Employer Support Awards Victoria


A total of 40 supportive employers and their Reserve employees from across the state converged in Victoria on 23 October 2019 for the Defence Reserves Support Council Victoria Employer Support Awards.
Held annually, the aim of the Awards night is recognise employers who ‘go above and beyond’ to support Australian Defence Force Reserve employees.

Winners of the Award categories were:

  • Small Private Sector: Independent Filter Service
  • Medium Private Sector: Agfa HealthCare Australia
  • Large Private Sector: Coles Group and QBE Insurance
  • Not for Profit: The Uniting Church in Australia (Victoria and Tasmania)
  • Public Sector: Australia Post
  • Education Sector: Bendigo South East College

Australia Post Director, Strategic Accounts, Business & Government – Enterprise Stewart Smith said winning the Support Employer Award was formal recognition of the strong support his organisation provided to Reservist employees.

“Australia Post is committed to supporting all our ADF Reserve employees,” Mr Stewart said.

“We have a raft of support initiatives which allow Reservists to take leave to attend training camps and exercises.

“Winning this Award is a feather in the cap for Australia Post and demonstrates that we are committed to being an employer of choice.”

Heidelberg West business Independent Filter Service Service Manager Jason Buress said supporting employee Reservist Matthew Hines made “good business sense”.

“Mathew has been a model employee and we are more than happy be flexible with working hours so that he can meet his Reserve commitments,” Mr Burgess said.

“At the end of the day we see the raft of skills that Matt has learned from his ADF career are directly relevant to his work with us.  So it’s a win-win for everyone.”

Head of Reserve and Youth Division, RADM Wolski congratulated the Award winners and thanked all employers throughout Victoria who support their Defence Reserve employees.

“The Employer Support Awards acknowledge the contributions made by employers of Reservists,” RADM Wolski 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 by the entire Australian Defence Force.”

RADM Wolski said there was no doubt that Australian business and industry 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.”

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: https://www.defencereservessupport.gov.au/

Victorian Defence Reserves Support Council (DRSC) Employer Support Awards winners.

CPL Manish Sharma and David Chapin, Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance.


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