Members of the Royal Australian Navy have showcased their maritime skills to civilian employers of Navy reservists from across Australia this week in Sydney, at Exercise Navy Boss Lift 2019.

Exercise Boss Lift is a Defence initiative run by all three services, which is designed to show employers the training, skills and experience their employees receive in the Australian Defence Force Reserves.

Head Reserve and Youth Division, Rear Admiral Brett Wolski said fifteen employers took part in the exercise.

“Exercise Boss Lift gives employers and potential future employers a better understanding of the skills and capabilities that Reservists can bring to their civilian workplace,” Rear Admiral Wolski said.

“This year’s exercise included tactical training at HMAS Watson, transport on an MRH-90 helicopter and an overnight stay on HMAS Canberra that allowed the employers to observe Navy members operating the ship at sea.

“The aim of this experience is to promote an employer-environment that is supportive to the release of Reservists to help meet ADF operational and capability needs, while recognising the employers for their contribution.”

Dan Crozier, Managing Director, Sanikleen Group said it was exciting to attend Boss Lift and experience life on a Ship and see what his reservists do when they are away on exercise.

“I now have a better understanding of the depth of their skill sets, some of the work they undertake and the quality of the training they receive in the Defence Force,” Mr Crozier said.

Lara Hendricks, Senior Director, Department of State Growth Tasmania said the experience had cemented her respect for her employees for what they do when they are on reserve duty.

“I would definitely be open to employing more reservists, they bring a raft of leadership and strategic thinking qualities to our workplace which is a real benefit to us,” said Ms Hendricks.

Australia has over 27,000 dedicated Defence Force Reservists supporting the permanent Defence workforce in operations and exercises every year.


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