Thousands of ex-service men and women across Far North Queensland are set to benefit from a new initiative to connect them with employment opportunities.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said a new Veterans Employment Commitment will be rolled out to businesses that want to benefit from the skills and experience of Australia’s veterans.
He said the Veterans Employment Commitment forms part of the federal government’s suite of measures to recognise and respect veterans as we mark the conclusion of the Centenary of ANZAC.
“Far North Queenslanders have enormous respect for the service of our veterans. Many employers already recognise the value of the skills and experiences of our veterans,” Mr Entsch said.
“We want to translate Australia’s culture of respect for veterans into action. Simply put, hiring a veteran is good for business.
“The Veterans Employment Commitment will clearly identify businesses that provide career opportunities to veterans, that upskill and mentor them and that are focused on how to retain them.”
Mr Entsch said the federal government had listened to the calls to help our ex-service men and women when they transition from the defence forces into the civilian workforces.
“By connecting veterans to employers we can make the transition that bit easier,” he said.
“Businesses that sign the commitment will be listed on the official website, have their details shared with veterans looking for work and through networking events, as well as be able to use the commitment logo to advertise their support,” he said.
“The commitment, combined with the new Veterans’ Covenant, Australian Veterans’ Card and lapel pin, are all designed to bring governments and businesses together to support the veterans of today and tomorrow.
“The Department of Veterans’ Affairs will ensure businesses meet their obligations set out in the commitment and businesses will be asked to recommit every two years.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government wanted to translate Australia’s culture of respect for veterans into action.
“Employers across the country are hunting for the sorts of skills and experience our service men and women gain through their service,” Mr Morrison said.
“Our government has heard the calls to help our ex-service men and women when they transition from the armed forces into the private and public workforces.
“By connecting veterans to employers through this initiative we can make the transition that bit easier.”
For further information visit www.veteransemployment.gov.au