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Premier’s Message – July 2019

Welcome to the July Edition of the Veterans E-news.

Former defence personnel and veterans can now take full advantage of the career opportunities in the state’s naval shipbuilding and defence sectors, thanks to a new online jobs portal.

Last Thursday evening, the 4th of July, I was delighted to formally launch the Veterans’ Employment Program at the Defence Teaming Centre Awards Dinner. 

This launch honoured our election commitment to develop a program that matches the skills of ex-serving members of the defence force with employment opportunities across South Australia’s defence industry.

The program, supported by the Defence Teaming Centre, Defence SA and Veterans SA, is aimed at maximising job outcomes for veterans in the defence sector.

Sixteen South Australian defence companies and businesses are already leading the charge, having pledged to participate in the program.

The Veterans’ Employment Program empowers veterans to return to civilian employment and embark on careers in the defence industry by connecting them with the relevant recruiters, employers and service providers.

The Program is supported by a portal that provides access to available jobs within our defence sector. The website also provides important links to supporting organisations for transitioning and ex-serving members seeking employment opportunities in South Australia.

This is an exciting development, and I would like to thank and congratulate those involved and encourage the veteran and ex-service community to alert your members and former military colleagues who may be considering this line of employment to explore the portal: www.savep.com.au

Furthermore, the Productivity Commission has released its report into compensation and rehabilitation for veterans. The report, titled ‘A Better Way to Support Veterans’, was sent to the Commonwealth Government on 27 June and was publicly released on the 4th of July.

The Commissioners state that while the existing veterans’ compensation and rehabilitation system is improving, it requires fundamental reform.

I anticipate the report’s recommendations will form a significant item for discussion at the forthcoming Veterans’ Ministerial Council meeting, which will be held in Canberra on the 23rd of August.

The State Government will engage with the Commonwealth Government on matters raised in the report’s recommendations and I encourage you to contact Veterans SA should you wish to provide feedback.

The report can be accessed at https://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/completed/veterans/report.

On behalf of all South Australians, thank you for your service.

 


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