Support Pledged for Reservists - Mar 2017

Bathurst Businesses Pledge Support

A record number of businesses have pledged their support of ADF Reservist employees at a recent Bathurst Business Chamber meeting hosted by the local unit 1st/19th RNSWR at Racecourse Barracks, NSW.

Chamber President Stacey Whittaker said more than 70 local business representatives attended the meeting to hear about the benefits of supporting ADF Reservist employees.

"Defence Force personnel spoke about the important role Reservists play in the military and what an asset they are to employers," Ms Whittaker said.

"Reservists bring a range of skills such as leadership, sound decision making and teamwork to a civilian work environment."

The 15 Bathurst businesses who signed up on the night joined a prestigious group of businesses across Australia who have confirmed their support of Reservists.

An initiative of the Defence's Reserve and Youth Division, the Supportive Employer program asks employers to publicly pledge their support for Reservists.

During the evening the supportive Bathurst employees took the following pledge:

"All Australians share responsibility for our national security, including a capable and resilient Australian Defence Force with permanent and reserve components.

Accordingly, we pledge support to our employees/students who serve our Nation as Australian Defence Force Reservists, and we acknowledge the skills and other attributes which they bring to the workplace."

As a supportive employer Ms Whittaker recently experienced first-hand life as an ADF Reservist when she travelled to Malaysia as part of Exercise Boss Lift. She shared her recent military experience with Bathurst Business Chamber members.

"I spoke to Chamber members on my recent trip to Malaysia. As a civilian, it gave me a wonderful opportunity to see first-hand how Reservists work together and individually," she said.

"Boss Lift gave me a great insight regarding the skills, patience and stamina required to undertake certain tasks as an employee of ADF, and I can see why the employers have an ADF reservist working in their team as they are major assets to any organisation."

Head Reserve and Youth Division Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer paid tribute to the Bathurst employers who recently signed up to support ADF Reservists.

"We have more than 20,000 Australian Defence Force Reservists who make a vital contribution to the defence of Australia," he said.

"Recognising the contribution their civilian employers make, in releasing employees for training and operational service, is crucial in the Reserve's ability to deliver relevant capability to Defence."

Businesses don't have to employ a Reservist to become a Supportive Employer. If they do sign up and employ a Reservist, there are many benefits including:

  • A great employee who brings their Reservist skills to your workplace.
  • A free listing as a Supportive Employer online and in our publications for everyone to see.
  • If eligible, financial support when a Reservist you employ is called for service.
  • Opportunities for first-hand experiences of Reservist training in an Australian Defence Force environment.
  • Ongoing support from Defence Reserves Support State and Territory offices

L-R MAJ Scott Ferguson, WGCDR Michael Stuart-Watt, Stacey Whittaker and WO2  Barry Parsons at the Bathurst Business Chamber meeting hosted by the local unit 1st/19th RNSWR at  Racecourse Barracks, NSW.
L-R MAJ Scott Ferguson, WGCDR Michael Stuart-Watt, Stacey Whittaker and WO2 Barry Parsons at the Bathurst Business Chamber meeting hosted by the local unit 1st/19th RNSWR at Racecourse Barracks, NSW.

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