• Media Release
22 January 2020

The Hon Darren Chester MP

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel

22 January 2020

AUSTRALIAN businesses have proved they are getting the message — veterans are good for business. Following the largest number of nominations received for the annual Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards the 24 finalists were today announced.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the finalists, spread across eight categories, demonstrated how veterans are excelling in the civilian workforce, and how businesses are supporting them and their families.

“The Veterans’ Employment Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of veterans in the civilian workforce, as well as how organisations and individuals create employment opportunities for veterans and support their transition,” the Prime Minister said.

“I commend all those who submitted a nomination this year and congratulate all the finalists.”

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said it was great to see so many individuals and organisations translating their passion for supporting veterans and their families into real action.

“Service in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is overwhelmingly positive — it’s good for the individual, good for the community and is in the national interest, and it sets up our personnel with skills and experience that are highly valued in the civilian workforce,” Mr Chester said.

“These finalists represent a variety of organisations in a range of industries that have seen the incredible value in hiring veterans as part of their business and they should be congratulated on their support of veterans and their families.”

The Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards are part of a broad program of activity aimed at raising awareness with employers, both in the private and public sector, of the enormous value and unique skills our veterans can bring to their organisation.

There were a record 129 nominations for the 2020 Awards, the highest in the Awards’ three year history. Finalists for 2020 Awards are selected from across the country; from large, medium and small businesses in a range of industries and professions.

Each category is assessed by a three-member judging panel. Judges are independent and impartial and include senior representatives from Australian business, former Australian Defence Force Members and senior representatives from the Australian Public Service.

The Awards ceremony will be held in March 2020 in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra.

Further information on the awards and finalists can be found on the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program website.






Award Category

Finalists (listed across in alphabetical order)


Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Large



Cubic Defence Australia



Rheinmetall Defence Australia Pty Ltd



Tasman Rope Access



Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Medium









Gateway Motorway Services



Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Small






Emergency Australia



Hensoldt Australia



Veteran Employee of the Year


Mr Davor Strbac

Suncorp Group



Mr Keith Winsor

Westpac Group



Ms Lisa Conway




Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year



Mr Glen Powys

Tech 2



Mr Jeremy Holder

TacMed Australia



Mr Tom Moore




Excellence in Supporting Spouse Employment



Defence Bank



RSL Queensland



Wounded Heroes Association Inc



Public Sector Excellence in Supporting Veteran Employment



ACT Public Service


Australian Taxation Office – Opening Doors Program



Victorian Government – Veteran Employment Program



Excellence in Supporting Veteran Employment



East Coast Apprenticeships




Ironside Recruitment







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