Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Senator David Feeney has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Victoria Police.
This MoU will make it easier for police officers who are also Defence Reservists to serve their community through their roles in the ADF.
More than 120 Victoria Police members are also Defence Reservists.
“There are many considerations which employers must take into account when releasing their employees for service on Defence operations,” Senator Feeney said.
“This MoU will help both the civilian employer and the ADF manage these considerations and their shared workforce.
“This MOU outlines support avenues for Victoria Police members who are also Reservists, and helps streamline their release from police roles when they are required to undertake Defence service.”
Chief Commissioner of Police Ken Lay joined Major General Paul Brereton to sign the MOU.
“The MOU will strengthen the management and communication between the two agencies in relation to a shared workforce under the Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001. This is a positive step in building on what is already a very strong relationship between our two organisations,” said Chief Commissioner Lay.
Major General Brereton said Defence was working to formalise relationships with police and emergency services across Australia. “Today, ADF Reservists serve on operation in every theatre in which Australia’s servicemen and women are deployed,” he said.