Nominated by reservist employees, the Employer Support Awards (ESA) are designed to formally recognise those employers who have demonstrated their commitment to supporting reservists in their workplace. While the awards program does not provide any financial or commercial gain to employers, it does offer the chance to give employers the formal public recognition they deserve.
Defence collects the personal information requested in this form for the purpose of conducting an Employer Engagement Activity, namely the Employer Support Awards. The information provided will be used to assess an employer’s suitability to receive an award. The information requested is provided voluntarily, and is not required by or under any Australian law.
This form will be reviewed and assessed against other employers in the same category, by a selection board of senior and executive members of Defence, to determine the winner at both a State/Territory and national level. When submitting your nomination, you should provide relevant information, and examples of how your employer has supported you throughout the submission period.
All nominations are subject to Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001 checks prior to progressing to the selection board. Should your nomination result in a category win at your State/Territory Employer Support Awards, your nomination will then be considered within the national pool of nominations for the National Employer Support Awards.
It is perfectly acceptable to seek assistance from your chain of command or employer when completing the nomination, to expand and enhance it in ways that will strengthen and differentiate it from other supportive employer nominations.
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- Small Private: Organisations with 0-19 employees that are not state controlled and run by individuals and companies, for profit.
- Medium Private: Organisations with 20-199 employees that are not state controlled and run by individuals and companies, for profit.
- Large Private: Organisations with 200+ employees that are not state controlled and run by individuals and companies, for profit.
- Not for Profit: Organisations that provide services to the community and do not operate to make a profit for its members, or shareholders.
- Public Sector: Organisations of federal, state and territory governments which include agencies, statutory bodies and government owned corporations.
- Public Sector (Department of Defence): For internal Department of Defence employed reservists only.
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For example, have changes to rosters or staffing been required? Has your Defence service affected productivity, workloads, sales or profit? Has your employer demonstrated outside the box support to your Defence service?
In the latest calendar year, how or to what extent have you been able to apply your training/skills/experience from your Defence service to enhance your effectiveness with your civilian employer?
This could include the total number of days and a breakdown by days on various tasks, courses, exercises, deployments etc. Try to avoid acronyms and abbreviations.