Five South Australian employers have been recognised for their exceptional support of Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reservists at the Defence Reserves Support Council annual awards ceremony in Adelaide on 10 April 2019.

The awards allow the ADF to acknowledge the employers who have been particularly supportive of their Reservist employees when undertaking reserve service.

Acting Head Reserve and Youth Division, Brigadier Duncan Hayward CSC said it was encouraging to see the support Defence Reservists get from their employers.

“The ADF has over 26,500 Reservists across the Services,” Brigadier Hayward said.

“Without the support of their employers, these Reservists would be unable to fulfil their Reserve duty which is vital to the success of the ADF.”

Private Ashley Humphries started his career in the meat industry when he was twelve years old, and nominated his employer, Ellis Butcher in McLaren Vale.

“The Army Reserves have given me the opportunity to try something new. I now have a variety of Reserve career path options, whilst maintaining my commitments to my employer,” Private Humphries said.

“With the support of my supervisor, I have been able to undertake a variety of activities, including overseas exercises and courses in Australia.

“The Reserves have taught me how to work better under pressure and how to train employees in different ways.”

The awards ceremony, hosted by the Defence Reserve Support Council (DRSC), was held at South Australia’s Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo. 

For more information about the Employer Support Awards and the support available for ADF Reservists and their employers, visit

 Photo attributed to: CPL David Cotton


Not-For-Profit Category - Eldercare Inc.

Small Private Category – Ellis Butchers

Medium Private Category - Fyfe

Large Private Category - Cavpower Pty Ltd

Public Sector Category - Women’s & Children’s Health Network


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