UNSW Canberra Launch continuing support for veterans

UNSW Canberra Launch continuing support for veterans

UNSW Canberra Launch on Northbourne is proud of its role in supporting veterans and helping innovative defence and security SMEs bring their ideas and products to market.

Since its establishment in February 2020, Launch’s collaborators have continued their growth, with many employing a high proportion of veterans and further developing pathways and opportunities for future veteran employment. 

As a 100 per cent veteran owned and veteran staffed company, Viden has been a shining example and advocate for veteran employment. Specialising in cyberworthiness and capability delivery to Defence and other national security partners, Viden has proven a natural and highly supportive environment for many transitioning veterans.

Viden’s Chief Executive Officer Anthony Barnes believes that the unique experience, training and values inherent to many veterans make them a highly capable and obvious choice for employers.

“Veterans are motivated, innovative, honest, hardworking and humble professionals,” Mr Barnes said.

“We are thrilled to have a great veteran team, but equally to be a part of many other great veteran employment initiatives, including the Australian Defence Force’s new industry On The Job Training (OJT) program.”

Launch collaborator Terra Schwartz, a cyber-security company specialising in strategic cyber services and products for Defence and national security clients, employs more than 20 per cent veterans in its team. Head of Cyber at Terra Schwartz, Dr David Ormrod, a 22-year veteran of the Australian Army, said the unique facilities and dynamic environment made Launch an ideal location for their business.

“We are thrilled to be here at Launch in a supportive and collaborative environment which allows us to grow and provide more opportunities for former Defence members,” Dr Ormrod said.

“Our clients need expertise, we are grateful that our veteran community has so many excellent candidates who have the required skills and knowledge to help our industry.”

As the premier military education institution in Australia and a long-standing member of the ACT business community, UNSW Canberra is unique in its approach to supporting the employment of veterans. 

UNSW Canberra’s tertiary and professional programs are designed on sector trends, providing the skills and knowledge required for a military career but also making them equally relevant and transferable to a civilian career path; providing a breadth of opportunities for veterans, post-military.  

As a research institution, UNSW Canberra shines a light on veteran issues through research, including significant contributions to the fields of post-traumatic stress disorder and analysing veteran homelessness. UNSW Canberra was also a major sponsor of the Invictus Games in 2018, a major event celebrating and showcasing the capabilities of veterans.

UNSW Canberra draws on its knowledge, experience and networks to develop practical initiatives aimed at creating and facilitating opportunities to assist veterans, especially those transitioning to civilian employment.