Defence Force Recruiting strives for gender diversity

Published on SBLT Bianca Wise (author), Mrs Lauren Larking (photographer)

Location(s): Canberra, ACT

Topic(s): Defence Force Recruiting

Lieutenant Commander Wendy Lissing and Captain Jessica Boyd at the Defence Force Recruiting seminar, Canberra.  (photo: Mrs Lauren Larking)
Lieutenant Commander Wendy Lissing and Captain Jessica Boyd at the Defence Force Recruiting seminar, Canberra.

With females now representing 51 per cent of the Australian population, recruiting more women into the Royal Australian Navy is a high priority for Defence Force Recruiting (DFR) this year.

The work is being spearheaded by the Navy’s Specialist Recruitment Team for Women (SRT-W), lead by Executive Officer Diversity, Lieutenant Commander Wendy Lissing.

“The objective of the DFR Women in Recruiting is to attract and recruit more women, so as to better reflect Australian society and position the Australian Defence Force as an employer of choice for women,” LCDR Lissing said.

“The establishment of SRT-W will ensure that we provide support to the female candidates to achieve a successful recruiting outcome.

“The SRTs will provide increased candidate care for females by mentoring the candidates from initial contact with DFR to enlistment/appointment.

“Our current female recruiting achievement is in the order of 19.6 per cent, with slightly higher achievement for General Entry than Officer Entry.

“I feel very excited about the future prospect for Navy with its focus on gender diversity.

The SRT-W includes Petty Officer Henry in Perth, PO Kelly in Parramatta, Leading Seaman Kenny in Melbourne and LS Dwyer at DFRC Brisbane.

The ‘Women in the Australian Defence Force Careers Expo’ held in Canberra recently was a Tri-Service foundation event for the recruiting initiative. LCDR Lissing said it was a great opportunity to share her enthusiasm for defence with all who attended.

Deputy Chief of Army Major General Gus Gilmore addresses participants at the Defence Force Recruiting seminar.

Deputy Chief of Army Major General Gus Gilmore addresses participants at the Defence Force Recruiting seminar.

“Joining the Defence Force was one of the best decisions I have ever made," she said.

“The opportunity to talk to current serving women and hear about their experiences in the Defence Force and more importantly to hear that we are normal people who have families, I think really resonated with the candidates.”

For more information about career prospects, Navy has a dedicated page within the Defence Jobs website to women which showcases seven inspirational women in the Navy, just click http://www.defencejobs.gov.au/navy/women or call 13 19 01.

Imagery is available on the Australian Defence Media Library at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20140507.

Participants at the Defence Force Recruiting seminar, Canberra.

Participants at the Defence Force Recruiting seminar, Canberra.