New $5K scholarship supporting veterans into new careers

The WA State Government has joined forces with Western Australia’s defence industry to support veterans wanting to continue their defence industry careers in non-service roles. Eligible veterans will be able to apply for at least 80 scholarships of up to $5,000 each through the Defence Industry Veterans Employment Scheme Scholarship Program (DIVES), which is funded by the State Government and supported by industry.

Speaking about the program, Premier Mark McGowan said “Every year, around 300 Australian Defence Force members transition to civilian life and settle in WA. The transition from service life to civilian employment can be difficult without structured pathways. In many cases, veterans need to undertake additional study or training to gain access to other career pathways in the defence industry. Our partnership with industry in this scholarship program will enable us to support defence veterans who have sacrificed so much for our community to enter engineering trades and upskill into non-trade defence industry careers.” .

The scholarship program is part of a broader $18.34 million package designed to build WA’s defence manufacturing workforce, and ensure our state is well positioned to take on opportunities across all the defence domains. This package also includes financial incentives for employers; new maritime defence industry TAFE courses; and facilities upgrades at South Metropolitan TAFE (SM TAFE).

The DIVES program will help veterans to cover eligible vocational education and training (VET) and university study costs that are relevant to defence industry careers; including tuition and other compulsory fees, textbooks and equipment. Eligible veterans will also be able to access career planning support from the program to identify training or further study leading to defence career pathways.

The program is being managed by the dedicated Defence Industry Team located at SM TAFE’s Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre. 

More information and how to apply for DIVES can be found at

“The sacrifice and commitment of veterans must be recognised beyond end of service, and this program provides strong support for their transition back to civilian life. Veterans have valuable skills and experience that can be effectively used by the defence industry and makes them highly desirable defence industry employees." said Defence Industry and Veterans Issues Minister Paul Papalia. "As a workforce cohort; veterans are disciplined, have a strong work ethic, and experience using the products created by the defence industry. WA is committed to supporting veteran pathways into civilian employment to ensure that veterans find a new sense of purpose and identity.”

Page last updated October 07, 2022