Media Release

The Hon Dan Tehan MP

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
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11 March 2017


Veterans’ Employment Industry Advisory Committee

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced the appointment of George Frazis as Chair of the Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, an initiative of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program.

Ben Roberts-Smith VC, MG, has accepted the invitation to take on the role of Deputy Chair of the Committee.

Launched by the Prime Minister in November, the program aims to encourage industry to recognise and appreciate the unique skills and valuable experience that members of the Australian Defence Force can bring to the workplace.

“The Committee will provide advice on practical measures for Australian businesses to use when recruiting veterans,” Mr Tehan said.

“As a former engineer in the Royal Australian Air Force with a highly successful career in the banking sector, including in his current role as Chief Executive of the Consumer Bank Division of Westpac Group, Mr Frazis is an ideal person to Chair the Committee and will bring relevant experience and strong leadership.

“Mr Roberts‑Smith has successfully transitioned from a distinguished career in the Army into the civilian workforce as the General Manager of Seven Brisbane and Regional Queensland. He is an excellent role model who is Deputy Chair of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health.”

The committee membership will comprise representatives of the following organisations:

bulletAllied Express Transport
bulletAustralia Post
bulletClayton Utz
bulletCSC Australia Pty Ltd
bulletJ.P. Morgan Chase Bank, NA (Sydney Branch)
bulletA small business representative
bulletRaytheon Australia
bulletSaab Australia Pty Ltd
bulletSerco Australia Pty Ltd
bulletWestpac Banking Corporation.
bulletAustralian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The inaugural meeting of the Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment is scheduled for later this month.


Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203


Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 45 46). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.


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