I am proud to launch the Defence Industry Employment Program for Ex-Service Personnel.
This is an important initiative that will support South Australian veterans and help them gain employment in the defence sector.
Our veterans and ex-service personnel play a vital role in South Australia’s community. My Government recognises their service to our nation, and we are committed to providing strong support to current and former Australian Defence Force personnel, their families and carers.
Every year, around 5,200 personnel leave the Defence Force, and they deserve our help in returning to civilian life.
Our state is enjoying unprecedented growth in the defence industry. Thousands of South Australian jobs will be created through naval shipbuilding activities alone and there are many more opportunities in other areas of industry.
This presents a significant opportunity for our highly skilled veterans to capitalise on the jobs flowing through the defence industry supply chain in South Australia.
Leveraging the opportunities in South Australia’s defence industry and the skills our veterans offer, this targeted program provides former defence personnel with a pathway to employment within our burgeoning defence sector.
I encourage defence industry and veterans to take advantage of this unique program, which will maximise the job outcomes for ex-service personnel and enrich our defence industry with experienced workers.
The Premier of South Australia