Veteran support

Downer has a Reserve Leave Policy because we understand that many veterans remain connected as a Reservist once they transition out of service. Offering provisions for up to 20 days of Reserve Service Leave, our veteran employees can continue to provide ADF service through the reserves should they chose to do so. We hope by supporting veterans by offering these extra leave allowance, it enables our people to create networks with current servicemen and women and to maintain relationships with other veterans and continue to receive support from Defence if necessary.

One of the ways Downer invests in the development of its veteran workforce is through a partnership with Wandering Warriors and the University of Queensland Business School. Wandering Warriors is a fundraising initiative providing support to returning Special Forces soldiers transitioning back into civilian life. The Defence and National Security Scholarship provides the opportunity for a veteran to complete a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) together with on-the-job training. 

For more information visit our 2019 Sustainability Report.

We also actively partner with other veteran initiatives that support ex-servicemen and women during their transition from military service to civilian life. Downer has pledged support to Soldier On, whose mission is to work side by side with those who serve and protect Australia, and their families. Downer provides both funding and in-kind support to Soldier On’s health and wellbeing services, employment programs, earning opportunities, and participation activities.