Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter has called on local businesses and veterans to nominate for the inaugural Veterans’ Employment Awards.
Mr Porter said the Veterans’ Employment Awards would recognise businesses and organisations that created employment opportunities for veterans and spouses of serving Defence members. It would also recognise veterans who had made significant contributions to their workplace.
The Veterans’ Employment Awards have been established as part of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Initiative, which aims to improve the post-service employability of veterans.
“In the Australian Defence Force (ADF) our personnel work in high-pressure environments and learn skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, leadership and the ability to adapt to new technologies,” Mr Porter said.
“Those talents are in demand in a modern economy and I know businesses in our community are employing veterans and using their skills to succeed.
"Organisation should recognise and take advantage of the talents and skills of our veterans, such as leadership, resilience, agility and the ability to operate in complex environments.
“I’m encouraging local businesses and local veterans to look at the award categories and nominate so their achievements can be recognised.”
The Veterans’ Employment Awards were developed by the Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) on Veterans’ Employment.
The categories for the awards include:
Leadership in Recruitment of Veterans
Veteran Employee of the Year – Workplace Contribution
Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Large Business
Veteran’ Employer of the Year – Small to Medium-Sized Business
Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Public Sector Organisation
Excellence in Supporting Veterans’ Employment
Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to Veterans’ Employment
Excellence in Supporting Spouse Employment
Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation to Veterans’ Employment
Nominations for the Veterans’ Employment Awards are open until 22 December 2017 and can be submitted at www.veteransemployment.gov.au.