Employer Support Awards : National Jun 2018

Westpac wins Employer Support Award for unwavering support of Defence Reservists

Westpac has been recognised for its support of Australia’s Defence Force Reservists who balance civilian work duties with serving the nation’s armed forces.

Westpac, an employer of Australian Defence Force Reservists, was awarded the 2018 Employer Support Award (Large Private Business category) by the Defence Reserves Support Council (DRSC) last night at the Australia War Memorial.

The award recognises Westpac as a “Reservist-friendly” organisation due to its provision of continued and significant support to Reservist employees.

Westpac employee, and Australian Army Reservist, Nic Kenter, nominated Westpac for its steadfast support, commitment, and their accommodating manner for his training and operational requirements.

“Westpac recognises the unique training a Reservist undertakes and the value that such training brings back into the organisation. They recognise the leadership, initiative and team work experience that is brought back into the civilian workplace. Employing a manager with military command experience is definitely seen as a plus,” said Captain Nic Kenter, one of two Reservists who nominated Westpac for the award.

“Westpac’s leave policies and flexibility have allowed me to be an active Army Reservist. My supervisor has just signed off on an additional two weeks leave so I can participant in Exercise Hamel 2018.”

In 2017 Westpac updated its Defence Leave Policy – doubling the amount of paid leave a Defence Reservist can take for military training from 10 days a year to 20 days a year.

Westpac Consumer Bank Chief Executive and Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment Chairman George Frazis said the National Employer Support Awards are a great opportunity to showcase the work of Reservists and the organisations they work for.

“As a veteran, I find it incredibly humbling for Westpac to be recognised at an event which celebrates the commitment of organisations across Australia to support Reservists,” Mr Frazis said.

“Reservists are resilient, determined and special - they bring a unique skill to corporate workplaces and we’re very fortunate to have quite a few working with us at Westpac.

“Westpac Group employs around 400 veterans, Reservists and spouses right across the business and we want to see this number grow. We see the value these employees bring to Westpac – they are highly skilled, dedicated individuals with strong leadership, team work and problem solving capabilities.

“Westpac Group has a wonderful legacy of supporting Reservists and we are committed to making it easier for them to take their next career step with us, and have dual careers. Today we are focused on attracting and retaining veterans, Reserves and spouse across our business, and also encouraging our employees to join the Reserves and learn a different set of skills that can help in corporate life.

Our main priority is creating more employment opportunities for people who want flexibility in their employment, whether that’s in customer-facing roles or other parts of our business and realise how transferable the skills are that they will acquire to benefit both their role at Westpac and with Defence. This is a great opportunity for all employers to tap into. ”

The DRSC works to ensure a flexible and supportive partnership between the community, employers, Reservists, the Australian Defence Force, and all levels of government.

Head Reserve and Youth Division, Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer, said the awards ceremony enables the DRSC and Department of Defence the opportunity to acknowledge employers who have been particularly supportive of their Reservist employees.

“Employers nominated for these awards have been acknowledged by their Reservist employees. It is a huge testament to these organisations to be seen by their staff members as employers of choice.” Rear Admiral Kafer said.

The 2018 Employer Support Award winners:

Private Sector Small Business: Greg Beh Pty Ltd (QLD)
Private Sector Medium Business: Horizon Christian School (SA)
Private Sector Large Business: Westpac Banking Corporation (NSW)
Public Sector: Country Health SA (SA)
Not for Profit Sector: Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council (QLD).

Award winners of the Defence Reserves Support Council Employer Support Awards, held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

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