A Tasmanian lawyer and Reservist, Steve Carey, was today appointed to head Tasmania’s Defence Reserves Support Council.
The Council provides advice to both Government and Defence on matters relating to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reserves.
Mr Carey was appointed by the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney.
Senator Feeney said Mr Carey had over 30 years experience in the Reserves and strong experience in the Tasmanian business community.
“Mr Carey will bring a good understanding to the Council of matters affecting Reserves, their families and their employers.
“His experience as a Reservist will ensure he provides strong leadership of the Council and will expand their work over the coming years,”
Mr Carey said he was pleased to have been appointed and looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Reserve community.
“This is an exciting opportunity to get more involved with Reservists in the area and to build on the relationship that we have with employers.
“I look forward to engaging with the community to build an understanding of Reserves and the importance of releasing them for service,” Mr Carey said.
A member of the Australian Army Reserve since 1977, Mr Carey has also maintained an impressive legal career with experience with the Tasmanian Police Department, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and most recently Mr Carey has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Health Practitioners Tribunal and the Asbestos Diseases Tribunal.
Following his graduation as an officer in the Royal Australian Artillery in 1979, Mr Carey served in the full range of regimental appointments within 16 Field Battery. He was promoted to Major in 1991 and was posted as Battery Commander, 16 Field Battery during the period 1993 until 1995. Following his service with 16 Field Battery he returned to 6 Training Group and in 1999 was promoted to LTCOL. In 2000 til 2002, he was commander of 2nd Force Support Battalion, Logistic Support Force. In January 2006 he was promoted to Colonel and assumed duty as Director, Army Personnel Agency – Hobart.
As well as advising Government and Defence, the Council works to ensure strong relationships between the Tasmanian community, employers and Reservists.
Each state and territory has local branches of the council, as do some larger regional centres with large Defence populations, such as Townsville.
Council members include representatives from industry, small business, trade unions, youth and other community groups.
For more information visit www.defencereservessupport.gov.au
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