The University of Notre Dame Australia’s support for personnel who defend Australia has again been recognised in the annual Australian Defence Force (ADF) NSW Employer Support Awards – for the third time in four years.
One of only eight employers recognised for their exceptional support of ADF reservists by the Defence Reserves Support Council, Notre Dame won the Education category of the awards, for the second year running.
The University also won in the Not-For-Profit Employer category in 2016.
Notre Dame, which currently employs three reservists on the Sydney campus, was nominated by School of Education Lecturer, Tryon Francis, who serves in the Air Force Reserves as a Training Systems Officer with the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
“Every time I have been called up by the Air Force Reserves or reported for training, Notre Dame not only released me for duty but has actively supported me by redistributing my workload while I’m away,” Flight Lieutenant Francis said.
“One of the biggest fears a reservist can have, is of work piling up or issues escalating while you’re away on service.”
Flight Lieutenant Francis has been in the Reserves for nine years including overseas service in 2017 at Al Minhad Airbase, in the United Arab Emirates, for which he was awarded the Australian Operational Service Medal - Greater Middle East Operation.
He is currently undertaking a PhD, funded through the ADF, at Notre Dame studying school principals in NSW public schools and the role of administrative law in sound decision making.
Photo: (L-R) His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retired), who presented the award; Professor Margot Kearns, Notre Dame Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic; Flight Lieutenant Tryon Francis, Notre Dame Lecturer; Wing Commander Andrew Read Jones, Air Force senior officer delegate; and James Digges, NSW Chair, Defence Reserves Support Council.