This morning DFA’s National Convenor, Robyn Ritchie, attended Parliament House where the Prime Minister announced he will host the first Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Initiative in November – bringing together business leaders and veterans to find ways to better use the valuable skills and leadership of former service personnel into our modern economy.
Following the announcement, the National Convenor took the opportunity to raise directly with the Prime Minister and the Minister for Defence Personnel, the Hon. Dan Tehan, inclusion of a national solution to address current ADF partner and family employment needs.
Robyn highlighted the importance of addressing the fallout from the mobility of partnering ADF members such as under and unemployment of partners and the subsequent effects of this including lack of job-seeking confidence, financial insecurity, long gaps in family income while relocating and re-establishing themselves and limited or no superannuation for those individuals. It was also noted that for those members who transition out of the ADF for medical reasons, partners often become the principal breadwinner and carer and we need to be mindful of how the Government can assist in ensuring these families continue to thrive.
The Prime Minister further announced the Government’s intention, through this initiative, to drive patriotic messaging highlighting the great strength, expertise and in short, the “big valuable human resource” of ADF veterans and their families. It is intended that this program will ensure individuals identifying as veterans and their families have the power to celebrate their affinity with their time in service to their country.
11 August 2016