The Opposition has commended organisers of the 8th annual Military to Civilian Career Summit, held at Irwin Barracks in Perth.

The summit was delivered through a partnership between veteran charity Working Spirit and RSLWA, and was attended by over 40 businesses, organisations, and veteran support services.

Opposition Leader Mia Davies said the event created a critical link between veterans and employers looking for skilled and motivated personnel.

“This summit provides networking opportunities for veterans and serving defence personnel, by matching them with businesses as they look to transition to civilian life,” Ms Davies said.

“This year’s event was the first time anywhere in Australia that such a forum was held on a military base, bringing it right to the doorstep of the military community.

“We commend all of the organisers involved, in particular Karyn Hinder, the founder of Working Spirit, who has been the driving force behind this summit.”

Opposition Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs Colin de Grussa said the skills and experience of Western Australia’s defence community should not be underestimated and called on all businesses to consider employing ex-defence personnel.

“Working Spirit has placed 200 veterans in jobs over the last four years, in a range of industries including mining, emergency services, trades and logistics,” Mr de Grussa said.

“I encourage all West Australian businesses to consider looking to the military and touching base with Working Spirit to fill the job vacancies we know exist across the State.

“Our defence veterans have such a unique and valuable set of skills which would be welcomed by all businesses across our state.”

Mr de Grussa said there were many regional businesses and local governments crying out for skilled staff, and the veteran community could provide a very welcome source of expertise.

To learn more about Working Spirit and how your business or community may be able to engage, visit: https://workingspirit.org.au/