Veterans Digital Capability and Skilling Program

The Veterans Digital Capability and Skilling Program is aimed at supporting veterans, transitioning ADF members and their immediate families to pursue a digital or IT career.

Defence members bring valuable experience from their ADF careers and offer many sought after transferrable skills.

There is strong demand for people with digital skills and Queensland is expected to need an additional 10,000 digital professionals by 2024. So there’s never been a better time to start a digital career.

Training and benefits

The program provides a supported training pathway to a digital career, which is secure, well paid and flexible.

The program supports interested applicants to study digital and IT courses to progress to a digital training pathway in line with their interest and skills.

Training and career guidance will be provided in conjunction with TAFE Queensland and James Cook University. The Oasis Townsville is supporting the program as a partner.

Free training previously available

  • TAFE Digital Fundamentals – for anyone starting out and wanting to check if a digital career is right for them.
  • TAFE Digital Fundamentals Plus – 2 subjects towards a Certificate III in IT, 1 night a week for 8 weeks.

The 2022 training schedule recently concluded, with over 80 digital skills training sessions undertaken by Veterans including transitioning ADF. Eight students have started a Certificate 3 in IT (Digital Fundamentals Plus).

Applications open in 2023

The program will reopen in early 2023 and will be extended to offer training to veterans based in Townsville, Cairns, and Brisbane.

Register now

For enquiries or to register your interest in one of our short Digital Fundamentals courses, complete the registration form.

Other useful links and training


The Queensland Government has partnered with TAFE Queensland to deliver the Defence to Civilian Success Training Program which will provide free TAFE and apprenticeships for up to 300 veterans transitioning to civilian employment.

The funding can be combined with other TAFE Queensland programs where veterans can complete digital and ICT courses from Certificate III to Diploma level. Interested veterans should email the TAFE Queensland Defence team at for further information.

Veterans only

Microsoft are offering the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) program free for veterans. The program includes 17 weeks intensive training and all associated costs for credentials. MSSA participants elect to specialise in either Cloud Application Development (CAD) or Server & Cloud Administration (SCA). For more information, visit Transition to tech with MSSA, email, or

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