Supportive Employer Program

The Supportive Employer Program recognises the contribution made by organisations and employers who support the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) mission and the role that ADF reservists play in advancing Australia’s national interests.

Organisations and employers can apply to join the program by completing and submitting an application form or by contacting their regional Defence Reserves and Employer Support team (see below for details). Once an application is received, we will meet with you to provide an induction into the program and explain your responsibilities as an employer of reservists and the ongoing support Defence can provide.

As a supportive employer, you will receive a supportive employer toolkit which contains a range of resources including a copy of the Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act, a leave policy template to help you develop a supportive reserve leave policy, information on the Employer Support Payment Scheme and upcoming employer engagement opportunities.

Once you have completed the induction and been admitted into the program you will also receive a certificate that recognises your organisation as being a Supportive Employer of ADF reserves

You’ll be provided with the Supportive Employer logo to display on your organisation’s website and in the workplace to demonstrate your corporate responsibility through your support of the ADF.

In return, this website will display the logo of all Supportive Employer organisations to recognise the support they provide. An organisation does not have to be a current or former employer of ADF reservists to be recognised as a Supportive Employer.

How to apply

Interested organisations and employers can apply to the Supportive Employer Program

For general support regarding regional engagement activities and the Employer Support Awards, please email Please clearly identify, within the Subject box, which state you are contacting. This will ensure your correspondence is directed to the appropriate person.

Last update: Monday, 6 September 2021

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