A growing number of Australian organisations understand that employing veterans and service families makes good business sense. Open Arms has a range of employee services that can complement your existing people services.

Employing veterans

Australian Defence Force (ADF) members receive world class training. When a serving member leaves the ADF, they take with them a range of qualifications and skills that make them valuable to the civilian workforce.

Organisations gain many advantages and benefits from hiring veterans who bring new insights, expertise and innovative thinking to their business.

Similarly, families face change and separation throughout a service career due to postings, training exercises and deployments. As a result, parents and children raised in a service family, learn to be adaptable and resilient.

Using Open Arms services

In addition to your organisation's Employee Assistance Program, former ADF personnel who have served at least one day of continuous full-time service, and their families, can access counselling and support services through Open Arms. Open Arms is a national, free and confidential service that specialises in helping veterans and their families.

As Australia’s leading provider of mental health services to Australia’s military community, we understand the common issues facing serving and non-serving members and their families, and have an experienced team of clinicians and support officers available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

Who we help

Designed by veterans for veterans, Open Arms works with a range of partners to ensure clients have access to the services they need, when they need them.

Our counselling services are available to:

And, where there has been a death of a service person—parents and siblings can also access counselling support.

What we offer

Our services include:

Open Arms counsellors help clients work through issues including:

We also offer a range of digital self-help resources, designed specifically with the military experience in mind. These resources include treatment tools, case studies and mobile applications.

Contact us

Call Open Arms on 1800 011 046 to find out more about our services.

See also

  • tri service

    Our story

    Open Arms – Veterans and Veterans Family Counselling (formerly VVCS) was founded by Australia's Vietnam veterans after a difficult chapter in Australia's history.
  • work with us

    Open Arms counselling

    Open Arms counsellors and staff have an understanding of veteran and military culture that assists them to deliver specialised support and care to members of this community.
  • Treatment programs and workshops

    Open Arms offers group treatment programs and educational workshops, relationship retreats, and suicide prevention workshops.