Benefits of Employing Reservists

Reservists are highly trained and effective employees

Australian Defence Force (ADF) reservists are highly trained personnel who bring self-discipline, focus, leadership, and world-class training to any workplace or role.

Reservists develop skills and experience through formal Defence courses, ongoing training, and on the job as they put their skills into practice.

All reservists are trained to:

  • be highly effective communicators
  • display initiative
  • be self-motivated and goal-oriented
  • manage time and resources effectively
  • be self-disciplined and self-reliant
  • operate effectively in a team
  • manage confidently
  • be leaders

Reservists may also receive nationally recognised qualifications as part of their training.

Available training includes (but is not limited to) qualifications in:

  • advanced communications using computer, radio and satellite technology
  • project management
  • contract management
  • performance management
  • workplace health and safety
  • first aid
  • driving and operating vehicles and heavy machinery

Employers of reservists gain access to unique experiences

Defence holds popular employer engagement activities such as:

  • Exercise Executive Stretch (1-2 days)
  • Exercise Boss Lift (3-5 days)

These activities provide employers with the opportunity to experience what reservists do during exercises and deployments both in and outside of Australia.

During these activities, employers may engage in:

  • team-building exercises
  • navigation theory and practice
  • bush-craft
  • communications
  • abseiling and rappelling exercises (challenge by choice)
  • visits to technical training facilities
  • familiarisation with defence capability (ships, planes, tanks etc.)
  • observation of joint service training exercises

Employers of reservists may be eligible to receive financial support

As part of the Employer Support Payment Scheme employers of reservists may be eligible to receive financial assistance when their employee is taking part in Defence service.

Employers of reservists in full-time roles may be eligible for a set weekly payment equivalent to the Full-Time Adult Average Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings (AWOTE) while their employee is rendering Defence service.

  • A pro-rata payment may be made for part-time employees and casual employees may also be considered if their work is regular and reliable.
  • There is no restriction on how a business or self-employed reservist can use these payments.

Employers of reservists are formally recognised

One of the ways reservists can recognise their employer’s support and contribution is by nominating them for an Employer Support Award.

Employer Support Awards are a way to formally recognise employers who have demonstrated commitment to supporting reservists in their workplace. They are well-regarded in the not-for-profit, government, and business sectors across the country.

The Awards are held in each state and territory and feed into the annual National Employer Support Awards held in Canberra each year.

You are supporting Australia and Australians

By supporting the Australian Defence Force Reserves, you are actively contributing to Defence capability and assisting us to support Australia and its national interests.

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Last update: Tuesday, September 7, 2021

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