How to apply

Winners and finalists for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards were announced at the official ceremony on 28 March 2018. Nominations for the 2019 awards will open later this year. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates on the Awards, including when nominations open for 2019.

Hear from some of our 2018 Awards finalists and winners on the value that veterans can bring to organisations of all sizes.

Key dates

Key dates for the 2019 Awards will be announced later this year.

2018 Awards

  • 6 September 2017 – nominations open
  • 22 December 2017 – nominations close
  • February 2018 – judging of nominations
  • Early March 2018 – all nominees will be advised of the outcome of their nomination. Finalists will be contacted to make arrangements for their attendance at the awards ceremony in Canberra
  • 28 March 2018 – winners announced and conferral of awards at official ceremony in Canberra

Categories

Organisations

Please review the hints for addressing nomination criteria for categories that recognise organisations (PDF 470 KB) for guidance in preparing your nomination.

Leadership in Recruitment of Veterans

  • Demonstrated excellence in recruitment, hiring and onboarding veterans into their work places.
  • Innovative approaches to marketing and “reach out” to attract veterans to the organisation.
  • Influencing and advocating the recruitment of veterans by other organisations.

Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Large Business

  • Demonstrated commitment to employing veterans, as evidenced by policies that support the recruitment of veterans.
  • Demonstrated excellence in the management and retention of veterans through innovative training programs, ongoing mentoring and engagement programs.

Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Small to Medium-Sized Business

  • Demonstrated commitment to employing veterans, as evidenced by policies that support the recruitment of veterans.
  • Demonstrated excellence in the management and retention of veterans through innovative training programs, ongoing mentoring and engagement programs.

Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Public Sector Organisation

  • Demonstrated commitment to employing veterans as evidenced by the relative number of veterans in the workforce.
  • Demonstrated excellence in the management and retention of veterans through innovative training programs, ongoing mentoring and engagement programs.
  • Policies that support veterans’ employment.

Excellence in Supporting Spouse Employment

  • Demonstrated excellence in attraction, recruitment, hiring and retention of military spouses.
  • Demonstrated commitment in supporting military spouses’ careers through serving members’ postings, deployments etc. through policies, support services and mobility programs.
  • Evidence of collaboration with ADF support organisations (Defence Families of Australia, Defence Community Organisation, Department of Veterans’ Affairs etc.) to develop a robust and sustainable support model for military spouses.

Recruitment, Specialist and Not-for-Profit Organisations

Please review the hints for addressing criteria for the category that recognises recruitment, specialist and not-for-profit organisations (PDF 377 KB) for guidance in preparing your nomination.

Excellence in Supporting Veterans’ Employment

  • Demonstrated excellence in support provided and outcomes achieved.
  • Evidence of client (veteran) satisfaction with service.

Individuals

Please review the hints for addressing nomination criteria for categories that recognise individuals (PDF 349 KB) for guidance in preparing your nomination.

Veteran Employee of the Year

  • Achievements within the organisation, including specific outcomes achieved.
  • Demonstrated evidence that the nominee’s military skills are valued and have been utilised in their current employment.
  • Supporting evidence from the nominee’s supervisor, management or Board of their contribution.

Other categories

Two Awards will be presented that are not open for nominations.

The Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation to Veterans’ Employment will recognise the standout winner from the categories listed under organisations.

The Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to Veterans’ Employment will be selected from a list compiled from suggestions invited directly from the Government, business and veteran communities.

Terms and Conditions

Nominations must be made in accordance with the Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Awards Terms and Conditions.