Government puts more than 750 veterans in public sector jobs

By Jackson Graham

Thursday October 21, 2021

Victoria had the biggest increase in public servants last year
Victoria had the biggest increase in public servants last year. (Treasury Gardens, Melbourne. Adobe/Greg Brave)

The Victorian government has exceeded a target to put veterans in the public service and has recommitted to the goal for another four years. 

Under its public sector veteran employment strategy, the government put 767 veterans in public sector roles between June 2017 and June this year, slightly above its 750 target. 

The government has now set a target to support veterans to secure an additional 750 roles in the public sector by June 2025. 

The strategy, which had an initial target to employ 250 people in 2016, helps veterans find jobs in Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria and other departments and agencies. It is also working to employ more veterans across public infrastructure projects. 

Veterans employment advocate major general David McLachlan said the program had been successful in supporting veterans to transition to civilian life through meaningful employment. 

“And the public sector is benefiting from their exceptional skills and experience. It’s a win-win,” McLachlan said. 

The strategy also includes support such as a veteran mentor program connecting potential candidates with veterans already in the public service, and a network for veterans to connect with each other within the public service. 

The Victorian government has spent $2.7 million over the course of the strategy, including a $1.3 million boost in the most recent budget. 

Victorian veterans minister Shaun Leane said the government wanted “as many veterans as possible to join Victoria’s public sector”. 

“We know the enormous value they offer, including skills in leadership, innovation, project management and excellent communication,” he said.


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