Employer Support Awards: QLD Mar 2018

Wujal Wujal Community Recognised For Support To Defence Reservists And The Community

The Wujal Wujal Indigenous Community of Far North Queensland has been recognised for its support of Defence Reservists after receiving the Not for Profit award at the annual Queensland Defence Reserves Employer Support Awards event in Brisbane earlier this month.

The event, hosted by the Queensland Defence Reserves Support Council (DRSC), recognised employers who have been supportive of their Australian Defence Force Reservist employees.

Mayor Desmond Tayley, of the Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, accepted the award noting that it was an amazing achievement for a small remote community of just over 680 residents.

“The Wujal Wujal Community supports members being absent from the community and proactively encourages new members to join the Reserves. This initiative is conducted with other capacity partners including My Pathways, Kapari Warriors Program and Alpha Company 51 FNQ Regiment,” said Mayor Tayley.

The Defence Reserves Support Council Queensland Chair, Ms Jennifer Robertson, said the support of the Wujal Wujal Community has enabled a number of men and women to successfully join the Army Reserves and complete their initial training.

Head Reserve and Youth Division, Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer AM, CSC, RANR, said he was delighted to see such as strong and supportive list of employers recognised.

“Employers who support ADF Reservists  successfully manage a highly-skilled and disciplined workforce for the benefit of their employees, the company and the Australian community.

“I am delighted that we have been able to acknowledge the Wujal  Wujal Community. Their support has ranged from hosting unit visits, to providing the facilities and resources required to progress members through the recruiting process,” said Rear Admiral Kafer.

The Queensland Police Service was also recognised for its unwavering support to Defence Reservists. Nominated by several Reservists across the state,  and  one of the biggest employers of Reservists in Queensland, it received the Public sector award.

The Queensland Police Service has supportive Reserve policies, including paid Reserve leave, and has a strong working relationship with Defence.

The night provided an opportunity for employers to network and discuss their positive experiences of having Reservists amongst their staff. It was also a chance for employers to learn more about the programs  that Defence Reserves Support has to offer. They also gained a better understanding of the many roles that Reservists undertake  in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and how those skills are transferable to the civilian workplace.

LIST OF WINNERS

  • Small Business: Greg Beh Constructions Pty Ltd
  • Medium Business: Financial Advice Matters
  • Large Business: GHD Mackay
  • Public Sector: Queensland Police Service
  • Not-For-Profit:  Wujal Wujal Community

Award recipients and their Reserve staff along with Defence Reserves Support Council staff, display their awards at the 2018 Defence Reserves Support Council Queensland State Employer Awards.
Award recipients and their Reserve staff along with Defence Reserves Support Council staff, display their awards at the 2018 Defence Reserves Support Council Queensland State Employer Awards.

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