NSW smashes veterans' employment target

The NSW Liberals & Nationals have smashed a 2015 election target to employ 200 veterans by 2019, with a new report revealing more than 650 veterans have found meaningful employment within the NSW public service.

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott today joined Liberal candidate for Wagga Wagga Julia Ham to announce that 654 former defence personnel have started new careers with the support of the Veterans Employment Program, exceeding the target by 227 per cent.

“The courage and sacrifice of Australia’s defence personnel is well known, and the Veterans Employment Program is making great strides helping veterans to demonstrate their unique skillset beyond the military, as they transition back to civilian life,” Mr Elliott said.

“I am very proud that 654 veterans have chosen to continue their service within the NSW public service, and have found new roles that reflect the skills they developed while serving their country.”

Ms Ham said the Wagga Wagga region had embraced the ex-service community and she looked forward to seeing veterans bring their invaluable experience to the region.

“As the home of a RAAF Base and the Army Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, Wagga Wagga has a proud military history and has welcomed the service and contribution of contemporary veterans,” Ms Ham said.

The initiative has also established a network of Veterans’ Employment ‘Champions’ who promote hiring veterans in the workplace.

Wagga Wagga veterans’ ‘Champion’ James McTavish said veterans add value to organisations because of their skills.

“As a veteran myself, I know the utility of our skills, knowledge and attitude, and how the NSW Public Service has benefited through employing veterans,” said Mr McTavish.

Read more about the Veterans Employment Program.