Four exceptional employers have been recognised for their support of Australian Defence Force Reservists at the National Employer Support Awards in Canberra overnight.
Representing the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, at the award ceremony was Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann MP.
Ms Brodtmann thanked the winners for the outstanding support provided to employees who choose to serve in the Reserves.
“Your contribution to national security and the national interest is greatly appreciated,” Ms Brodtmann said.
Guest speaker at the awards ceremony was Victoria Cross for Australia recipient and Army Reservist, Corporal Daniel Keighran, VC.
Corporal Keighran joined the Australian Army in 2000 and transferred to the Active Reserve in 2011, at the same time beginning a civilian career in the mining industry in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. In November 2012, he became Australia’s 99th recipient of the Victoria Cross.
The award winners joined with military personnel on the night to hear Corporal Keighran speak about his experiences as an Army member, a Reservist and a civilian employee.
Flinders Medical Centre Emergency Department won the Public Sector Category. Accepting the award was Nursing Director, Naomi Heinrich.
“This award is great recognition for Flinders Medical Centre Emergency Department,” Ms Heinrich said.
“At Flinders Medical, we employ a number of Reservists and are happy to release them if and when they are called for service.
"The training provided to our employees, whilst being active Reservists, has given them leadership, problem solving and decision making skills that have transferred extremely well back into the workplace," she said.
Ms Brodtmann also took the opportunity to present Employer Support Awards to several Australian Capital Territory and south-eastern New South Wales businesses. ADT Security, Slaven Mazda, Cooma Mobile Mechanics and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service were recognised for their continuing support of Reservists.
The 2013 National Employer Support Award winners are:
- Small Business – Secure Bits Pty Ltd – Victoria
- Medium Business – Defence Health Ltd – Victoria
- Large Business – Bankwest– Western Australia
- Public Sector category – Flinders Medical Centre Emergency Department – South Australia