South Australia has become the first state to sign a whole-of-government Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support Reservists of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, said South Australia was leading the way in the development of agreements which manage the relationship between ADF members and their civilian employer.
“Today’s MOU will form the basis for managing a highly skilled shared workforce. A significant number of South Australian public servants also serve the nation as members of the ADF,” Senator Feeney said.
“This MOU will make it easier for them to balance their public service employment and their Defence service.”
Minister for the Public Sector, Michael O’Brien and Chief Executive of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Jim Hallion, signed the MOU on behalf of South Australia.
His Excellency the Governor Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC hosted the signing.
Minister O’Brien said the MOU affirmed the State’s support for the ADF.
“South Australia is leading the way in the development of agreements which manage the relationship between part time ADF members and their civilian employer,” Minister O’Brien said.
“The MOU will reassure public sector workers in the Defence Reserves that they have their employer’s full support and encouragement.
“It also highlights the Government’s commitment to making South Australiaa national leader in defence industries.
“Defence industries are vital to the South Australian economy, so it’s important we do all we can to encourage and assist the ADF.”
Senator Feeney said South Australia had a proud history in supporting ADF personnel.
“Reservists from South Australia have deployed on many operations in recent years, in particular on operations to East Timor and the Solomon Islands.
“Whenever there is a disaster or we need to undertake rescue and recovery work, our Reservists are ready, capable and trained to support the community,” he said.
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