An international service company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in support of reservists across all of its Australian operations.
Serco Australia, which supports government and other public service providers in seven key sectors – citizen services, defence, facility services, health, immigration, justice and transport – signed the MoU with the ADF this week.
Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer, Head Reserve and Youth Division, said the purpose of the MoU was to formalise the relationship between Serco and the ADF, and to further develop a mutual understanding and agree on terms for the employment of personnel who are members of both organisations.
"Reservists bring valuable life skills back to their civilian workplaces," RADM Kafer said.
"Reservists are highly disciplined team players with a ‘can-do’ work ethic and the confidence to accept responsibilities.
"The experience and expertise they gain from their Defence service also helps in their civilian environment to shape them as better employees."
The signing of the MoU took place in Canberra. The signatories were Serco Asia-Pacific chief executive Mark Irwin and RADM Kafer.
"At Serco, we have the utmost respect for the men and women of our armed forces and we are committed to supporting them. We are proud to have served the ADF for more than 15 years and take our corporate responsibility very seriously," Irwin said.
"This MoU recognises our employees who contribute to the ADF and makes it easier for them to continue the great job they are doing."
The signing of the MoU is in line with the 2017-18 budget, which is continuing to implement flexible work arrangements in order to retain more ADF personnel.