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The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister

The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

MEDIA RELEASE

02 November 2018

Joint media release — Jobs for veterans

Thousands of ex-service men and women across Australia are set to benefit from a new initiative to connect them with employment opportunities.

Building on the success of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program, a new Veterans Employment Commitment will be rolled out to businesses that want to benefit from the skills and experience of Australia’s veterans.

Australians have enormous respect for the service of our veterans. Many employers already recognise the value of the skills and experiences of our veterans.

We want to translate Australia’s culture of respect for veterans into action. Simply put, hiring a veteran is good for business. 

The Veterans Employment Commitment will clearly identify businesses that provide career opportunities to veterans, that upskill and mentor them and that are focused on how to retain them. 

Our government has heard the calls to help our ex-service men and women when they transition from the defence forces into the civilian workforces.

By connecting veterans to employers we can make the transition that bit easier. 

Businesses that sign the Commitment will be listed on the official veteransemployment.gov.au website, have their details shared with veterans looking for work and through networking events, as well as be able to use the Commitment logo to advertise their support. 

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs will ensure businesses meet their obligations set out in the Commitment and businesses will be asked to recommit every two years. 

The Veterans Employment Commitment forms part of our government’s suite of measures to recognise and respect veterans as we mark the conclusion of the Centenary of ANZAC.

The Commitment, combined with the new Veterans’ Covenant, Australian Veterans’ Card and lapel pin, are all designed to bring governments and businesses together to support the veterans of today and tomorrow. 

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We want to translate Australia’s culture of respect for veterans into action.

Employers across the country are hunting for the sorts of skills and experience our service men and women gain through their service.

Our government has heard the calls to help our ex-service men and women when they transition from the armed forces into the private and public workforces.

By connecting veterans to employers through this initiative we can make the transition that bit easier.

ENDS

Media contact

Minister Chester’s Office: Whilemina Prendergast, 0427 672 815

Office of the Hon Darren Chester MP, Canberra

Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling provides support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. Free and confidential help is available 24/7. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546) or visit www.OpenArms.gov.au