The ACT Government launched its Veterans’ Employment Strategy in September 2017. The Government supports the transition of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel into civilian life and recognises that their skills and experience are a valuable asset to the ACT community. The Government’s vision is to make the ACT Public Service (ACTPS) a leader in the recruitment and retention of veterans.
The ACT Government Veterans Employment Strategy aligns with the broader focus of the ACTPS to build a diverse, agile, responsive and innovative public service that delivers the ACT Government’s priorities and provides effective services for the ACT community.
All staff survey
An all staff survey was undertaken in late 2017 to determine the number of veterans employed by the Service and gain an understanding of their experience of entering the ACTPS. 134 responses were received. Key highlights from the survey can be found here.
ADF rank/ACTPS classification guide
The ADF Rank/ACTPS Classification Guide has been developed to assist Veterans to compare ADF ranks and ACTPS classification levels in the administrative stream for general duties that do not require the exercise of military command responsibilities.
ACTPS veterans employment transition guide
The ACTPS Veterans Employment Transition Guide has been developed for people considering professional options after a career in the ADF. It provides information on the ACTPS and useful tips for job searching and navigating the application and selection process.
ACTPS veterans employment register
The ACTPS has established a register for current ADF members and Veterans who are interested in a career in the ACTPS. Suitable ACTPS vacancies are forwarded to people on the register for their consideration.
For further information or to put your name on the ACTPS Veterans’ Employment Register contact PSM@act.gov.au.
Guide to employing veterans in the ACTPS
The Employing Veterans in the ACT Public Service guide has been produced to provide ACTPS employees involved in recruitment with an understanding of the ADF environment, the personal attributes Veterans, the ADF rank structure and ways in which they can consider Veterans for vacant positions.
Veterans’ executive champions
In June 2018, the Minister for Seniors and Veterans, Gordon Ramsay, MLA, appointed six Veterans’ Executive as part of the Government’s commitment to supporting the transition of veterans into employment in the ACTPS.They are:
- Emma Thomas, Director-General, Transport Canberra and City Services
- Damian Cantwell, ACT Electoral Commissioner
- David Roulston, Chief Information Officer, Transport Canberra and City Services
- Georgeina Whelan, Chief Officer, ACT State Emergency Service
- Brendan Stevens, Director, People and Culture, Emergency Services Agency
- Virginia Hayward, Chief Human Resources Officer, Justice and Community Services Directorate
These ACTPS Senior Executives champion the inclusion of Veterans in the ACTPS and encourage and support ACTPS employees to develop and implement inclusive practices for Veterans.
For further information on the ACTPS Veterans’ Employment Strategy contact PSM@act.gov.au.