New Advocate To Lead Veterans Employment Strategy

A new Veterans Employment Advocate will help veterans find a new career in Victoria’s public sector after leaving the Australian Defence Force.

Major General David McLachlan (Rtd), former President of RSL Victoria Branch, will use his extensive expertise and sector knowledge to ensure promote the state’s Public Sector Veterans Employment Strategy, and ensure it is implemented with veterans’ needs at front of mind.

Major General McLachlan will work with the Victorian Veterans Council, Victoria’s ex-service organisations and veteran employment providers to explain the value that skilled veterans can bring to the public sector.

The Public Sector Veterans Employment Strategy is a key initiative in the Government’s response to the Victorian Veterans Sector Study Report.

The Andrews Labor Government has made a commitment to employ 250 veterans within the public sector through the strategy.

The strategy will be developed over the next 12 months and promoted to veteran networks and people leaving the Australian Defence Force who live in, or intend on moving to, Victoria.

The strategy will help veterans apply for public sector jobs by offering advice and interview tips, and track the number of veterans applying for positions to address any barriers in securing employment.

More information about the strategy can be found at veterans.vic.gov.au/employment.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans John Eren

“Men and women leaving the Australian Defence Force are highly skilled, highly motivated and bring a wealth of experience to any workplace. Their contribution can only enhance Victoria’s public sector.”

“Major General David McLachlan is widely respected in the veterans sector and is the best person to help us get this right.”