Being recognised as a leading employer of Defence reservists in Queensland was never front of mind for Paul Boag, Chief Executive Officer of Inloc.

“We usually fly under the radar and focus on doing great work in the regions in which we operate, executing mentoring and ranger programs in remote communities in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea,” Mr Boag said.

The award is perhaps hardly surprising, as Mr Boag was an Australian commando and later served with the 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment.

Queensland Engagement Manager Defence Reserves Support (DRS) Major Ben Lanskey said Inloc unanimously won the DRS Employer Support Award for the Medium Private Category. 

“They appreciate the tangible benefits to business through employing reservists and the advantages of having them bring highly valued skills, discipline and resilience to their workplace,” Major Lanskey said.

The awards recognise civilian employers committed to supporting reservists in their workplace, who go above and beyond for their reservist employees, either over a sustained period or for a special effort to enable the member to complete their Reserve commitments.

The awards are made at the state and territory level before the national level. The categories are small, medium and large private sector, public sector, and not-for-profit.

Inloc works in many remote Indigenous communities, alongside Indigenous ranger groups in the Top End and overseas.

Mr Boag said his company operated over large expanses of coastline with the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre's Crown of Thorns eradication program, South Fly Treaty Village Resilience and Kokoda Track.

“We currently have about 70 staff based in Australia and overseas. We are growing rapidly and need more people as our programs expand,” he said.

“Without Defence reservists, who have been trained to live and operate in these diverse and austere environments, this business and our programs just wouldn’t work. We actively seek Defence people and have a number of opportunities, especially in PNG, and also in Queensland and the Northern Territory.”

If you are a reservist or transitioning from the full-time ADF service and would like to learn more about opportunities at Inloc, email admin [at] inlocgroup.com.