The Supportive Employer Program recognises the contribution made by organisations and employers who support the Australian Defence Force’s mission and the role that ADF reservists play in advancing Australia’s national interests.

As a supportive employer, you will receive a supportive employer toolkit which contains a range of resources including a copy of the Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act, a leave policy template to help you develop a supportive Reserve leave policy, information on the Employer Support Payment Scheme and upcoming employer engagement opportunities.

Once you have completed the induction and been admitted into the program you will also receive a certificate that recognises your organisation as being a Supportive Employer of ADF Reserves.

You’ll be provided with the Supportive Employer logo to display on your organisation’s website and in the workplace to demonstrate your corporate responsibility through your support of the ADF.

In return, this website will display the logo of all Supportive Employer organisations to recognise the support they provide. An organisation does not have to be a current or former employer of ADF reservists to be recognised as a Supportive Employer.

How do I apply?

The Supportive Employer Program is currently undergoing a redevelopment. However, interested organisations and employers can express their interest in the Supportive Employer Program by contacting

Employer Support Payment Scheme

Online Claims System