A Perth company has been named one of Australia’s most supportive employers of part time Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Senator David Feeney presented Sustainability Pty Ltd with a National Employer Support Award in a ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
“Employers who support ADF Reserves successfully manage a highly skilled and disciplined workforce for the benefit of their employees, the company and the Australian community,” Senator Feeney said.
“Businesses like Sustainability Pty Ltd assist the ADF to build the skills of their staff, create strong community and business partnerships, and also support the security of our nation.”
Sustainability Pty Ltd provides a range of project support services in the resources and infrastructure sectors. These include security, consulting, environmental safety, maintenance and training services in Australia and internationally.
More than one quarter of its workforce is made up of part time ADF personnel or former Defence personnel and CEO Tony Webster-Smith says this is no accident.
“The nature of our work is closely linked to what happens in Defence, so we actively recruit Reservists,” said Mr Webster-Smith.
“We find that Defence people ‘get’ fly-in fly-out arrangements in the mining sector, for instance. They are used to being away from home and family, so they fit in well to that style of work,” he said.
“Like our employees, Reservists take pride in their work and themselves, they are good technically and procedurally and they understand the need for good customer service.
“The other great thing is the flexibility that Defence shows us – taking into account the two week fly-in fly-out rosters that we use. Where possible, Defence will schedule training and exercises around our needs which is mutually beneficial,” Mr Webster-Smith said.
2012 National Employer Support Award winners
- Small Business - Passions of Paradise - Qld
- Medium Business - Sustainability Pty Ltd - WA
- Large Business - Xstrata Copper - QLD
- Public Sector - SA Police – SA
22 June 2012
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