AGS wins 2016 Defence Reserve Employer Support Awards
On Thursday 28 July 2016 at the Anzac Hall of the Australian War Memorial, AGS was announced as winner in the hotly contested Government category (with 41 nominations from 17 agencies) of the Defence Reserves Support Council (ACT and SE NSW) 2016 Employer Support Awards.
Along with the other employers, AGS was also recognised with a Certificate of Recognition as a ‘Supportive employer’. The citation reads: ‘Presented to the Australian Government Solicitor in recognition of your continued support to the Australian Defence Reserves. Reservists are an essential part of our Defence Force. They rely on the support of the community at large and their employers in particular, to succeed in their role. This certificate is issued in recognition of your support for your Reservist employees.’
‘On behalf of AGS, thank you to the Council for this Award. AGS is very pleased and proud to be able to support our Defence Reservist, Captain Graham Bannerman,’ said Louise Vardanega, the acting Australian Government Solicitor, as she accepted the award. ‘Graham is a great example of an employee who makes a valuable contribution, not only as a lawyer at AGS working in the public interest, but to the wider community through his work as a Reservist.’
The award recognises the support and encouragement that organisations provide to their employees who are members of the Australian Defence Force Reserves. With employer support behind them, Reservists make a significant contribution to the capability of the Australian Defence Force. In this way, we as employers directly contribute to the defence and protection of Australia and further our national interests.
AGS maintains support of Reserve service in its leave policies and has participated in employer engagement activities including the recent ‘Bring a boss’ event. AGS has supported Graham’s requests for Defence Reserve Leave over and has actively taken steps to manage the impact of his Reserve service on clients, as well as internally.
‘I could not ask for a more committed and supportive employer,’ Graham said.