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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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30 March 2017

Enhanced support for veterans’ employment

Improvements to the Government’s jobactive website are helping veterans find work.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan and Minister for Employment Michaelia Cash today welcomed the response of Australian employers to the improvements.

The improvements were made as part of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program, launched in November last year to improve employment opportunities for former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The Government has created online functionality to flag vacancies listed on jobactive as suitable for former ADF members and more than 300 positions have already been flagged.

A new information page for veterans has also been launched containing resources for ADF personnel to identify their skills and appropriate civilian jobs.

Mr Tehan said the early evidence suggested business understood the unique skills and experience former ADF personnel could bring to the workplace.

“The improvements to the jobactive website demonstrate the Government’s commitment to improving employment opportunities for former ADF personnel and raising awareness about the contribution they can make to business,” Mr Tehan said.

“The Government has already made improvements to the transition process for people leaving the military so they are better placed to seize post-service opportunities.

“The first meeting of the Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment will also take place on Friday where business leaders from across the economy will take the lead on developing practical measures for businesses to use when recruiting veterans.”

Minister Cash said the Turnbull Government was committed to implementing practical solutions to ensure jobseekers were connected with employment opportunities.

“Our unwavering focus on delivering economic growth and job creation includes looking at ways that we can better connect Australians with our employment services,” Minister Cash said.

“Former defence force personnel have an enormous amount of experience that many employers would be keen to benefit from.”

The jobactive website connects job seekers with employers as well as providing additional services, such as help writing a resume, interview preparation and upskilling.

For more information on jobactive services, visit www.jobactive.gov.au.

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Minister Cash’s Office: David De Garis 0427 019 692
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203
Department of Employment Media: 02 6240 8667

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.