The Employer Support Awards are designed to formally recognise civilian employers committed to supporting reservists in their workplace. They acknowledge employers that have gone above and beyond for their reservist employees, over a sustained period or for a special effort to enable the member to complete their Reserve commitments.

Employer Support Awards

The Employer Support Awards are designed to formally recognise civilian employers committed to supporting reservists in their workplace. They acknowledge employers that have gone above and beyond for their reservist employees, over a sustained period or for a special effort to enable the member to complete their Reserve commitments.

The Awards are very well received in the business community and the public sector. While the award program does not provide any direct financial or commercial gain to employers, it does offer the chance to give employers the formal public recognition they deserve.

The Employer Support Awards are held in each state and territory and feed into the annual National Employer Support Awards each year. The categories are small, medium and large private sector, public sector, Defence public sector, and not-for-profit.

The Awards will be announced across the country in the following regions:

  • Australian Capital Territory and region
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory and Kimberley region
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

2022 Employer Support Award dates

State/ territory ESA nominations close ESA ceremony
ACT & region 31 May 2022 21 July 2022
NSW 31 May 2022 20 October 2022
NT & Kimberly region 31 May 2022 5 August 2022
QLD 31 May 2022 8 September 2022
SA 31 May 2022 21 September 2022
TAS 31 May 2022 27 July 2022
VIC 31 May 2022 5 October 2022
WA 31 May 2022 18 August 2022

 

How can I nominate my employer?

Nominations for the 2022 Employer Support Awards have now closed. Nominations received 1 June 2022 – 31 May 2023 will be considered in for the 2023 Employer Support Awards.

Any serving reservists can nominate their civilian employer for recognition in their state or territory.

 

Employer Support Award Nomination

 

 

For further information on the Employer Support Awards please contact our Regional Engagement team at 1800 DEFENCE or via the contact us page.


If your organisation also supports veteran employees, their partners or you’re a current serving member, consider nominating your workplace for the Prime Minister’s Veterans Employment Awards. To find out more and nominate, visit the Veterans Employment website.

Prince Of Wales Awards

The scheme seeks to reward SERCAT 3 to 5 personnel (active reservists) and their civilian employers for their dedication and commitment to ADF service. It provides an opportunity for reservists to undertake a training or development activity that is related to and directly benefits their civilian occupation or profession.

The experience and knowledge gained from a successful activity will provide ongoing benefits to the civilian employer and workplace. The scheme also promotes cooperation and support between Defence and civilian employers.

The activity undertaken is not prescriptive, and may comprise:

  • a training course either held in Australia (physical or virtual attendance) or overseas (virtual attendance only)
  • a conference, convention or symposium held in Australia (physical or virtual attendance) or overseas (virtual attendance only).

How do I apply?

Nominations are called for annually through internal communication channels, website publications and via our social media channel.

To be eligible for consideration, you must:

  • be a member of the Reserve in Service Categories (SERCATs) 3 to 5 rendering Defence service (including training)
  • hold substantive rank of:
    • Navy - Leading Seaman to Lieutenant Commander, including Chaplain Division 1 and 2, and Maritime Spiritual Wellbeing Officer Class 1 and 2
    • Army - Corporal to Major
    • Air Force - Corporal to Squadron Leader
  • have rendered a minimum of 20 reserve service days per year in the three financial years immediately prior to their POWA application
  • have not undertaken more than three months Service Option (SERVOP) C (Continuous Full-Time Service) in the 12 months prior to the POWA application closing date
  • remain a SERCAT 3 to 5 member throughout the POWA nomination, selection and award use period
  • not be subject to any disciplinary or adverse administrative action relating to their performance, conduct or behaviour.

Applications for this award are developed in close cooperation with the support and endorsement of the Reserve member’s civilian employer.

Serial Action Time frame

1

Publicise Prince of Wales Award (POWA) Scheme and call for applications

01 to 30 June

2

Develop applications and submit to Unit Commander

01 June to 15 July 

3

Commanders review and endorse POWA applications and submit to Service

15 July to 15 August 

4

Service Headquarters review applicant eligibility and submit POWA application to Joint Services Support Division (JSSD) applications

15 August  to 15 September

5

JSSD POWA Selection Board 

NLT 15 October

6

POWA announcements 

NLT 30 November

7

JSSD POWA Presentation ceremonies

NLT 30 June

8

Undertake POWA activities

Within 18 months (by June 30 of following year)

9

Submit Post Activity Report to JSSD

Within 30 days following completion of activity

 

 

Reservists can access further information about the POWA through their unit chain-of-command, or by the contact us page.

Tasman Scheme

Important update: To make sure Defence is compliant with the current government guidance on COVID-19, the Tasman Scheme is on hold until further notice.

The Tasman Scheme is a bilateral personnel activity between the ADF and the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

The Scheme seeks to reward selected ADF Reserve junior officers and ADF Reserve junior non-commissioned officers for their overall performance, dedication and commitment to Reserve service and to promote interoperability between the ADF and NZDF.

The Tasman Scheme allows selected ADF Reserve junior officers and junior non-commissioned officers to travel to New Zealand for up to a two-week secondment with a NZ military unit, preferably of capability similar to that of the ADF Reserve member’s unit.

Any Navy, Army or Air Force reservist of the substantive rank of Lance Corporal (E) and Corporal (E), and for junior officers Sub Lieutenant (Navy), Lieutenant / Second Lieutenant (Army), or Flying Officer / Pilot Officer (RAAF), with a minimum of three years of Reserve service is eligible to be nominated for the Tasman Scheme by their Commanding Officer or Officer Commanding.

 

How do I apply? 

Applications are called for annually, through internal Defence communication channels. A competitive selection process is used to decide the winners of this award.

You can be nominated for the Tasman Scheme if you satisfy a number of criteria.

You must be:

  • an Army, Navy or Air Force reservist (SERCATs 3-5, depending on your service)
  • substantive rank of Lieutenant (E), Corporal (E), Lance Corporal (E) or Private Proficient (E), and
  • a serving member, with at least three consecutive years of effective Reserve service including the period prior to nomination.

 

 

Serial Action Time frame

1

Publicise Tasman Scheme

September to December

2

Draft application

By 31 March

3

Submit application

By 30 April

4

Review applications and conduct interviews

May to June

5

Head JSSD approval

By 30 June

6

Tasman Scheme secondments

Post 01 July

 

Reservists can access further information about the Tasman Scheme through their unit chain-of-command, or by contacting the Defence Reserves Support Policy and International Engagement team on 1800 DEFENCE or via the contact us page.

 

Employer Support Payment Scheme

Online Claims System