Time running out to nominate for awards

Source: The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said today time was running out for businesses to nominate for the inaugural Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards.

The Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards will showcase leading Australian businesses that are employing veterans as well as former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel making significant contributions to their workplace.

Nominations for the awards close on 22 December. Visit www.veteransemployment.gov.au/awards to enter.

The winners will be announced at a gala award ceremony to be held in Canberra and attended by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Mr Tehan said the awards celebrate the skills and talents former ADF personnel bring to a job as well as promoting the Australian businesses that were employing veterans.

“I strongly encourage Australian businesses of all sizes to nominate for an award and help honour the service and sacrifice of the men and women who defend our nation by celebrating their ongoing contribution to the Australian community,” Mr Tehan said.

“The awards will highlight the Australian businesses that are recognising these skills and utilising them to be successful. They will encourage other businesses to think about what a veteran could offer their workplace.

“Nominating your business for an award is a fantastic way to raise awareness about the positive contributions our veterans are making after they leave the ADF.

“Each year, around 5,200 people leave the ADF and the Turnbull Government is working to ensure they transition smoothly to civilian life and find meaningful employment.

“Over the course of their careers in Defence, our ADF personnel acquire qualities that are in high demand. They are leaders, problem solvers and work well in teams.”

The Government has also established an Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) on Veterans’ Employment, comprising representatives from a range of industries, to develop strategies and best practice for employing and retaining veterans.