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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel


16 November 2019

Veteran employment celebrated

AUSTRALIAN businesses are recognising the value of hiring veterans, with 129 nominations received for the 2020 Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards.

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the awards recognised and celebrated veterans in the workforce, and acknowledge organisations focused on investing and supporting veterans as they transition to civilian life, and their families.

“We invest heavily in training our ADF personnel, providing them with qualities and capabilities that are valued by civilian employers — leadership, teamwork, and a strong sense of mission and purpose are all qualities employers can expect,” Mr Chester said.

“The extensive range of skills, abilities, behaviours and attributes veterans gain make them an asset to any workplace and it’s great to see organisations recognising this, and promoting it as part of their workplace culture.

“This is the third year of the awards and we have seen a rise in the number of nominations from previous years, which shows employers are proud of their veteran staff and highlights that businesses are promoting that hiring a veteran is good for business.”

The Government is committed to ensuring a successful transition for ADF members, which includes getting meaningful employment, and these awards are an important part of showcasing to the Australian community how veterans’ unique skills and experiences can add value to civilian workplaces.

The awards are part of the broader Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program, which supports veterans’ employment and builds an understanding in the broader community of the valuable skills that Australian Defence Force (ADF) veterans bring to the workforce.

“Veterans and businesses are supported by resources available on the re-launched Veterans’ Employment website, which includes a new toolkit to assist ADF personnel transitioning to civilian employment, and tips for businesses looking to hire them,” Mr Chester said.

“The toolkit explains how a veterans’ unique skills translate to the civilian workplace, how best to plan for transition, how to apply for jobs, and provides tips for adjusting to a civilian workplace.”

These improvements build on the significant investment announced in the last Budget, which will see $16.2 million invested into initiatives run by not-for-profit organisations that are helping veterans transition out of ADF service and secure employment.

Finalists for the 2020 Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards will be announced early next year followed by an Awards ceremony announcing the winners. For more information on the program, visit the Veterans’ Employment website



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