Awards and Recognition

Important update: All employer engagement activities are conducted in a manner consistent with the current government guidance in relation to COVID-19 precautions. This may involve changes or postponement at short-notice if required.

Please continue to engage with us through our website and our team by calling 1800DEFENCE.

Recognising the supportive civilian employers of our ADF Reserves capability is a priority for Defence. Our Employer Support Awards continue to be conducted annually in each state and territory in accordance with the current government COVID-19 guidelines.

Reservists, please nominate your supportive employer at: How to nominate

Employer Support Awards

The Employer Support Awards are designed to formally recognise civilian employers committed to supporting reservists in their workplace. They acknowledge employers that have gone above and beyond for their reservist employees, either over a sustained period or for a special effort to enable the member to complete their Reserve commitments.

The Awards are very well received in the business community and the public sector. While the award program does not provide any direct financial or commercial gain to employers, it does offer the chance to give employers the formal public recognition they deserve.

The Employer Support Awards are made at the state/territory and national level. The categories are small, medium and large private sector, public sector, and not-for-profit.

The Awards will be announced across the country in the following regions:

  • Queensland 
  • Tasmania 
  • Northern Territory and Kimberley
  • New South Wales
  • Australian Capital Territory and South East NSW 
  • Victoria 
  • Western Australia 

2022 Employer support award dates

State ESA Nominations Close ESA Announcement
ACT & SE NSW 31 May 2022 21 July 2022
TAS 31 May 2022 27 July 2022
NT 31 May 2022 5 August 2022
WA 31 May 2022 18 August 2022
QLD 31 May 2022 8 September 2022
SA 31 May 2022 21 September 2022
VIC 31 May 2022 5 October 2022
NSW 31 May 2022 20 October 2022

How to nominate

Any serving reservists can nominate their employer for recognition in their state or territory.

Nominate your supportive employer by completing the Employer Support Award Nomination Form.

For further information on the Employer Support Awards please contact our Regional Engagement team at 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362) or

If your organisation also supports veteran employees or their partners, consider nominating your workplace for the Prime Minister’s Veterans Employment Awards. To find out more and nominate, click here

Prince of Wales Award

Important update: To ensure Defence is compliant with the current government guidance on COVID-19 the physical attendance of POWA applicants at international training, courses, conference, conventions and symposiums until further notice is no longer permissible as a form of POWA activity.

The Scheme seeks to reward SERCAT 3 to 5 personnel and their civilian employers for their dedication and commitment to ADF service by providing an opportunity for reservists to undertake a training or development activity that is related to and directly benefits their civilian occupation or profession.

The experience and knowledge gained from a successful activity will provide ongoing benefits to the civilian employer and workplace. The scheme also promotes cooperation and support between Defence and civilian employers.

The activity undertaken is not prescriptive, and may comprise:

  • a training course either held in Australia (physical or virtual attendance) or overseas (virtual attendance only); or
  • a conference, convention or symposium held in Australia (physical or virtual attendance) or overseas (virtual attendance only).

How to apply

Nominations are called for annually, through internal communication channels.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • be a member of the Reserves in Service Categories (SERCATs) 3 to 5 rendering defence service (including training)
  • hold substantive rank of:
    • Navy - Leading Seaman to Lieutenant Commander, including Chaplain Division 1 and 2, and Maritime Spiritual Wellbeing Officer Class 1 and 2
    • Army - Corporal to Major
    • Air Force - Corporal to Squadron Leader
  • have rendered a minimum of 20 Reserve Service Days (RSD) per year in the three financial years immediately prior to their POWA application
  • have not undertaken more than three month’s Service Option (SERVOP) C (Continuous Full-Time Service) in the 12 months prior to the POWA application closing date
  • remain a SERCAT 3 to 5 member throughout the POWA nomination, selection and award use period
  • not be subject to any disciplinary or adverse administrative action relating to their performance, conduct or behaviour.

Applications for this award are developed in close cooperation with the support and endorsement of the Reserve member’s civilian employer.

Serial Action Time Frame
1 JSSD publicise call for applications for Prince of Wales Award (POWA) Scheme via DEFGRAM, ForceNet and other service media 1 – 30 June
2 Applicant develops their application, inclusive of civilian employer endorsement, and submit to their Commanding Officer for endorsement 1 June to 15 July
3 Commanders review and endorse POWA applications, and submit to Service Headquarters 15 July to 15 August
4 Service Headquarters review applicant eligibility and submit POWA applications to JSSD 15 August to 15 September
5 JSSD conduct POWA Selection Board and submit recommendations to HJSSD. NLT 15 October
6 JSSD advise applicants of Selection Board outcomes. NLT 30 November
7 JSSD POWA presentations conducted January to June of following year
8 POWA activities conducted Within 18 months of the POWA announcement
9 Complete POWA Post Activity Administration Within 30 days following completion of activity

Submit your nomination for the Prince of Wales Award.

Reservists can access further information about the POWA through their unit chain-of-command, or by contacting the National Priority & Planning team on 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362) or

Tasman Scheme

Important update: To ensure Defence is compliant with the current government guidance on COVID-19, the Tasman Scheme is on hold until further notice.

The Tasman Scheme is a bilateral personnel activity between the ADF and the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

The Scheme seeks to reward selected ADF Reserve junior officers and ADF Reserve junior non-commissioned officers for their overall performance, dedication and commitment to Reserve service and to promote interoperability between the ADF and NZDF.

The Tasman Scheme allows selected ADF Reserve junior officers and junior non-commissioned officers to travel to New Zealand for up to a two-week secondment with a NZ military unit, preferably of capability similar to that of the ADF Reserve member’s unit.

Any Navy, Army or Air Force reservist of the substantive rank of Lance Corporal (E) and Corporal (E), and for junior officers Sub Lieutenant (Navy), Lieutenant / Second Lieutenant (Army), or Flying Officer / Pilot Officer (RAAF), with a minimum of three years of Reserve service is eligible to be nominated for the Tasman Scheme by their Commanding Officer or Officer Commanding.

How to apply

Applications are called for annually, through internal Defence communication channels. A competitive selection process is used to decide the winners of this award.

You can be nominated for the Tasman Scheme if you satisfy a number of criteria.

You must be:

  • an Army, Navy or Air Force reservist (SERCATs 3-5, depending on your service)
  • substantive rank of Lieutenant (E), Corporal (E), Lance Corporal (E) or Private Proficient (E); and
  • a serving member, with at least three consecutive years of effective Reserve service including the period prior to nomination.

Submit your application for the Tasman Scheme

Serial Action Time Frame
1 Publicise Tasman Scheme September to December
2 Draft aaplication By 31 March
3 Submit application By 30 April
4 Review applications and conduct interviews May to June
5 Head JSSD approval By 30 June
6 Tasman Scheme secondments Post 01 July

Reservists can access further information about the Tasman Scheme through their unit chain-of-command, or by contacting the Defence Reserves Support Policy and International Engagement team on 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362) or


Last update: Monday, May 16, 2022

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