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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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17 November 2017

Supporting veterans’ employment

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has encouraged Australian businesses to celebrate the contribution of our veterans to the workplace by nominating for the inaugural Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards.

The awards are a central pillar of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program, which was launched one year ago today.

“The Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards celebrate Australian businesses that are employing veterans as well as veterans who are making a significant contribution to their workplace,” Mr Tehan said.

“I encourage all businesses, large and small, to nominate for the awards.

“The men and women who serve in defence of our nation gain valuable skills that are in demand in the modern workplace.

“Skills ADF veterans bring to the workplace are leadership, teamwork, calm under pressure, respect and professionalism.

Nominate an employer or veteran employee for an award.

Nominations close at midnight on Friday 22 December.

Each year, around 5,200 people leave the ADF and the Government is working to ensure our personnel smoothly transition to post-service life and find meaningful employment.

Mr Tehan said the Government was focussed on improving the transition from the ADF to civilian life.

“ADF transition coaches are helping ADF personnel develop tailored career plans based on their unique skills, interests and career aspirations,” Mr Tehan said.

“This is making their transition from Defence less stressful and is helping them find meaningful employment.
“The transition service provides ADF members with professional career coaching before leaving the military and up to 12 months after they leave.”

An Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment comprised of business leaders from the private sector was established in March and has provided recommendations to improve support for veterans’ employment.

Mr Tehan said a ‘Defence Force Experience Desirable’ flag was added to the Government’s jobactive website in December to help veterans in their job search. Since then around 1650 positions have been flagged.

He added that the APSJobs website now provides information for veterans interested in employment in the Commonwealth Public Sector, as well as a tool for translating ADF ranks to APS classifications.

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6466

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.