Supportive Employer Program

The Supportive Employer Program recognises the contribution made by organisations and employers who support the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) mission and the role that ADF reservists play in advancing Australia’s national interests.

Organisations and employers can express their interest in applying to join the program by contacting their regional Defence Reserves and Employer Support team (see below for details). As the program is currently being piloted, once an expression of interest is received, we will provide you with progress update of the Supportive Employer Program. Once the program has completed its pilot phase, we will meet with you to provide a formal induction into the program and explain your responsibilities as an employer of reservists and the ongoing support Defence can provide.

As a supportive employer and upon launch of the program, you will receive a supportive employer toolkit which contains a range of resources including a copy of the Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act, a leave policy template to help you develop a supportive reserve leave policy, information on the Employer Support Payment Scheme and upcoming employer engagement opportunities.

Once you have completed the induction and been admitted into the program you will also receive a certificate that recognises your organisation as being a Supportive Employer of ADF reserves.

You will be provided with the Supportive Employer logo to display on your organisation’s website and in the workplace to demonstrate your corporate responsibility through your support of the ADF.

In return, this website will display the logo of all Supportive Employer organisations to recognise the support they provide. An organisation does not have to be a current or former employer of ADF reservists to be recognised as a Supportive Employer.

How to apply

Interested organisations and employers can express their interest in the Supportive Employer Program by emailing, referencing your state or region.

For general support regarding regional engagement activities and the Employer Support Awards, please email Please clearly identify, within the Subject line, which state you are contacting. This will ensure your correspondence is directed to the appropriate regional DRES representative.

Last update: Friday, October 1, 2021

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