Awards and Recognition

Employer Awards


What are they?

The Employer Support Awards acknowledge the contributions made by employers of Reservists. The Defence Reserves Support Council sponsors the awards, which publicly recognise employers at the State and Territory level.

The awards program doesn't provide any financial or commercial gain to the employers but does provide formal recognition of their support for Reservists.

How are employers nominated?

If you're a serving Reservist, you can nominate your employer for possible selection by the State / Territory Council.

What types of awards are available?

Recognition of Support Certificates

Recognition of Support Certificates will be presented to employers who are nominated by their Reservist employees as being supportive of their serving as a member of the Reserve. The Commanding Officer of the Reservist's unit presents the certificate at a function supported by DRSC.

State / Territory Employer Support Awards

State / Territory Employer Support Awards are presented to employers, who have provided continued and significant support to their Reservist employee(s). (This is decided by the local State DRSC and Defence Reserves Support.) How the award is presented is decided by the State /Territory chairperson.

When do nominations close?

Each State and Territory holds its award ceremony at a different time of the year.

Listed below are the dates for State and Territories Award presentations:

State/Territory Nominations Required Date of Awards
Queensland N/A 9 May 19
Tasmania N/A 3 Apr 2020
Northern Territory and Kimberley 19 Feb 2020 19 Mar 2020
New South Wales N/A 12 Mar 2020
Central Queensland 16 May 18 2 Jun 18
Australian Capital Territory and South East NSW N/A 7 Nov 19
South East Queensland 1 Aug 18 6 Sep 18
Far North Queensland 10 Nov 18 7 Dec 18 (TBC)
North Queensland 15 Oct 18 10 Nov 18 (TBC)
North West Queensland 12 Sep 18 10 Oct 18
(Mt Isa)
Victoria 31 Aug 19 23 Oct 19
Western Australia TBA 21 Nov 19
South Australia N/A 8 Apr 2020

Please note:

Notwithstanding that some nominations are closed or to be advised, you can nominate your boss at anytime for the next awards. In addition your nomination may also be considered for a regional award which in turn may be elevated for a state award and then possibly a national award.

Therefore, if you want to nominate your supportive employer, do it as soon as possible and don't be concerned by the dates listed above. Get additional information on the nomination process by calling 1800 803 485.


Nominate your employer

  1. Fill out the form,
  2. Email to and
  3. We'll contact you to discuss.


Reserve Awards


Prince of Wales Award

The Prince of Wales Award (POWA) allows you as a Reservist to apply for up to $8000 to develop their skills and knowledge in their current civilian job through training and development

The POWA Scheme rewards selected Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reservists for their dedication and commitment to Reserve Service as well as recognising the support their employer gives them as an ADF Reservist.

Applications for the POWA Scheme are called for annually in a DEFGRAM, usually released in October of each year.

Applications generally close in March and awards are announced in June/July of that year.

Reservists can access the latest DEFGRAM on the Defence Intranet.


Training & development types

The POWA covers many types of development and training, including:

  • Australian or overseas courses.
  • Attending Australian or overseas conferences.
  • Attachments to employment-related companies.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you meet all of the following:

  • are an Army, Navy or Air Force Reservist (SERCATs 3-5, depending on your service).
  • are ranked Corporal (E) to Major (E).
  • have a minimum of 3 consecutive years of service in the Reserves.

Need more information?

MILPERSMAN edition 2 Part 8 Chapter 3 (go to page 454)

Prince of Wales Award (PDF, 163kb)

Prince of Wales - Call for Nominations DEFGRAM (PDF, 486Kb)

How to apply

  1. Read the DEFGRAM.
  2. Work with your employer to develop your proposal.
  3. Submit your application IAW the latest DEFGRAM.

Find your local office

PH441 - Prince of Wales Nomination Form (PDF, 124kb)

If you need more information, call 1800 333 362.

Tasman Scheme

Would you like to train with New Zealand Defence Force for 2 weeks?

Commanding Officers may nominate individuals to participate of the Tasman Scheme. It lets you travel to New Zealand and work with a Defence unit similar to your own for 2 weeks.

Nominations are called for annually.

Note: You have to be a Reserve Junior NCO or Junior Officer to participate. This year the scheme has been opened to include Junior Officers from both the ADF and NZDF

Scheme advantages

The Scheme rewards excellence and commitment among Reserve Junior NCOs and Junior Officers.

It also means Australia and New Zealand Reservists can work together when needed, because they've learnt similar skills and have experienced similar training.

Who can be nominated?

You can be nominated to train in New Zealand if you:

  • are an Army, Navy or Air Force Reservist (SERCATs 3-5, depending on your service)
  • are ranked Lance Corporal (E) or Corporal (E), or LT (E)
  • have a minimum of 3 consecutive years of service in the Reserves.

Need more information?

1800 803 485

The Defence Reserves Association (DRA) supports the scheme.

Find your local office

Also refer to DEFGRAM 344/2018 available on DRN/DPN.

AE350 - Tasman Scheme Nomination Form (PDF, 90kb)



Last update: Wednesday, 13 November 2019

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