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There are around 45,000 Australian Reservists ‒ both in service
and on stand-by ‒ making up 45% of the total Defence Force.
Australia's Reservists are all kinds of people from all walks of
They're nurses and doctors, fire fighters and ambulance
officers, IT professionals and public servants, plumbers and
electricians and more ...
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They volunteer for part-time service in the Navy, Army and Air
Force. They can join as new recruits or move from full-time Defence
service to Reservist service.
They're highly motivated people who take on training and service
with enthusiasm and commitment.
Most importantly, Reservists are a fundamental part of
Australia's Defence Force and help safeguard the security of our
Reservists contribute in a number of ways locally, nationally
Here are some examples…
Reservists offer their help in natural disasters, such as
floods, droughts and fires and in emergency rescue operations.
In early 2009, more than 1300 Reservists helped in Operation
Victoria Fires Assist.
And in 2011, they helped people in Queensland and Victoria
recover from the floods.
Employer support meant Reservists could help during these
Reservists played an important role at:
Australia's Defence Force continually seeks the skills and
expertise of Reservists to help maintain its capability.
Because of this, it's important employers, families and the
community offer Reservists their support.
Having the support of employers means Reservists are available
to undertake their duties when called for service.
How you benefit ‒ the knowledge and skills employees learn as
Reservists can be applied in their civilian jobs.
(The Reservist also brings their civilian knowledge and skills
to their Reservist role ‒ it's a win / win.)
Become a Supportive
Employers who support
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