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EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION Office of Reserve Service Protection Australia by Linda Jelfs - Director. Use of Reserve Personnel. Times Have Changed In the last decade the Reserve in Australia has moved from a strategic reserve to an operational reserve What they are doing now

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Employment protection office of reserve service protection australia by linda jelfs director

EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION Office of Reserve Service Protection Australia by Linda Jelfs - Director


Use of reserve personnel

Use of Reserve Personnel

  • Times Have Changed

  • In the last decade the Reserve in Australia has moved from a strategic reserve to an operational reserve

  • What they are doing now

  • Overseas operational deployments

  • Domestic operational deployments

  • Border security

  • Humanitarian assistance

  • Disaster relief


Use of reserve personnel

Authority

  • Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001 (the Act)

  • Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001 Regulations (the Regulations)

  • Information and support is also provided to employers through the Australian Fairwork Ombudsman's Office


Key parts of the act

Key Parts of the Act

  • Protection against discrimination

  • Employment protection

  • Partnership protection

  • Education protection

  • Financial liability protection

  • Bankruptcy protection

  • Loans and guarantees to returned members


Use of reserve personnel

  • The Act

  • Sets out the entitlements and prohibitions that apply to Reservists who:

    • Are rendering ADF Reserve service

    • Have rendered or

    • Intend to render


Areas for concern

Areas for concern

  • Being refused or not offered employment

  • Dismissal or changed employment conditions

  • Hindered or refused release, includes recruitment

  • Forced or coerced into resigning from their employment or the Reserves

  • Forced to use accrued leave


Common issues for reservists

Common Issues for Reservists

  • Refused release to render ADF Reserve service

  • Forced to use accrued types of leave

  • Subject to changed terms of employment

  • Coerced into resigning

  • Bullying

  • Harassment

  • Denied employment or workplace opportunities


Common issues for employers

Common Issues for Employers

  • Receiving insufficient notice or warning

  • Conflicts with shift rosters

  • Loss of key personnel

  • Conflicts with business operations, seasons, cycles

  • Lack of consultation with employee or ADF and

  • No apparent ADF Unit point of contact


Use of reserve personnel

How does the ADF Assist Reservists and Support Employers

ADF Units assist by providing:

  • Adequate notice whenever possible

  • Written notification before and after

    ADF Reserve service

  • Opportunity for employers to raise issues and resolve issues at the lowest level

  • Details of a relevant ADF unit POC


Use of reserve personnel

How Defence Expects Reservists To Assist Employers?

  • Consider the employers needs

  • Being fair and reasonable

  • Provide Employers with ADF Unit POC

  • Discuss the next 6-12 months of possible activities

  • Selling the business benefits of training and reserve service gained through the ADF

  • Encourage employers to adopt leave policies


Use of reserve personnel

What else is available to support Employers?

Information and Access to:

  • The Supportive Employer Program

  • Assistance to develop leave policies

  • The Employer Support Payment scheme

  • Employer engagement activities

  • Contact with ADF unit commander

  • Contact with the Office of Reserve

    Service Protection any time


Use of reserve personnel

Employer Support Payment Scheme (ESPS)

Basic Information:

  • For Employers and self-employed Reservist’s

  • Current payment is $1,393.00 per week for full time employees

  • No restrictions on how payment is used

  • Higher rates of ESP available for:

    * Health Professionals,

    * For Substantial Financial Hardship or Loss.


Use of reserve personnel

Who are we protecting?


Use of reserve personnel

Contacts and Information

Defence Reserve Website

www.defencereservessupport.gov.au

Email

[email protected]

ORSP Brochures and USBs with information in relation to ESP and the Act are available at this conference, please see an ‘Aussie’

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