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 on 25 May.
Held annually, the aim of the awards is to recognise employers who go ‘above and beyond’ to support their reservist employees.
Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan outlined the importance of the awards during his keynote address.
“This event highlights the significant contribution of our reserve personnel to Australian Defence Force capability, and the critical support provided to our reservists by their civilian employers,” Minister Tehan said.
“Reservists contribute to the capability of Defence in many ways – locally, nationally and overseas.
“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,” he said.
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 Australian Defence Force.
“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.”
Winners of the award categories were:
· Hackham Medical Centre (South Australia)
· Executive Risk Solutions (Western Australia)
· Commonwealth Bank (New South Wales)
· City of Ballarat (Australian Capital Territory & South East New South Wales)
· Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (Northern Territory)