Fortem Talks – “There was no transition program…it was a jarring experience.”

Our new Transition & Employment Program supports national security and law enforcement personnel looking for new life and career opportunities following service with state and commonwealth emergency and security agencies.  

The end goal is a smooth, supported transition into the next meaningful chapter of life.

Fortem’s team of Transition Engagement Officers (TEOs) in Queensland, New South Wales, Canberra, and Victoria are familiar with the journey transitioning first responders and their families travel.

Each comes with their own story and experience having worked in the law enforcement and first responder sector.

This lived experience inspires a personalised approach to their work based on the unique circumstances of each first responder family.

Our team has travelled the career transition path (or is it a rollercoaster?) and collectively have over 50 years’ experience behind them, with specialist training and skills to support transitioning first responders.

The Transition Team offers:

  • One on one case management
  • Introductions to our Pledge Partners
  • Resume and job application support
  • Interview coaching, networking and personal marketing support
  • Training opportunities that recognise prior learning
  • Post-employment support
  • And more

Anthony Ferro is based in South East Queensland, before taking on the role of a Transition Engagement Officer with Fortem, he spent 20 years as a frontline Queensland Police officer.

“When I left service, there was no transition program, no one to prepare first responders and their families for the changes about to hit them,” Anthony reflects.

“No one to assist them in the planning or identification of new opportunities and definitely no ‘whole of family’ support.

“It was quite frankly a jarring experience.”

There’s much more to this story, click play to watch…

Fortem’s programs and people honour service and recognise the ongoing and unique capabilities of first responder, national security, and law enforcement staff.

Members of this community are effective leaders and team members, are commitment to the task, are results driven and problem solvers, and have transferable skills, qualities, and values across a broad range of interests and specialties.

Fortem Australia is working with some of Australia’s best companies and organisations (Pledge Partners) who are committed to creating job, training and volunteering opportunities for personnel looking to transition to their next career or life opportunity.

Our ongoing wellbeing activities and clinical supports are also a corner stone of the Transition & Employment Program and point to Fortem’s holistic approach to mental fitness.

Initial contact with the Transition & Employment Program can be via your agency or self-referral.

For more information about the program:

Phone: 1300 33 95 94


Web: Transition & Employment Program

Fortem is currently working towards extending the Transition & Employment Program to everyone in the first responder community to incorporate all state-based emergency agencies. Check your eligibility HERE.

The program is supported by $1.9 million in Commonwealth Government funding to establish a pilot program to support the healthy, positive and timely transition of those national security and law enforcement personnel, leaving service.

Fortem activities, events and community engagements are designed to support the mental fitness of our first responder families. Read more about Our Approach.
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