Nominations are now open for the 2021 Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien encouraging local veterans and organisations to apply. 

Mr O’Brien said the awards were an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, and the organisations that employ them.

“There are many organisations in Wide Bay who employ and support former ADF personnel, and veterans making a significant contribution to their workplace, and I would strongly encourage them to nominate for the awards to recognise the contributions veterans make in civilian life,” Mr O’Brien said.

“More than 5,500 people leave the ADF every year, bringing with them an extensive range of skills, abilities, behaviours and attributes that make them valuable additions to the civilian workplace.

“The Morrison Government’s aim is to ensure each person is able to transition into civilian life effectively and find meaningful employment.”

The Awards are part of the broader Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program, which is aimed at supporting veterans’ employment and building an understanding in the greater community of the valuable skills ADF personnel possess.

The nomination categories for the 2021 Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards are:             
•    Veteran Employee of the Year
•    Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year
•    Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Small
•    Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Medium
•    Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Large   
•    Public Sector Excellence in Supporting Veteran Employment
•    Excellence in Supporting Veteran Employment
•    Excellence in Supporting Partner Employment

For further information and to nominate visit the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program website

Nominations close on 20 November 2020, with winners to be announced in 2021.


In the spirit of Australia, I acknowledge all citizens who contribute to making our nation the greatest on earth.

I acknowledge our defence force personnel, past, present, and emerging, for their service to our nation, and particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of Australia.

I also acknowledge the Australian taxpayers who, through their hard work, pay for the infrastructure, health, education, and emergency services that keep our proud nation healthy, safe, and prosperous.