NSW government encourages local councils to hire veterans

By Anna Macdonald

April 29, 2022

David Elliott
NSW minister for transport and veterans David Elliott. (AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi)

Several local NSW councils have signed up to the NSW government’s Veterans Employment Program, which aims to place ex-service personnel in council jobs.

NSW minister for transport and veterans David Elliott outlined the transferable skills veterans can contribute to the workforce.

“Our veterans are highly trained with core skills such as critical thinking and decision-making, leadership and teamwork, strong interpersonal skills, experience working in culturally diverse communities, resilience and dependability.

“Their expertise is invaluable in the civilian workforce and I’m encouraging Councils to join the likes of Campbelltown, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Blacktown, Queanbeyan Palerang and Tweed who have already signed up to the Veterans Employment Program,” said Elliott.

To support the transition into the workforce, the NSW government is offering free training through the Veterans’ Skills Program and Veterans’ Employment Program.

“Councils are receiving significant funding through the state government’s infrastructure-led pandemic recovery, which means trades are in high demand,” said NSW minister for local government Wendy Tuckerman.

Tuckerman continued: “Water operations and transfer-into-trade roles, such as former defence diesel mechanics needing training in unleaded vehicles, are just some of the areas with good employment prospects at councils.”

One veteran, Kate Jessep, who is general manager at Uralla Shire Council, said her time in the defence force laid down the foundation for her council career.

“If you’ve served in the military, you’ve done so because you believe in serving our country, our nation and our democracy,” said Jessep. “If you’re working in local government, you’re operating at the grassroots of democracy in action.”

Earlier this year, the NSW government exceeded its goal of putting 1000 veterans into public sector jobs, placing 1200 former service personnel in public sector jobs since 2018.

A similar program exists for the federal public service. VetPaths began trialling in March of this year.


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