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 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

2023 Employer Support Award dates

State/ territory ESA nominations close ESA ceremony
ACT & region 31 May 2023 July 2023
NSW 31 May 2023 July 2023
NT & Kimberly region 31 May 2023 July 2023
QLD 31 May 2023 August 2023
VIC 31 May 2023 August 2023
SA 31 May 2023 September 2023
WA 31 May 2023 September 2023
TAS 31 May 2023 October 2023
National Awards   November 2023


Nominations for the Employer Support Awards 2023 have now closed.

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

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.

Applications must be submitted via their relevant service headquarters for final endorsement.
Service Headquarters can be contact via:

POWA applicants must be in full-time or part-time civilian employment and receive the endorsement of their employer or, in the case of self-employed members, a professional organisation or trade association with whom they are affiliated.



Due to the application form being a smart form, some users may experience issues when trying to access the PDF, should this occur please ensure that that latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader is downloaded. This can be done via

Applicants that continuing to have issues accessing the application form are encouraged to contact The ADF Reserves and Employer Support Team via

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


Publicise Tasman Scheme

September to December


Draft application

By 31 March


Submit application

By 30 April


Review applications and conduct interviews

May to June


Head JSSD approval

By 30 June


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