22 November 2023
The annual Defence National Employer Support Awards recognised 44 employers of Australian Defence Force (ADF) reservists in Sydney on 21 November.
Employers were recognised for their support to reservists working within their organisation, including the release of employees for periods of service where they undertake work for Defence.
Chief of Personnel, Lieutenant General Natasha Fox, AO, CSC, thanked the civilian employers for their support and the contribution it makes to the Defence mission.
“Defence recognises the vital contribution of ADF reservists, who are highly skilled and disciplined,” Lieutenant General Fox said.
“Support and understanding from the employers of reservists enables the delivery of reserve capability and we couldn’t do what we need to without them.
“Having workplaces that show flexibility to reservists ensures the Australian Defence Force can call on our reservists to respond quickly and provide vital capability where it is most needed.
“I thank the award-winning organisations and all of the nominees for their continued support of our ADF reservists.”
The 2023 National Employer Support Award winners are:
Private Sector (Large): Ensign Laboratories, Victoria
Private Sector (Medium): Protegas, Queensland
Private Sector (Small): Functional AF, Western Australia
Public Sector: Queensland Police Service – Bob Atkinson (BAOCC), Queensland
Public Sector: Fire and Rescue NSW, New South Wales
Public Sector – Defence: Patrol Boat Group Headquarters, Northern Territory
Not for Profit: St John WA, Western Australia
Honourable mentions went to:
Private Sector (Large): Symbion, Queensland
Private Sector (Medium): Talent Quarter, New South Wales
Private Sector (Small): Humanihut, South Australia and Legear, Victoria
Public Sector: Tasmania Government Department of Justice, Tasmania
Not-For-Profit: Fit to Drive Foundation Incorporated, Victoria
There are a number of ways organisations can engage with Defence in support of their employees' ADF Reserve service. For more information on the Employer Support Awards and the newly enhanced Supportive Employer Program, visit: www.reserveemployersupport.gov.au
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