Employers of Defence Reservists will today travel to the Solomon Islands to work alongside their part time Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel on deployment to Operation ANODE.
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator the Hon David Feeney, said the employers would visit soldiers from the New South Wales-based 8th Brigade who are deployed to the Solomon Islands for four months as part of Operation ANODE.
“By joining with their deployed employees on an ADF Operation, employers see the skills gained from being in the ADF and the contribution they make to the stability, peace and security of the Solomon Islands,” Senator Feeney said.
The employers come from a range of government and private sector organisations, including NSW Police, Supa IGA, St.George Bank, Department of Trade and Investment NSW, Thales Australia and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
In Honiara, the employers will attend briefings on Operation ANODE and see demonstrations of the work their employees are doing.
They will also experience some routine aspects of military life, such as eating from ration packs and visiting the firing range.
“This visit offers employers an insight into the benefits that ADF service can bring to the workplace, such as teamwork, leadership and resilience. These are skills that our Defence personnel are using every day, in the service of their nation,” Senator Feeney said.
Operation ANODE is the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands.
For details about Defence’s Employer Engagement Program visit www.defencereservessupport.gov.au or call 1800 803 485.
Deanna Nott 0438 013 548