www.landforces.com.auAustralia’s top veteran employers, employees and entrepreneurs are being celebrated as finalists for the 2022 Prime Minister’s National Veterans’ Employment Awards are unveiled.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh said the awards provide the opportunity not only to recognise organisations that actively recruit, employ and support veterans, but celebrate the successes of veterans in their careers post service. “As a nation we value the contributions made by veterans and their ongoing commitment to service, and we recognise the valuable skills they bring to the civilian workforce,” Keogh said. “Making sure that our community is aware of the great benefit that veterans can bring to business is so important, that’s why these awards celebrate the businesses who work with veterans and families. The finalists for this year’s awards have all gone above and beyond to create environments where veterans and their families will have successful careers. Judges were impressed with the quality and calibre of nominations received.  It is clear to me that many Australian businesses know just how great veteran employees are.”

Minister Keogh said that these businesses have a competitive edge. “Veterans bring with them great skills that they have gained in Defence. These are individuals with great leadership skills, teamwork capacity, analytical skills, with the ability to work under pressure and to be agile, all critical skills in the modern economy. I am also so pleased that there’s some new categories in these awards – ‘partner employee’ and ‘partner entrepreneur’. It is very hard to find a good ongoing job or further your own career as a Defence spouse or family member if you are having to relocate regularly. We need to work with business so they can better understand that even if this person is only going to be employed for a short time, they are going to provide huge value to business.

The annual awards are part of the Prime Minister’s National Veterans’ Employment Program. Winners will be announced at an award ceremony taking place in Canberra later this year.

Full list of finalists

Veteran Employee of the YearRodney DavisSonder
Nick ElstonGSA Management Consulting
Chris GrayVasey RSL Care
Veteran Entrepreneur of the YearDavid Ballantyne & Chris MossBMCorp
Garth ChesterValenhold
Warwick PenroseEPE (Explosive Protective Equipment)
Partner Employee of the YearLydia TeychennéPrince’s Trust Australia
Tamara TurnerAxon Property Group
Katie VidalShe Maps
Partner Entrepreneur of the Year



Hayley BoswellDefence Kidz
Jacqueline BraumanTBA Law
Kelly WillmottGreen Fox Training Studio
Employer of the Year – Large


Cubic Defence Australia
Serco Australia
Veolia Australia & New Zealand
Employer of the Year – Medium


Veterans in Construction
Employer of the Year – Small


BRAVO Electrical and HVAC
Precision Technic Defence
Viden Consulting Group
Excellence in Supporting Veteran and/or Partner EmploymentBrisbane Motorway Services
RSL Queensland
Vertical Scope Group

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