This category is open to organisations of all types and sizes.


Nomination Criteria

1. Demonstrated excellence in attraction, recruitment, hiring and retention of spouses of serving ADF members.

Examples could include:

  • internships or work placements/trials for spouses of serving ADF members
  • number of spouses of serving ADF members working in the organisation relative to the total number of employees
  • flexible working arrangements e.g. virtual, work-from-home, arrangements which support spouse mobility, flexibility to take leave to attend ADF related or commemorative events
  • a dedicated HR manager or recruitment team with knowledge of the ADF or the spouse experience, or practices that yield similar outcomes in smaller businesses
  • training for HR personnel and/or other staff to help them understand the challenges faced by spouse of serving ADF members caused by forced transfers and promote the benefits of employing spouses of serving ADF members 
  • programs providing spouses of ADF members with opportunities to perform different roles across the organisation
  • initiatives informed by spouses of serving ADF members, ADF support and Defence-related organisations
  • partnerships with ADF support or Defence-related organisations to seek out spouses of serving ADF members as potential employees.

2. Collaboration with ADF support organisations to develop a robust and sustainable support model for spouses of serving ADF members.

Examples could include:s:

  • partnerships with ADF support organisations including Defence Families of Australia, Defence Community Organisation and other ex-service organisations to inform the support and services provided to spouses of serving ADF members
  • specific initiatives or improvements in services for spouses of serving ADF members as a result of partnerships with other organisations
  • feedback from other organisations on the collaborative efforts and outcomes achieved.


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