Awards and Recognition
Important update: All employer engagement activities are conducted in a manner consistent with the current government guidance in relation to COVID-19 precautions. This may involve changes or postponement at short-notice if required.
Please continue to engage with us through our website and our team by calling 1800DEFENCE.
Recognising the supportive civilian employers of our ADF Reserves capability is a priority for Defence. Our Employer Support Awards continue to be conducted annually in each state and territory in accordance with the current government COVID-19 guidelines.
Reservists, please nominate your supportive employer at: How to nominate
Employer Support Awards
The Employer Support Awards are designed to formally recognise civilian employers committed to supporting reservists in their workplace. They acknowledge employers that have gone above and beyond for their reservist employees, either over a sustained period or for a special effort to enable the member to complete their Reserve commitments.
The Awards are very well received in the business community and the public sector. While the award program does not provide any direct financial or commercial gain to employers, it does offer the chance to give employers the formal public recognition they deserve.
The Employer Support Awards are made at the state/territory and national level. The categories are small, medium and large private sector, public sector, and not-for-profit.
The Awards will be announced across the country in the following regions:
- Northern Territory and Kimberley
- New South Wales
- Australian Capital Territory and South East NSW
- Western Australia
2021 Employer support award dates
|State||ESA Nominations Close||ESA Announcement|
|ACT & SE NSW||Closed||25 March 21|
|TAS||Closed||13 April 21|
|VIC||Closed||22 September 21|
|QLD||30 June 21||2 September 21|
|NT||09 July 21||TBC|
|WA||15 July 21||27 August 21|
|NSW||17 July 21||26 August 21|
|SA||21 July 21||8 September 21|
How to nominate
Any serving reservists can nominate their employer for recognition in their state or territory.
Nominate your supportive employer by completing the Employer Support Award Nomination Form.
For further information on the Employer Support Awards please contact our Regional Engagement team at 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362) or email@example.com
Prince of Wales Award
Important update: To ensure Defence is compliant with the current government guidance on COVID-19. All 2020 Prince of Wales Award recipients have been asked to postpone any training or international courses until further notice.
The Scheme seeks to reward selected ADF reservists and their civilian employers for their dedication and commitment to ADF service by providing an opportunity for reservists to undertake a training or development activity that is related to and directly benefits their civilian occupation or profession.
ADF reservists, who hold a substantive rank of Leading Seaman/Corporal to Lieutenant Commander/Major/Squadron Leader (regardless of trade or specialisation), may apply for the Scheme, provided they meet the eligibility criteria.
The experience and knowledge gained from a successful activity will provide ongoing benefits to the civilian employer and workplace. The scheme also promotes cooperation and support between Defence and civilian employers.
The activity undertaken is not prescriptive, and may comprise:
- a training course either held virtually or in Australia
- attendance at a national or international conference or symposium, or
- an attachment or placement with a civilian employer.
How to apply
Nominations are called for annually, through internal communication channels.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:
- be a Navy, Army, or Air Force reservist (SERCATs 3-5);
- hold substantive rank of Corporal (E) to Major (E);
- be a serving member, with at least three years of effective Reserve service; and
- be declared ‘efficient’ in the financial year of application.
Applications for this award are developed in close cooperation with the support and endorsement of the Reserve member’s civilian employer.
|1||Publicise Prince of Wales Award (POWA) Scheme and call for applications||August to September|
|2||Develop applications||August to October|
|3||Submit applications||By 31 October|
|4||Review applications and conduct selection board||By end November|
|5||Applicants advised||By end January|
|6||POWA presentations (state/territory ESA)||Within 12 months (by Dec of year awarded)|
|7||POWA activities||Within 18 months (by June 30 of following year)|
|8||POWA Post Activity Report||Within 30 days following completion of activity|
Submit your nomination for the Prince of Wales Award.
Reservists can access further information about the POWA through their unit chain-of-command, or by contacting the National Priority & Planning team on 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Important update: To ensure Defence is compliant with the current government guidance on COVID-19, the Tasman Scheme is on hold until further notice.
The Tasman Scheme is a bilateral personnel activity between the ADF and the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).
The Scheme seeks to reward selected ADF Reserve junior officers and ADF Reserve junior non-commissioned officers for their overall performance, dedication and commitment to Reserve service and to promote interoperability between the ADF and NZDF.
The Tasman Scheme allows selected ADF Reserve junior officers and junior non-commissioned officers to travel to New Zealand for up to a two-week secondment with a NZ military unit, preferably of capability similar to that of the ADF Reserve member’s unit.
Any Navy, Army or Air Force reservist of the substantive rank of Lance Corporal (E) and Corporal (E), and for junior officers Sub Lieutenant (Navy), Lieutenant / Second Lieutenant (Army), or Flying Officer / Pilot Officer (RAAF), with a minimum of three years of Reserve service is eligible to be nominated for the Tasman Scheme by their Commanding Officer or Officer Commanding.
How to apply
Applications are called for annually, through internal Defence communication channels. A competitive selection process is used to decide the winners of this award.
You can be nominated for the Tasman Scheme if you satisfy a number of criteria.
You must be:
- an Army, Navy or Air Force reservist (SERCATs 3-5, depending on your service)
- substantive rank of Lieutenant (E), Corporal (E), Lance Corporal (E) or Private Proficient (E); and
- a serving member, with at least three consecutive years of effective Reserve service including the period prior to nomination.
Submit your application for the Tasman Scheme
|1||Publicise Tasman Scheme||September to December|
|2||Draft aaplication||By 31 March|
|3||Submit application||By 30 April|
|4||Review applications and conduct interviews||May to June|
|5||Head JSSD approval||By 30 June|
|6||Tasman Scheme secondments||Post 01 July|
Reservists can access further information about the Tasman Scheme through their unit chain-of-command, or by contacting the Defence Reserves Support Policy and International Engagement team on 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362)or email@example.com
Last update: Tuesday, 7 September 2021