2018 Defence Reserves Support Council South Queensland Employer Support Awards - Small Business Award


Photographer: SGT Peter Borys

BJ Hydraulics of Dalby, Queensland has been recognised for its support of Defence Reservists after being awarded the Small Business award at the annual South Queensland Defence Reserves Employer Support Awards event in Brisbane on Wednesday night.
The event, hosted by the South Queensland Defence Reserves Support Council, recognised employers who have been supportive of their Australian Defence Force Reservist employees.
Mr David Johnson, owner of BJ Hydraulics, said being nominated by his employee, Private Johnathan Willett, came as a surprise.
“We have been operating for 25 years. You are not looking for praise, but being a supportive employer is what this company is about. I recognise that by supporting Reservists, we are supporting the wider community. To me it is about the big picture.”
“The Army reserve training has helped shape and grow Johnathon’s confidence. He comes back excited from his training and shares his experiences. He has developed a strong work ethic and that is what this place is built on. It can be hard to find an employee who is willing to do what needs to be done. I can also see the cross transfer of skills between the equipment used within the Army and BJ Hydraulics.”
The Defence Reserves Support Council South Queensland Chair, 
Mr David Metrikas, said it is important we recognise small businesses like 
BJ Hydraulics in supporting Defence Reservists, but also for contributing to the defence of Australia and its national interests.
“BJ Hydraulics employs 15 staff. Over the past two years, the organisation has released Private Willett for over 11 weeks of leave to complete his initial training as well as his participation in a large Exercise. This would have had a direct impact on the business, but owner David Johnson ensured that Private Willis was supported when he returned by adjusting his workloads and priorities”.
The night provided an opportunity for employers to network and discuss their positive experiences of having Reservists amongst their staff. It was also a chance for employers to learn more about the programs that Defence Reserves Support has to offer. The employers gained a better understanding of the many roles that Reservists undertake in the Australian Defence Force and how those skills are transferable to the civilian workplace.

Small Business: BJ Hydraulics
Medium Business: Conrad Garrett
Large Business: Prosegur Security
Public Sector: Queensland Ambulance Service
Not-For-Profit: Brisbane Catholic Education

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