Business recognises the future potential of first responders.

Fortem’s new Transition & Employment Program represents a significant deepening of our work and commitment to the first responder community and our relationships with the businesses sector.

Our ambition is to support national security, law enforcement, and emergency service personnel looking for new life and career opportunities following their first responder service with state and commonwealth agencies.  

“We know that more than half of all emergency responders are deeply impacted by the traumas they face in the course of their duties. Transitioning out of service is a critical point in someone’s mental fitness journey that needs an understanding of the individual experiences and needs at play,” says John Bale, Managing Director, Fortem Australia.

The end goal of the program is a smooth, supported transition into the next meaningful chapter of life. Our Transition Engagement Officers come with lived experience and offer a personalised approach based on the unique circumstances of each first responder family. 

Our Transition Team offers: 

  • One on one case management
  • Introductions to our Pledge Partners
  • Resume and job application support
  • Interview coaching, networking and personal marketing support
  • Training and volunteering opportunities that recognise prior learning
  • Post-employment support

A key element of this work is our connection and relationship with our Pledge Partners.

Fortem is proud to be working with some of Australia’s biggest and smallest companies and organisations who are committed to supporting job, training, education, upskilling and volunteering opportunities for post-service roles and careers.

Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon. Karen Andrews MP recently launched the program saying, “Australians are rightly proud of the service of those who protect us each and every day from terrorism, violent extremism, child sexual exploitation, organised crime, people smuggling, human trafficking, and a range of other threats.”

“These aren’t ordinary jobs – they can take a toll on individuals and their families – so it’s only right that we take action to protect the people that protect Australia, and who keep us all safe.”

A number of our Pledge Partners also spoke of their commitment to the first responder community and the potential they see in these women and men post-service.

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Dirk Noordewier, is General Manager Australia, for BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. BAE helps nations, governments and businesses around the world defend themselves against cybercrime, reducing their risk in our connected world, while complying with regulation and transforming operations. 

“From personal experience I can say that transitioning from the public to private sectors can be challenging,” Mr Noordewier says.

“BA Systems are going to assist Fortem in that endeavour through the establishment of a formal mentoring program that will be led by our senior leadership team and in addition we are going to offer a secondment program…in order to gain new skills and experience and we’ll also make places available in our cyber apprenticeship program.”

Phillip Jenkinson, is the Chief Executive Officer of Baidam Solutions, and was one of the first to sign on as a Pledge Partner. Established in 2018, Baidam Solutions is a 100% Australian owned and operated First Nations information technology business.

“The transferable skills that these men and women possess are highly sought-after,” Mr Jenkinson says.

“We are supporting these men and women in a culture that encompasses security, love, trust, and encouragement…allowing these men and women to continue to serve their community.”

Maurice Ben-Mayor, is President of Stryker South Pacific, and didn’t take much convincing to join Fortem in our work with the first responder community. Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies, they offer innovative products and services in orthopaedics, medical and surgical, neurotechnology and spinal needs.

“Our pledge to Fortem signifies a very supportive employment process,” Mr Ben-Mayor says.

“We’ve seen first hand the benefits of such transition programs, we were foundation members with Soldier On and that has proved very successful. Over the last three years we have employed 23 veterans to our organisation and we are looking to emulate this success with the Fortem team.”

Fortem’s Transition & Employment Program is supported by $1.9 million in Commonwealth Government funding to establish a pilot program to support the healthy, positive and timely transition of those national security and law enforcement personnel, leaving service.

Fortem is working towards extending its Transition & Employment Program to everyone in the first responder community soon, incorporating state-based emergency agencies.

To become a Pledge Partner speak with Fortem’s Corporate Partnerships Manager, Mark Leatham on 1300 33 95 94 or email

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