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Prime Minister's Veterans Employment Awards 2019
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Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year
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Veteran Employee of the Year
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Veterans Employer of the Year – Large
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Veterans Employer of the Year – Medium
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Veterans Employer of the Year – Small
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Excellence in Supporting Veterans Employment
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Excellence in Supporting Spouse Employment
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Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG

Tactics learned in the military are easily transferred into the boardroom and to the business area. Ben Roberts-Smith VC, MG

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Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK AFC (Ret’d)

Their professionalism, self-discipline, dedication and ability to work in teams makes our defence personnel stand out. Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK AFC (Ret’d)

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Steve "Commando" Willis

"Defence force personnel take pride in their work, and everything they do, which makes them highly sought after by employers." - Steve "Commando" Willis

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Know an outstanding business that employs veterans?
Nominate them for the Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Awards

Men and women of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) are highly trained, diligent, professional and adaptable. These skills, abilities and behaviours make them valuable employees in business. Has your organisation gained a competitive edge by hiring veterans? Or are you a veteran or an ADF spouse who feels supported by your employer in the workplace? Or perhaps you turned your military skills towards entrepreneurship and started your own business? If this sounds like you, a veteran you know or your organisation, nominate now for the Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate Australian businesses that support and employ veterans and ADF spouses, as well as veterans who are making significant contributions to their workplace.

Each year, around 6,000 people leave the ADF and the Government's aim is to ensure our ADF members can transition to civilian life and find meaningful and sustainable employment.

The Awards are part of the Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Program which was launched in November 2016 to raise awareness of the extensive talents of our veterans and to encourage the private sector to take advantage of this expertise.

The award categories open for nominations are:

  • Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Veteran Employee of the Year
  • Veterans' Employer of the Year — Large
  • Veterans' Employer of the Year — Medium
  • Veterans' Employer of the Year — Small
  • Excellence in Supporting Veterans' Employment
  • Excellence in Supporting Spouse Employment

To nominate an employer, your own organisation, a veteran employee, or yourself for an award, visit veteransemployment.gov.au/awards. Nominations close at 5:00 pm on Thursday, 29 November 2018. 

Veterans share their stories

Krishaan Wright — Program and Portfolio Manager, EY

You know that (ADF) person is going to have a good set of leadership experiences and has been trusted with responsibility from a very early time in their career.

Krishaan graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1996 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Following graduation, Krishaan qualified to become a C-130 Hercules pilot. He was a lead advisor on the implementation of software driven operations management systems and later became a Strategic Advisor to senior leadership groups in Defence. His transition from the Air Force was planned and, with Defence support, he was successful in obtaining a job with EY. Krishaan has worked as a Program and Portfolio Manager at EY since late 2015, where his work focuses on advising clients how best to solve project problems and issues.

 
 
 

Cherie-Ann Bourghouts — Business Owner, Indira Organics

Employers receive an asset with so much training and experience. They get someone who is motivated and eager to do a great job.

Cherie-Ann joined the Air Force in 1997 and studied at the Australian Defence Force Academy, receiving her Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree from UNSW (ADFA) in 2000. During her 20 years of service she was deployed to Iraq and was responsible for Airfield Engineering and Engineering capability across 12 major RAAF bases in Australia. On transferring to the Air Force Reserves, Cherie-Ann attended ADF Transition Seminars, received career coaching and successfully applied to undertake The Prince's Charities "Lead your Own Business" career transition course. Cherie-Ann is now using her skills and experience to complement her business training in developing her own organic skincare company, "Indira Organics" in Queensland.

 
 
 

Joel Sardi — Candidate Liaison Officer, Ironside Recruitment

Ex-service men and women are great potential employees for a civilian employer. We come with a great set of values and skills. We are diligent, disciplined, respectful and professional.

Joel joined the Army in 2011 as a rifleman and served for five years in 7 RAR, which included a deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2013. A keen sportsman, Joel represented the Army at national and inter-service AFL tournaments. Following a non-service related accident in August 2014, Joel sustained a serious spinal injury and is now a quadriplegic. Joel was supported by Defence during the transition process and began a placement at Ironside Recruitment in September 2015. He is now a Candidate Liaison Officer at Ironside, assisting and supporting other former ADF members to find civilian employment.

 
 
 

Renae Docherty — Integrated Logistics & Systems Support Manager, Northrop Grumman

Employers receive an asset with so much training and experience. They get someone who is motivated and eager to do a great job.

Renae joined the Army in October 2003. After her initial training at Kapooka she went on to develop hands-on skills in the finance and personnel fields in Army Pay Corps. During her Army career Renae deployed to Afghanistan and on return to Australia was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2. Renae received transition support from Defence when she left the Army to begin her civilian career. Renae is now an Integrated Logistics and Systems Support Manager with Northrop Grumman, a leading global security company, and is responsible for procurement, inventory, repairs and supply chain planning.

 
 
 

Richard Gorey — Manager Operations & Business, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Skills that I have learned in the Australian Defence Force, as I have progressed through the ranks, have helped me greatly in my civilian employment.

Richard Gorey continues his Defence service today as a Petty Officer Diver in the Navy Reserve. His experience over more than two decades as a Navy diver has taught him leadership, time and organisational management skills that are highly valued and employed every day in his job with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services in Brisbane. As an Inspector and Manager of Operations and Business, Richard has a hands-on role managing events and resources, including multi-million dollar development projects.

 
 

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