Veterans Employment Program

At Hawkesbury Council our organisational purpose is to build a Hawkesbury that’s loved by it’s people. We recognise and value the talent, transferable skills and experience that service personnel can bring to the organisation and to our community.

We actively encourage ex-service personnel to look at the many and varied opportunities that arise with us at Council, both here at Hawkesbury and more broadly across Local Government

Why should Veterans look to join our team at Hawkesbury City Council?

  • Transferable skills
    • We recognise that ex-service personnel have broad-ranging skills and experience that is highly transferrable to a Local Government environment. Some common skills include Leadership, Teamwork, Dependability, Loyalty and Integrity, Flexibility and the ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment whilst operating in a culturally diverse or global environment.
    • If you are able to identify and articulate your own skills and how they could transfer to a role in Local Government you will enhance your chance of gaining employment. Be sure to address these in your resume, application and through the recruitment process.
  • Diverse Job Opportunities
    • The diversity in industries and roles in Local Government is extensive and unlike many other organisations. Similar to defence, Local Government’s primary purpose is to serve its community. To deliver on organizational objectives, there are a wide range of teams across Infrastructure, City Planning, Corporate Communications and the General Manager Directorate.
  • Workplace Flexibility options
    • Hawkesbury Council is committed to providing a work environment that delivers excellent customer service and attracts and retains staff by offering employees an appropriate range of flexibility to assist manage their work, life, family and personal needs. There are different flexible work arrangements available that can be requested and considered in line with operational requirements. Some of these include Rostered Day Off (RDO), Flexible Attendance/ Spread of hours,  (Changes to pattern of hours of work), Reduced hours, Working Remotely (Work from home arrangement), Job Sharing and Transition to Retirement.
  • Professional development
    • Our team are our most valuable resource in the organisation and there is a commitment to investing in training and professional development both to support functional development in role as well as development in personal capability. Council provides financial and non-financial assistance to employees wishing to further develop their skills and knowledge base at a tertiary level, including the generous reimbursement of fees and time to attend exams.
  • Health & Wellbeing
    • Hawkesbury Council is committed to providing its employees with a safe and supportive work environment. Council’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for all staff and their immediate family for a range of short term counselling support.
    • Hawkesbury Council is proud to partner with Hawkesbury Oasis Fitness & Aquatic centre in order to waive team member joining fees and offer a reduced membership fee.

Did you know?

  • The Local Government Rank to Grade Guide has been developed to support veterans to apply for roles with local councils by mapping out how ranks within the Australian Defence Force (ADF) align to jobs within the NSW local government sector.
  • The Local Government Capability Framework defines the core knowledge, skills and abilities expected of elected and employed people at all levels.
  • The Veteran Employment Program was put in place to demonstrate the importance the Government places on raising awareness of the skills, values and experience veterans bring to the civilian workplace. The Veterans Employment Program hub is a communication and education that supports veterans and hiring managers.
  • Defence Members and Family Support (DMFS) has developed an ADF Member and Family Transition Guide which contains information on the transition process, as well as information on support services and administrative requirements.

As a veteran we want to support you with any questions you may have, please contact our People & Culture Team via email:

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