Career Transition and Mentoring Program




Gaining meaningful work is the most important of the 10 Needs addressed by The Oasis Townsville. It is important for many reasons.

Our Service


Our Employment Program:

  • supports veterans and their partners gain meaningful work as:

    • an employee,

    • a business owner, and

    • a volunteer,

  • supports employers to better understand the benefits of employing a veteran, and

  • collaborates and partners with any agency or organisation that wants to help us get veterans working. These include:

    • veteran community-owned or managed businesses,

    • good recruitment agencies,​

    • the best education and skilling organisations (TAFEs, universities and other RTOs)

    • business chambers (especially Veteran Community Business Chamber)

    • volunteering organisations (eg, VNQ)

Our service is free, provided by experts in the field of job placement and has an excellent track record. In the spirit of not doing what others can do better for our community, we utilise the efforts of other agencies where their interests in veteran employment and ours align and their service is complimentary.  


I initially contacted Oasis in February of 2020 to engage them about prospective employment opportunities within Townsville. Very quickly, Paul referred me to Kellie from Redrock Recruiting for potential employment opportunities that were available to me. Although in the end, I secured employment through another avenue, Kellie continually communicated with me, and even gave me personal advice when deciding which employment opportunity to choose as I was given two options. Leaving the military is a big decision, full of unknowns, but knowing that I had not only a recruiting agency behind me, but the full support of the Oasis team in not only job hunting, but also in advocacy services for compensation and general support was definitely a weight off my shoulders.

​I found it very easy to apply online, I was then emailed by Paul who helped me get in contact with Michelle to chat with myself about fixing my resume. This was very helpful as there were many things I was unaware of adding to my resume. 

One of my friends who was also transitioning out of Defence recommended that I get in touch with The Oasis and tell them about my situation. Within a couple of weeks, I had met with one of the advisers (Michelle), who helped me set up a meeting with the Director of The Oasis, David Kippin. He was very friendly and invited me for a tour of Dalle Cort Financial Services to get an insight into the day to day operations. The very day of my separation, The Oasis had me lined up with a job interview. Of which I found out a few weeks later, I was successful.

I was helped through the whole process feeling like I wasn’t alone and able to voice my concerns about sitting a job interview for the first time since joining defence. I was helped prepare for the interview and given ideas as to what questions I may have been asked. I found this very helpful! 

Being an intermediary for employers to Defence members was definitely the best aspect in my opinion. I understand it can be easy to become disheartened when job searching. After leaving a workplace where you are constantly surrounded on a day-to-day basis by people who you work with, play sports with, eat with, socialise with, it is quite a jarring to suddenly have all that disappear. The Oasis, it gave me some peace of mind knowing there is a team helping us along the way to find new employment.

My experience in dealing with The Oasis Townsville Employment Service was awesome, breath of fresh air, the opportunity to talk to somebody who understood your skill set, knowledge and experience.  The feedback on CVs especially.

The best aspect of how The Oasis helped me get a job was the speed of it all, from the positivity of the initial phone call, familiarity of speaking to another Ex-Serviceman who knew exactly what role would suit you.   


My advice is don’t be shy, Service Leavers are their own worst enemy, not wanting to ask for help, so reach out to your network, connect with The Oasis and embrace the process.   

My experience was very worthwhile, The Oasis in particular Paul, was very helpful in helping me gain employment. The best aspect was the communication from Paul, whenever he had an idea to run past me or to just check’s great.

My advice to others is ...I wish I had known about The Oasis them as soon as you discharge.

My experience with The Oasis Townsville Employment Service has truly been a most welcome, and pleasant surprise. The team at The Oasis have been extraordinarily supportive of my desire to once again participate in our workforce. 


The Oasis Townsville Employment Services have faithfully promoted my cause, most considerately provided me with valuable resume drafting advice, and have also delivered regular timely notice of employment opportunities that matched my work experiences, and current competencies. But the best aspect of their support, and guidance, was their keeping me in mind for the employment opportunity that I have now taken up as a casual, but full time, Trades Assistant with Australian Expedition Vehicles here in Townsville.


I can highly recommend The Oasis Townsville Employment Services' to any ex-defence service person who would like some extra clout in their corner for promoting their desire to gain their next rewarding position of service in the Australian workforce.  

Employment Program began in Sep 2019

Correct as at 2 Oct 2020

Placements:  24

Active Now:  2

Total Candidates through Program: 83