Reservists salute supportive employers

Supportive employers and their Reservist employees converged on the National Arboretum, Canberra recently for the Defence Reserves Support Council (DRSC) ACT and South East NSW Employer Support Awards.
Held annually, the aim of the Awards night is to recognise employers from across the region who ‘go above and beyond’ to support Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reservist employees.
Winners of the Award categories were:
• Small Business: U Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates, Unanderra & Wollongong
• Medium Business: Apis Group, Canberra
• Large Business: KPMG, Canberra
• Not for Profit: Ainslie Out of School Hours Care, Canberra
• Public Sector: ACT Ambulance, Canberra
Unanderra and Wollongong- based U Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates were recognised for their support to Flight Lieutenant (FLTLT) Susan Pescud throughout her seven years in the Air Force Reserves.

“The company has really supported me over the years. They have released me to support various ADF commitments including the 2017 Invictus Games in Canada and ADF Cricket Team international tours,” FLTLT Pescud said.


Management consulting firm Apis Group was recognised for supporting Army Reservist Sergeant (SGT) Ian Donnelly.


SGT Donnelly first started work for Apis in 2015 and to support his Reservist career, Apis Group implemented two weeks’ paid Defence leave each financial year.


“This has allowed me to complete my promotion courses to further my Defence career, instruct on a number of training blocks for the Army Reserve First Appointment Course with Sydney University Regiment and attend the 5 Brigade exercise Telopea Run with 1/19 Royal NSW Regiment,” SGT Donnelly said.


The breadth of support to more than 27 active Reservists across all management levels prompted the DRSC ACT and South East NSW to award KPMG Canberra the Large Business category.
Nominating Reservists Captain Daniel Dijs and Private (PTE) Glenn Foster have completed a total of 14 weeks Reserve service in the past 12 months and KPMG has fully supported them in these commitments.


Ainslie Out of School Hours Care caters for 120 children. Care is provided in before and after school care in addition to holiday programs. The service was recognised for its support to PTE Lachlan Fittler through his initial training and continued support of his regular military commitments.


“Since joining the Reserves I have gained more confidence in my civilian employment. I feel my teaching background has also assisted me absorb the large amount of new information provided on joining the Army Reserve,” PTE Fittler said.


Combat Paramedic PTE Matthew Smith nominated his civilian employer, ACT Ambulance, for its sustained support of his Reserve service.


“ACT Ambulance provided six weeks military leave to complete Defence training requirements and additional entitlements so I could complete my initial training,” PTE Smith said.


Head Reserve and Youth Division, Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer, said the employers acknowledged at the awards ceremony had all been nominated by their employees.


“It is a huge testament to these businesses to be acknowledged by their Reservist employees as employers of choice,” Rear Admiral Kafer said.
Employing a Reservist makes good business sense. As well as the personal attributes Reservists bring to a workplace, there is a range of incentives on offer for support to employers.


For more information about the Defence Reserves Support Council visit: www.defencereservessupport.gov.au

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