Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said Boeing Defence Australia was an excellent fit for the committee as it has demonstrated over a long period its commitment to veterans’ employment.
"Boeing was recognised in the inaugural Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards, named as Large Business Employer of the Year in recognition of the work it does to provide employment and development opportunities for veterans," Minister Chester said.
Through the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program, the government has committed to working with an IAC to deliver a number of important initiatives.
Boeing Defence Australia has nominated vice president and managing director Darren Edwards as its representative. Edwards said he was proud that Boeing had been recognised in the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards and being asked to further contribute through the IAC.
"Veterans’ hard-earned skills and experiences are valued at Boeing because we know veterans make us better," said Edwards.
Chair of the Industry Advisory Committee, George Frazis of Westpac, congratulated Boeing on its appointment to the IAC.
"We welcome Boeing to the IAC and look forward to working with Mr Edwards on this important program. It is also an opportune moment for me as chair to acknowledge the hard work of the organisations already contributing their time and expertise to this program," Frazis said.
Boeing will join a leading group of industry representatives on the IAC, which represent small, medium and large businesses across a range of industries in the private sector.
Boeing Defence Australia joins Westpac Group, Seven Network, Australia Post, CanPLAY, Serco Asia Pacific, PwC, ACCI, Allied Express Transport, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Clayton Utz, Saab Australia and Raytheon Australia in the Prime Minister’s IAC on Veterans’ Employment.
"Veteran employment remains a key priority of this government. Current unemployment figures compiled by the Department of Defence have the rate around 8 per cent after 13 months upon transition from the Defence Force," Minister Chester said.