Australia’s leading employers were recognised for their continued support of Australian Defence Force reservists at the annual Defence Reserves Support Council National Employer Support Awards ceremony on June 18.

Speaking at the event at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Defence Personnel Minister Darren Chester said the awards showcased those employers that actively supported their reservists in the workplace, allowing them to contribute meaningfully to both their civilian and military roles.

“The support of employers, such as the ones recognised here tonight, enable our Defence Force reservists to be released from their civilian roles to perform a variety of roles across the three services within the Defence Force," Mr Chester said.

 “The Employer Support Awards acknowledge on a state, territory and national level the contribution that employers make to the Australian Defence Force by providing working conditions and policies that support Reserve service.”

Mr Chester said all businesses across Australia supporting reservists should be commended for the support they provide their employees.

“Our reservists are a highly-skilled, dynamic and disciplined workforce, their service to our country is made possible by the support of employers,” Mr Chester said.

“I commend both the awards winners and nominees here this evening for your continued support of your Defence Force reservists and a wider commitment to the future of Australia.”

The winners announced at the Awards were:

  • Private Sector Small Business:  Northwest Dental (Tasmania)
  • Private Sector Medium Business: Tasmanian Ports Corporation Pty Ltd (Tasmania)
  • Private Sector Large Business: Cavpower Pty Ltd (South Australia)
  • Public Sector: Townsville Hospital (Queensland)
  • Not for Profit Sector: Uniting Wimmera (Victoria)