Employer Support Awards- National May 2017

Employers go 'Above and Beyond' to Support Reservists

Supportive employers from across Australia were formally recognised at the Defence Reserves Support Council National Employer Support Awards held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra last month.

Held annually, the aim of the Awards night is recognise employers who 'go above and beyond' to support their Australian Defence Force Reservist employees.

Winners of the Award categories were:

  • Small Business: Hackham Medical Centre (South Australia)
  • Medium Business: Executive Risk Solutions (Western Australia)
  • Large Business: Commonwealth Bank (NSW)
  • Public Sector: City of Ballarat (VIC)
  • Not-For-Profit: Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Territory Education (Northern Territory)

Minister for Defence Personnel, The Hon. Dan Tehan outlined the importance of the Awards during his keynote address.

"This event highlights two things: first, the significant contribution of our Reserve personnel to ADF capability; and second, the critical support provided to our Reservists by their civilian employers," Mr Tehan said.

"Reservists contribute to the capability of the ADF in many ways - locally, nationally and overseas.

"The men and women of our Defence Reserves are currently serving on operations in the Middle East and other trouble spots, and have served in recent major ADF operations in the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.

"For employers, accommodating Reservist employees is not always easy - sometimes, considerable effort and sacrifice is required to release Reservists for training and deployment commitments.

"To the employers of Reservists here tonight, I thank you. You are also serving our nation, albeit not in uniform, by enabling your Reservist staff members to serve."

National Awards Host and Defence Reserves Support Council National Chair Ms Jane McAloon highlighted the raft of skills that Reservists brought to a civilian work environment.

"The employers and Reservists we acknowledge tonight understand what it truly means to have a shared workforce," Ms McAloon said.

"Both active and stand-by Reservists bring essential and different skills and experience from civilian employment that build and expand the capability of the ADF.

"And in return these same Reservists bring to their civilian employment military discipline, problem solving skills, teamwork, leadership and, importantly, a sense of national contribution and identity."

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Employing a Reservist makes good business sense. As well as the personal attributes Reservists bring to a workplace, there is a range of incentives on offer for support to employers. For more information about the Employer Support Awards and the support provided to Reservists and their employers.

Images can be found at: https://images.defence.gov.au/S20171130

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