Awards and Recognition

Employer Awards


What are they?

The Employer Support Awards acknowledge the contributions made by employers of Reservists. The Defence Reserves Support Council sponsors the awards, which publicly recognise employers at the State and Territory level.

The awards program doesn't provide any financial or commercial gain to the employers but does provide formal recognition of their support for Reservists.

How are employers nominated?

If you're a serving Reservist, you can nominate your employer for possible selection by the State / Territory Council.

What types of awards are available?

Recognition of Support Certificates

Recognition of Support Certificates will be presented to employers who are nominated by their Reservist employees as being supportive of their serving as a member of the Reserve. The Commanding Officer of the Reservist's unit presents the certificate at a function supported by DRSC.

State / Territory Employer Support Awards

State / Territory Employer Support Awards are presented to employers, who have provided continued and significant support to their Reservist employee(s). (This is decided by the local State DRSC and Defence Reserves Support.) How the award is presented is decided by the State /Territory chairperson.

When do nominations close?

Each State and Territory holds its award ceremony at a different time of the year.

Listed below are the dates for State and Territories Award presentations:

State/Territory Date of Awards
Victoria TBA
South Australia TBA
Western Australia TBA
Northern Territory an Kimberley TBA
New South Wales 23 Mar 17
Queensland 02 May 17
Tasmania TBA
Australian Capital Territory and South East NSW 17 Jul 17

Please note:

Notwithstanding that some nominations are closed or to be advised, you can nominate your boss at anytime for the next awards. In addition your nomination may also be considered for a regional award which in turn may be elevated for a state award and then possibly a national award.

Therefore, if you want to nominate your supportive employer, do it as soon as possible and don't be concerned by the dates listed above. Get additional information on the nomination process by calling 1800 803 485.


Nominate your employer

  1. Fill out the form,
  2. Email to and
  3. We'll contact you to discuss.


Reserve Awards


Prince of Wales Award

With the Prince of Wales Award (POWA), you can apply for up to $8000 to develop your skills and knowledge in your current civilian job through training and development.

The POWA Scheme rewards selected Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reservists for their dedication and commitment to Reserve Service.

It gives you an opportunity to undertake a training or development activity related to your civilian occupation or profession.

Applications for the POWA Scheme are called for annually in a DEFGRAM, usually released in October of each year.

Applications close in early February and awards are announced in June.

Reservists can access the current DEFGRAM and DI on the Defence Intranet.

Training & development types

The POWA covers many types of development and training, including:

  • Australian or overseas courses.
  • Attending Australian or overseas conferences.
  • Attachments to employment-related companies.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you are a Reservist who meets all of the following:

  • A minimum of 3 years Service in the Reserves.
  • Hold the following rank:
    • Navy: Leading Seaman to Lieutenant Commander (including Navy Chaplains - Division 1)
    • Army: Corporal to Major
    • Air Force: Corporal to Squadron Leader.
  • Declared efficient in the financial year they apply for the award.
  • A minimum of 3 years Service in the Reserves:
    • RAN: A member of the Naval Active or Standby Reserve.
    • Australian Army: A member of the Army High Readiness Reserve or Active Reserve.
    • RAAF: A member of the RAAF Reserve (Band 1, 2, 3 or 4).

Need more information?

Prince of Wales Award (PDF, 163kb)

Prince of Wales - Call for Nominations DEFGRAM (PDF, 263Kb)

If you need more information, call 1800 803 485


How to apply

  1. Read the nomination criteria.
  2. Talk to your employer (they need to agree to the nomination).
  3. Work with your employer on your POWA nomination.
  4. Send your nomination form to your State or Territory Defence Reserves Support office.

Find your local office

PH441 - Prince of Wales Nomination Form (PDF, 124kb)

If you need more information, call 1800 803 485.

Tasman Scheme

Would you like to train with New Zealand Defence Force for 2 weeks?

Commanding Officers may nominate individuals to participate of the Tasman Scheme. It lets you travel to New Zealand and work with a Defence unit similar to your own for 2 weeks.

Nominations are called for annually.

Note: You have to be a Reserve Junior NCO or Junior Officer to participate. This year the scheme has been opened to include Junior Officers from both the ADF and NZDF

Scheme advantages

The Scheme rewards excellence and commitment among Reserve Junior NCOs and Junior Officers.

It also means Australia and New Zealand Reservists can work together when needed, because they've learnt similar skills and have experienced similar training.

Who can be nominated?

You can be nominated to train in New Zealand if you:

  • are an Army, Navy or Air Force Reservist (SERCATs 3-5, depending on your service)
  • are ranked Lance Corporal (E) or Corporal (E), or LT (E)
  • have a minimum of 3 consecutive years of service in the Reserves.

Need more information?

1800 803 485

The Defence Reserves Association (DRA) supports the scheme.

Find your local office

Also refer to DEFGRAM 148/2017 available on DRN.

AE350 - Tasman Scheme Nomination Form (PDF, 90kb)



Last update: Monday, 28 August 2017

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