The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, has congratulated nine employers awarded last night (14 March 2012) for their outstanding support of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and its Reservists.
The awards, hosted by the Defence Reserves Support Council for New South Wales (DRSC NSW), and held at Victoria Barracks, recognised employers who have been particularly supportive of their Reservist employees.
“Reservists make a significant contribution to Defence capability. Whether on operations at home or abroad our Reservists serve their community and country as much valued members of the ADF. These Defence members are also highly valued by their civilian employers – for the diversity of their skills, as well as their leadership and dedication to the job at hand,” Senator Feeney said.
“Employers who support their Reservist employees create a workplace where skills sharing and development – from both the civilian and military fields – is recognised and encouraged. This produces many benefits for the employee, the civilian employers, our Defence forces, and the local community,” Senator Feeney said.
Total Survey Systems was one of the winners recognised at the event and Director, Mr Hugh Gerdes said he is very honoured that their employee, Reservist Captain Glenn Anderson, nominated them for an award.
“We are very proud to be recognised as a supportive employer of the Australian Defence Force and especially of our shared employees - Reservists,” Mr Gerdes said.
“Captain Anderson is extremely dedicated to his role with the Reserves and brings his unique skills back into our workplace - it's a win-win situation for everyone."
The Chair of DRSC NSW, Mr Mark Todd said, “supportive employers are not only helping their own team, they are also supporting Australia. It's important that we take the time to recognise their support”.
List of Winners
Total Survey Systems
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
Security and Emergency Management Branch - Transport for NSW
New South Wales Business Chamber
For more information about the Employer Support Awards and the support available for ADF Reserves and their employers go to: www.defence.gov.au/reserves.
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