Employers challenged in Western Australia

This article has photo gallery Published on Department of Defence (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, Western Australia

Lieutenant Commander Simon Gourlay and  Defence Reserve Support Council - WA Chair Mr David Trench at the fire fighting grounds at HMAS Stirling as a part of the Employer Challenge Day. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Mack)
Lieutenant Commander Simon Gourlay and Defence Reserve Support Council - WA Chair Mr David Trench at the fire fighting grounds at HMAS Stirling as a part of the Employer Challenge Day.

A group of employers have spent a day with Australian Defence Force Reservists at HMAS Stirling, Garden Island, learning about military life and the workplace benefits of employing Reservists.

The activity was part of the Defence Reserves Support Council’s program to provide an opportunity to observe and experience the personal, technical and professional skills of those in the Navy.

They took part in fire and damage control activities, viewed Australian Clearance Dive Team Four in action and toured the submarine HMAS Sheean.

Navy Reserve personnel led most of the activities at HMAS Stirling, which is the Navy’s largest base.

The Council was established by to promote the benefits of Reserve service to employers and the community. It provides an effective link between Reservists and other interested parties — employers, the Australian Defence Force, all levels of government and the community.

Western Australian Chair of the Council, David Trench, said the support of civilian employers was critical to the capability and success of the Australian Defence Force.

“Our aim through the likes of the Employer Challenge Day is to give people first-hand experience of the training and skills of our Reservists so they have an understanding of how this benefits Australia, along with their businesses and organisations.

“It’s a great opportunity to see the skills, knowledge and training of Reservists that can be transferred directly to their workplaces," he said.

All employers – irrespective of whether they employ a Reservist – can become a Supportive Employer and join a growing group of organisations offering their support to Reservists. 

For more information about the Defence Reserves Support visit www.defencereservessupport.gov.au