Employer Support Awards: ACT Oct 2017

Awards recognise supportive ACT employers

More than 70 supportive employers and their Reservist employees converged on the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra last month for the Defence Reserves Support Council (DRSC) ACT and South East NSW Employer Support Awards.

Held annually, the aim of the awards is to recognise employers who have ‘gone that extra mile’ to support their Australian Defence Force Reservist employees.

VCDF Vice Admiral Ray Griggs with PwC who were congratulated for their innovative support to ADF current and former serving Reservist members.
VCDF, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs with PWC who were congratulated for their innovative support to ADF current and former serving Reservist members.

Winners of the Award categories were:

  • Private Sector Small Business - AV Super
  • Private Sector Large Business - Wilson Security
  • Public Sector - Australian Maritime Safety Authority
  • Recognition for Innovative Support to Current and Previous Serving ADF Reservists - Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • Prince of Wales Award recipients – LT Mervyn Ng

Army Reservist Gunner Kong Lau nominated his employer AV Super, a Canberra based financial firm, for their outstanding level of support.

“Since joining the Army Reserve, I have participated in numerous training activities, with the past year being no exception, as I completed two block exercises and numerous training days,” he said.

As a Member Advice Consultant, GNR Lau is responsible for conducting financial planning and providing high level advice to a variety of different clients.

During his multiple lengthy absences AV Super was required to cover Kong’s responsibilities and of course continue running the business.

Private Jared Hallaron nominated his employer Wilson Security for their ongoing support and flexible approach to his Reserve Service. Wilson Security is a large business, with Jared working as a Security Officer at the Australian War Memorial.

“I particularly appreciated Wilson’s acknowledgement of my commitments and service on Anzac Day, this year. I was working that day as a Security Officer for the Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial and was encouraged, along with other current and ex serving service personnel, to wear our Medals while we worked,” PTE Hallaron said.

“This may seem like a small gesture to allow us to wear our medals, but it was Wilson Security’s empathy and support of my service which further highlighted their commitment and support to service personnel within their employ.”

Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Luke Pugsley nominated his employer, Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for their commitment to the ADF Reserves.

LT Pugsley has served in the RANR for 10 years and said he was extremely grateful to be working for an employer that had a culture which encouraged employees to aspire and achieve their service goal.

“This has allowed me to support a multitude of activities leading up to and including the participation in Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017, a Joint bilateral (Australian and US) combined exercise.

“AMSA’s flexible approach and supportive ADF leave policies has enabled me to contribute to ADF capability.”

The Chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council ACT & SE NSW Ms Anne Lyons also paid tribute to Price Waterhouse Cooper Canberra for their innovative support to current and previous Reservists.

“PwC Canberra has a generous Reserve leave policy while also providing access to additional days as necessary for travel and/or medical appointments. Reservists continue to accrue other forms of leave when absent from the workplace on Reserve service,” Ms Lyons said.

PwC is active in ensuring that its Reservists suffer no detriment or disadvantage from their Reserve service and are recognised for the dedication and skills that they bring to the workplace.

“Of particular note is that PwC has established an internal community for former serving members and Reservists where ideas are shared and friendships are made. The community meets regularly offering support, career guidance, and a networking opportunity to see how their Reserve service is a value-add,” she said.

Employing a Reservist makes good business sense. As well as the personal attributes Reservists bring to a workplace, there is a range of support available to employers.

VCDF Vice Admiral Ray Griggs with Mr Nick Lemon (AMSA), LEUT Luke Pugsley and DRSC ACT&SE NSW Chair Ms Anne Lyons.
Vice Admiral Ray Griggs with Mr Nick Lemon (AMSA), LEUT Luke Pugsley and DRSC ACT&SE NSW Chair Ms Anne Lyons.

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