Jobs boost for returned Aussie soldiers

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (AAP Image/Peter Rae)

Australians struggling to find work after leaving the armed forces will soon be able to more easily identify employers properly equipped to take them on.

The federal government is launching a Veterans Employment Commitment to clearly indicate businesses capable of hiring, training and retaining ex-service men and women.

"Our veterans, our service men and women, make many sacrifices - particularly being away from their families," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Sydney on Friday.

"When they finally make the decision to move on from the defence forces, they want to get on with their lives like the rest of us are able to every single day."

Roughly eight per cent of ex-service men and women are still unemployed more than a year after leaving Defence.

Veterans' Affairs Minister Darren Chester wants to make the transition to civilian work much easier.

He also believes veterans can add serious value to businesses through their culture, training and discipline.

"Simply put, hiring a veteran is good for business," Mr Chester said.

"Our former serving men and women have skills which are readily transferable to civilian life. Their work ethic, leadership and capacity to work as part of a team are all great attributes."

Businesses that sign onto the scheme will be listed on an official website, have their details shared with veterans and through networking events, and provided a government-endorsed logo to advertise their support.

The jobs scheme comes just days after the prime minister announced the rollout of a retail discount card for returned service men and women.

The government is also funding a $498 million expansion of the Australian War Memorial.

"We are putting veterans first," Mr Morrison said.

"We are ensuring that we are dealing with not only memorialising those who have fallen, but we are serving those who are living."

The Department of Veterans' Affairs will be tasked with ensuring businesses meet their obligations set out in the scheme and companies will need to recommit every two years.

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