29 November 2017
Gold Coast MP Steven Ciobo is encouraging local businesses to nominate for a new national awards program recognising veterans and their employers.
Mr Ciobo said the inaugural Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards would celebrate Australian businesses employing veterans as well as veterans who were making a significant contribution to their workplace.
“Our ADF personnel leave the military with unique skills and are making valuable contributions to all kinds of businesses,” Mr Ciobo said.
“There are many Gold Coast organisations that have hired a veteran and are reaping the benefits.
“If you know a local business who employs veterans or a former ADF member who is doing outstanding work then please encourage them to nominate for an award.
“Raising awareness about the unique skills and talents former ADF personnel can bring to a workplace is another way we honour the service and sacrifice of the people who defend our nation and values.”
Mr Ciobo said the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards were a fantastic way to recognise local workplaces supporting veterans.
“It is an opportunity to recognise the achievements and hard work of companies, organisations and individuals in creating employment opportunities for veterans and supporting their transition into new workplaces,” he said.
The winners will be announced at an award ceremony in March 2018 in Canberra and the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other members of government will be in attendance.
The categories for the awards are:
o Leadership in Recruitment of Veterans
o Veteran Employee of the Year
o Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Large Business
o Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Small to Medium-Sized Business
o Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Public Sector Organisation
o Excellence in Supporting Veterans’ Employment
o Excellence in Supporting Spouse Employment
Nominations for the awards can be submitted at http://www.veteransemployment.gov.au/awards.