More Defence personnel and their families will flourish thanks to Australian Catholic University initiatives backed by commitments totalling almost $2 million from the Albanese Government.
Included in the allocation announced by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh was an $800,000 Recruitment Advisory Service Grant to support veteran and partner recruitment and retention by developing and providing high-quality, evidence-based resources and advice to employers of veterans and defence partners in Australia.
Through this grant, ACU will work collaboratively with employers, veteran groups and HR specialists to define best policy and practice in both the recruitment, and the retention of veterans and their family members in the civilian workforce.
ACU will also receive an additional $145,000 to enhance its unique veteran Recognition of Prior Learning frameworks and support for veterans pursuing further study within higher education.
The grant bundle follows a $1 million federal Government injection for ACU’s Veterans and Families Education Unit to strengthen its services and support for student veterans.
ACU Vice-Chancellor and President Zlatko Skrbis was grateful for the funding boost that will deepen the university’s commitment to support the wellbeing of Australian Defence Force personnel who have served the nation.
“This funding success recognises ACU’s sector leadership in research and education that eases the transition of Defence personnel into rewarding lives beyond their military service,” Professor Skrbis said.
ACU is the premier higher education destination for the defence community. Alumni and current students have benefitted from its suite of supports, including the Veteran Entry Program and Veteran Transition Program.