The contributions of a number of defence Reservists and their civilian employers have been acknowledged at an awards ceremony.
Defence Reservists and their civilian employers from across Australia have been recognised for their contribution to the Australian Defence Force at the 2020 Prince of Wales Awards.
Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester noted the importance of recognising the continued support of employers, providing ADF reservists working in their organisation with the opportunity to up-skill in an area that will benefit their civilian career.
“We have more than 25,000 active Reservists who are supported by their civilian employers to contribute vital skills and capability to the defence of our nation,” Minister Chester said.
“You only need to look at the integral role our Reservists played in 2020 through the bushfire and coronavirus responses to get a glimpse at just how much they contribute to our nation.
“The Prince of Wales Awards recognises the incredible support provided by civilian employers in enabling our Reservists to answer the call when needed and fulfil their military service obligations.”
He continued: “In an effort to give back to those employers, Defence provides funding for professional development and training for Reservists in areas that directly benefit their civilian career and their employer.
“I commend all the award recipients and wish them well for their upcoming training and development.”
ADF Reservists and their civilian employers are provided with direct support through Defence’s Employer Support Payment Scheme, as well as a number of other engagement programs and activities.
“With the 2021 Award submissions opening soon, I highly recommend all Reservists consider this opportunity for themselves and their employer,” Minister Chester added.
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