Nominations called for PM’s Veteran Employment Awards

PM Scott Morrison and MP Lucy Wicks.

Central Coast organisations which employ and support members of the veteran community, or veterans making a significant contribution to their workplace, are being encouraged to nominate for the 2021 Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards.

Federal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks said the awards are an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate veterans and the organisations which employ them and their families.

“Our region is home to many veterans who are now self-employed or employed by local organisations and help our community thrive,” Wicks said.

“Business is at the heart of our community, and this is one-way organisations can be recognised as industry leaders in employing and supporting the veteran community.

“I encourage individuals and organisations or all sizes to nominate for the 2021 Awards.”

Wicks said more than 5,500 people leave the Australian Defence Force (ADF) every year, and the Government’s aim is to ensure each person can transition into civilian life effectively and find meaningful employment.

“Members of the ADF gain an extensive range of skills, abilities, behaviors and attributes that make them valuable additions to the civilian workplace,” she said.

“We live in challenging times and Australian businesses are doing it tough, but in the face of this adversity I have been so pleased to hear stories from organisations who are adapting and thinking innovatively, and embracing the skills and experience of veterans to succeed.

“Hiring a veteran is good for business, and the awards are an important part of showcasing to the Australian community how veterans’ skills and experiences can add value to the civilian workforce.

“This is also an opportunity to sign the Veterans’ Employment Commitment – a public declaration that an organisation is committed to supporting veterans’ employment.”

The awards are part of the broader Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program, which is aimed at supporting veterans’ employment and building an understanding in the greater community of the valuable skills ADF personnel possess.

Nominations close on November 20 in a range of categories.

Media release, Oct 19
Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks