New business network to boost veteran employment

Credit: VeteransSA
"By building a network of like-minded employers, we are fostering a supportive environment that leads to better job outcomes and helps veterans find work."

The Honourable Geoff Brock MP Minister for Veterans Affairs

A new Malinauskas Government program to help employers attract and retain veterans and their partners has been launched, bringing together a dedicated group of South Australian businesses to support the veteran community.

The South Australian Veteran Employer Network comprises local employers across the private and public sectors that recognise the value veterans bring to workplaces – and want to help them achieve career success after their service.

The network – part of a $2.1 million State Budget commitment to improve outcomes for veterans and their families – includes consulting and service businesses, banking, defence industry, emergency services and local government.

15 organisations are currently signed up, with Veterans SA looking to expand membership and encourage other businesses to join the network and recognise veterans’ unique skills and experiences.

The network connects like-minded employers while educating them on the benefits of veteran/partner employment, with details of candidates shared amongst members – enabling more veterans and their partners to secure meaningful employment.

Mentoring and guidance is also provided for employers seeking to hire and retain veterans, covering recruitment, workplace support and cultural awareness.

Regular bi-monthly networking events are planned for 2024 to further build engagement and opportunities across the network.

The State Government is delivering a series of projects and programs to support veterans who have or are considering transitioning from the Australian Defence Force (ADF), as well as families of current and former members.

Each year, more than 6000 veterans transition from the ADF, offering civilian employers specialist qualifications and technical expertise in addition to transferable skills in leadership, discipline, teamwork and the ability to work under pressure.