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Meeting of the Industry Advisory Committee

The Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment met on 4 August 2017. Five working groups, established by the Committee to focus on priority areas, presented updates and recommendations for the Committee’s program of work going forward. This will inform the Committee’s report to the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs by the end of September.

The Committee was also updated on the work being done by McKinsey & Company for a group of employers assembled by JP Morgan last year. This work will provide vital evidence and recommendations that will inform the Committee’s work.

A representative of Townsville Enterprise also provided the Committee with information on Townsville’s employment situation and outlook. Townsville has close ties with the Australian Defence Force and an interest in the work of the Committee.

The Committee will next meet to finalise its report to the Minister.

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Industry Advisory Committee meets for the second time

The Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment met for the second time on 16 June 2017. The Committee heard updates on the work being undertaken across the eight priority areas it had identified at its inaugural meeting on 31 March 2017.

The Committee noted progress on data collection and developing the business case for employing veterans. Several working groups have recommended the establishment of an accreditation process for employers and identified the need to facilitate contact between potential employers and transitioning and former ADF members. The Committee also discussed the importance of improving employment opportunities for spouses of serving members and planning for the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Annual Awards.

The Committee acknowledged that there were overlaps in the eight focus areas and agreed to combine work into five priority areas:

  • data, research and targets
  • human resources policies, accreditation, retention, translation of skills
  • communications (branding, awareness, transition seminars, website, job fairs)
  • spouse employment of serving ADF members
  • Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Annual Awards

The Committee was also provided with a demonstration of the Veterans’ Employment Program’s website. This website will provide information about the Program, deliver the Ex-service Organisation Industry Partnership Register and support the Annual Awards.

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Industry Advisory Committee's inaugural meeting

The Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans' Employment held its inaugural meeting in Sydney on 31 March 2017.

At the meeting, the Committee focused on establishing a number of priority areas of focus. These areas include the availability of data on the employment profile of veterans, improving the transition process from the ADF, translating skills and raising awareness of the value that former members of the ADF offer to Australian businesses.

The Committee will form Working Groups to progress its work, and will look to involve other businesses that have expressed interest in the Program.

The next meeting of the Committee will be held in mid-June.

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