New data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has provided positive insights into the employment status and occupations of South Australian veterans.
The data revealed in the latest analysis of the 2021 Census shows that people who have served in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) experience lower unemployment rates than the South Australian general population. The unemployment rate of former serving members is 4.3%, which is lower than the state’s general population unemployment average of 5.3%.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Geoff Brock, said the result is a positive representation of the value that employers place on those with service experience.
“We know that former ADF personnel gain valuable skills and experience through their service, and its pleasing to see that employers are also recognising the benefits of employing veterans,” he said.
“This new data highlights the career success that working-age veterans can expect in South Australia and positions our state as an ideal location to settle post-service.”
The latest figures also reveal that compared to the general population of working-age people (aged 15 to 64 years) nationally, former ADF members and current Reservists are more likely to be employed than those who have never served. This demonstrates that employers understand and value the knowledge and skills gained through full time and Reservist service.
The largest employer of veterans in the state is the public service and safety industry, which employs 15.6% of the former serving, working age veteran demographic in South Australia. The sector includes uniformed services such as police and corrections, which is traditionally a common career pathway for ADF personnel post-service.
Across all sectors and industries, the data showed that South Australian former serving ADF personnel are mostly employed in professional roles, or as managers or technical and trade workers.
For more information visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.