I spoke about we're also working with industry, so some of you may be working inside companies that are also supporting the program from an organisational level, and there's a separate conversation the Army's having with those organisations about how they keep your remuneration going. If you're called upon to work with Army and you can't do your day job similar to a normal reserve capacity. So it works both ways. 

 

My advice to you to keep it really simple is opt into this, and then when we get the details from you about your current circumstance, you might be more appropriate for one of the other existing funnels, and Army can look at putting you into that funnel. It is probably the easiest way to think about.

We spoke about this earlier today. So I guess yes and no, but it depends on what you would like to do. If you would like to look at changing ECNs to one of the new cyber orientated ECNs, then that is a choice that the individual can make.

We're also looking at opportunities where perhaps you retain your existing ECNs because you have skills that are required and can be applied and that doesn't necessarily mean you have to transfer ECNs.

These days, when I think about that is just case by case. Look, individuals are going in different circumstances to how they transition and how they are allowed within policy to come back and work to Army. So it's worth being curious about it and asking the question but there's no real guarantees. Yeah, and same for the AIRN or the readiness aspect of this. It may be less about the physical aspects if there is not a deployable consideration, but rather a domestic consideration, perhaps its development of policy or something like that that requires you, to engage the brain as opposed to carry a rifle and do the pack marching side of things.

There's no restrictions. We have an interesting point about conflict of interest, which nobody's asked about if there is a conflict. It's just following the process of declaring what you think the conflict is as you go through the process of being activated if you like, or being part of the program in Army so that it's transparent and on the table, but there's nothing stopping you from being part of some of those other programs that you've named.

How you have to align back to readiness, and Paul spoke about that. At the individual level, if you get activated for a job, it's going to be under a particular employment category, and depending on that employment category, you will need to align with the requirements of that category. And there will be greatly but there will be some level of conformity.

There is a well defined process for declaring a conflict of interest where army may have previously avoided any conflicts of interests on a few occasions. More recently, we have effectively landed into the conflict and embraced it because it's in the open, and the workforce and the co-workers are aware of the conflict of interest, and it is managed as you would manage any other employees in the workforce. You get the most out of your people by engaging with them and that person's working in an environment of understanding that they're conflict of interest is known.

 

There is some emerging work in Service Option Delta, which effectively fully embraces the conflict of interest. And to give you a non cyber example, this is the naval architect who works for both one of the Primes and Navy doing the same role function, and that is just embraced because the value proposition from Army and the Prime neither one could win the individual over, but their powers combined and the right value, the right circumstances are created to for everyone to be happy with that arrangement.

It's really not just for Army, but there's an opportunity now for us to showcase you as trained talent for Army, and there's a big need in Army. But I'm sure I'm right in saying the other services are too far behind on. That was one of the key reasons why we selected the Joint Cyber Unit to be a part of this is how do we do that? How do we help the other services? How do we reframe their thinking? How do we unlock the potential? If they have vacancies on their establishment and we have additional Army people, then there's no reason why we can't put an Army person into a Navy billet, and it’s equally there's no reason why an Airforce person couldn't come across and fill one of our Army vacancies if they've got the skills and experience that we're looking for as well.