Employer Support Awards - NSW Mar 2017

Awards Recognise Supportive Employers

MORE than 130 supportive employers and their Reservist employees from the Greater Sydney Region converged on the National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour, Sydney last week for the Defence Reserves Support Council NSW Employer Support Awards.

Held annually, the aim of the Awards night is recognise employers from the Greater Sydney Region who "go above and beyond" to support Australian Defence Force Reservist employees.

Winners of the Award categories were:

  • Small Business: AUSTSWIM aquatics educators
  • Medium Business: Atanaskovic Hartnell Lawyers
  • Large Business: Commonwealth Bank
  • Not for Profit: The University of New South Wales
  • Public Sector: Joint Winners - NSW Ambulance and NSW Police Force - Homicide Squad

Head of Reserve and Youth Division, Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer congratulated the Award winners and thanked all employers throughout the Greater Sydney Region who support their Defence Reservist employees.

"The Employer Support Awards acknowledge the contributions made by employers of Reservists,"RADM Kafer said.

"Every day, employers throughout the nation support Defence Force Reservists through a range of flexible working arrangements and policies. The support provided is not only valued by the Reservist, but more broadly the entire Australian Defence Force."

RADM Kafer said there was no doubt Australian business and industry stood to gain a lot from employing and supporting Defence Reservists.

"Reservists acquire a wide range of skills, qualities and experience through their Defence training. These are qualities they take back to the workplace," he said.

"Anyone who employs a Defence Reservist has a valuable member on their team, an employee whose training and service ethic drives performance and effectiveness in the workplace."

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.

ESA Group photo Mar 2017

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