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Excellence in Supporting Spouse Employment

This category is open to organisations of all types and sizes.
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Demonstrated excellence in attraction, recruitment, hiring and retention of military spouses.

Some examples could include, but are not limited to, whether your organisation has:

  • offered internships or work placements/trials for military spouses
  • has introduced flexible working arrangements e.g. virtual, work-from-home, arrangements which support spouse mobility, flexibility to take leave at short notice including uncertified personal leave to attend ADF-related or commemorative events
  • a dedicated HR manager with knowledge of the ADF or military spouse experience or a dedicated recruiting team including on a national basis (where applicable) or practices that yield similar outcomes in a smaller business
  • provided training to your HR personnel and/or other staff to help them understand the typical experience of a military spouse and promote the benefits of employing military spouses (e.g. highly adaptable to new environments, flexible, resilient)
  • established or introduced initiatives informed by military spouses, ADF support and Defence-related organisations
  • established partnerships with ADF support or Defence-related organisations to seek out potential military spouse employees.

Supporting evidence could include, but is not limited to:    

  • statistical information on the number of military spouses working in the organisation relative to total number of employees
  • listing of any partnerships or relationships the organisation has established with ADF support or  Defence-related organisations, military spouses as well as any resulting initiatives developed to connect military spouses with employment opportunities and support them in their employment
  • documented HR policies, guidelines or directives supporting the recruitment of military spouses (this might include flexible working arrangements e.g. virtual, work-from-home, supporting spouse mobility, take leave at short notice including uncertified personal leave to attend ADF related or commemorative events)
  • listing of relevant working groups, committees or forums that the organisation has established and/or participates in
  • documented training programs for HR personnel to understand the typical experience of a military spouse and promote the benefits of employing military spouses (e.g. highly adaptable to new environments, flexible, resilient)
  • positive feedback from users (e.g. non-military spouse staff, successfully employed military spouses) on initiatives or programs developed and/or adopted by the organisation.

Demonstrated commitment in supporting military spouses’ careers through serving members’ postings, deployments etc. through HR policies, support services and mobility programs.

Some examples could include, but are not limited to, whether your organisation has:

  • introduced flexible working arrangements e.g. virtual, work-from-home, arrangements which support spouse mobility, flexibility to take leave at short notice including uncertified personal leave to attend ADF related or commemorative events
  • established feedback mechanisms which enable military spouses to provide their views on support needed and/or support provided
  • introduced or have existing programs which provide military spouses with opportunities to perform different roles across the business.

Supporting evidence could include, but is not limited to:    

  • documented HR policies, support services and mobility programs which support military spouses
  • listing of any partnerships or relationships the organisation has established with ADF support and/or Defence-related organisations as well as any resulting initiatives developed to connect spouses with employment opportunities and support them in their employment
  • positive feedback from military spouse employees on any HR policies, support services and other programs/policies.

Evidence of collaboration with ADF support organisations to develop a robust and sustainable support model for military spouses.

Some examples could include, but are not limited to, whether your organisation has:

  • established partnerships with ADF support organisations including Defence Families of Australia, Defence Community Organisation and other ex-service organisations to inform the support and services you provide to military spouses
  • introduced specific initiatives or improvements in services for military spouses as a result of partnerships with other organisations.

Supporting evidence could include, but is not limited to:  

  • listing of any ADF support, Defence-related organisations and/or military spouses the organisation has collaborated with to inform support and any initiatives or outcomes achieved 
  • publicised partnerships on organisation’s website and any initiatives or improvements established
  • listing of partnerships and any initiatives or improvements established
  • positive feedback from other organisations on the organisation’s collaborative efforts and outcomes achieved.
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