TasPorts was first recognised with the Employer of the Year Award, in
the category of Private, medium-sized business at the Tasmanian
Employer Support Awards on 29 March 2019. The State and Territory award
winners then proceed to compete for the National Awards.
Minister for Defence Personnel, the Hon Darren Chester MP said the
awards showcased those employers that actively supported their Defence
Force Reservists in the workplace, allowing them to contribute
meaningfully to both their civilian and military roles.
“The support of employers such as the ones recognised here tonight
enable our Defence Force Reservists to be released from their civilian
roles to perform a variety of roles across the three services within the
Defence Force,” Mr Chester said.
“Through their Defence Force Reserve service, our Reservists gain
skills and knowledge that they can then transfer back into their
civilian workplaces, providing a direct benefit to not only the
workplace but to themselves as employees.
“The Employer Support Awards acknowledge on a state, territory and
national level the contribution that employers make to the Australian
Defence Force by providing working conditions and policies that support
TasPorts was nominated for the award by Major Michael Hartwell of 2nd
Force Support Battalion, to acknowledge all the support and flexibility
from his employer.
TasPorts recognised Major Hartwell’s need to undertake a sustained
series of promotion courses to enable his career progression as an Army
Anthony Donald, Chief Executive Officer (Acting), said TasPorts
recognised that the Australian Defence Force leadership training was
“We saw the value in terms of Michael’s wellbeing and career
satisfaction, as well as the experience and professional development
that he would bring back for the benefit of the organisation,” Mr Donald
According to Mr Donald, TasPorts is a corporation that provides
tangible support to ADF Reservists, has a Reserve Leave Policy, and
provides the flexibility required to ensure an effective career for
“We have an active interest in Reserve career progression and have an
understanding of the skills and the added value of the training and
experience that a reservist can bring to the organisation,” he said.
“Our understanding of the Army Reserve service has increased
exponentially with representatives attending Executive Stretch, Boss
Lift, Employer Challenge Day as well as other Defence activities.
I highly recommend employers take as many opportunities as possible
to learn more about the work the reservists within their organisations
undertake and how the training and development the individuals receive
can mutually benefit the ADF as well as the business.
It also helped the organisation understand some of the challenges
Reservists face and the value that their service and training brings to
their civilian employment.
Mr Donald said he was proud to accept the Award on behalf of the TasPorts.
“TasPorts has taken steps towards improving the internal culture of
the organisation. This Award demonstrates that the steps already taken
are working and supports our ongoing commitment to continue this
important work,” Mr Donald said.