Media Centre

If you require media releases prior to 18 September 2013 please contact the Department of Veterans' Affairs media team.

20 August - Grants fund veteran projects across Australia

Fifty-seven projects supporting Australia’s veteran and Defence community will benefit from $682,051 in funding as part of the Veteran and Community Grants program.   

Media release VA061


18 August - Greater access to health and wellbeing services for veterans and their families through Facebook

As part of the Abbott Government’s ongoing commitment to increasing the accessibility of veteran mental health support, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson today launched an integrated social media presence for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS).  

Media release VA060


15 August - Vietnam veterans remembered across Australia 

Veterans, their families and the wider community will gather at ceremonies across the country this weekend, and especially on Monday, to mark Vietnam Veterans’ Remembrance Day.

Media release VA059


15 August - Suffering of Sandakan POWs remembered

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today urger all Australians to remember Sandakan Day and especially those Australians who suffered acts of cruelty during the Second World War.

Media release VA058


13 August - The Red Cross - 100 years of people helping people

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today paid tribute to the Australian Red Cross on its 100th anniversary, acknowledging the outstanding contribution, support and dedication it has provided to Australians, particularly in time of war.

 Media release VA057


8 August - Turkey gifts 60 double passes to Australians for Gallipoli 2015

A further 60 double passes to Anzac Day at Gallipoli in 2015 will be released to Australians on the waitlist thanks to the generosity of Turkey, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced today.

Media release VA056


7 August - Restoration of veteran advocacy and support funding delivered

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson, today announced $3.8 million in funding to deliver important support services to Australia’s ex-service community.

Media release VA055


6 August - Kerry Stokes re-appointed to War Memorial Council

Leading Australian businessman and philanthropist, Mr Kerry Stokes AC, has been re-appointed to the Council of the Australian War Memorial.

Media release VA054


5 August - 100 Years since Australia's first shot in the war was fired  

One hundred years on from what was believed to be the ‘first shot’ fired by British Empire forces during the First World War, the community has gathered at Fort Nepean to remember this momentous event in Australian history.

Media release VA053


4 August - Funding Boost for States and Territories Anzac Centenary Projects

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced $4 million in funding from the Anzac Centenary Public Fund to support the commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac in Tasmania, the Northern Territory and South Australia.

Media release VA052


28 July - Anzac Spirit Lives on in our Schools

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today congratulated schools from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Western Australia (WA) that have been awarded top honours in this year’s Anzac Day Schools’ Awards.

Media release VA051


27 July - Honour our Korean Veterans Today

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, paid tribute to the some 18,000 Australians who served during the Korean War 1950-1953 and Post Armistice, today on Korean Veterans Day – 27 July.

Media release VA050


19 July - Honour for 20 Australian soldiers identified after 98 years

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today dedicated the headstones of 20 Australian soldiers on behalf of the Prime Minister and the Australian Government.

Media release


18 July - Our Fromelles Heroes Never to be Forgotten

Today at the opening of the Musée de la Bataille de Fromelles in France, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson paid tribute to Australians who fought in the 1916 Battle of Fromelles.

Media release VA048


5 July - New website links Veterans to support when they need it

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson has officially launched a new dedicated website for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) at the South Australian RSL Congress in Adelaide today.

Media release VA047


4 July - International ships to join the Albany convoy

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson today confirmed international ships from Japan and New Zealand will join Royal Australian Navy vessels in the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event in October.

Media release VA046


4 July - Higher education support for Vietnam Veterans' children

Forty-one students from around Australia will be given a helping hand as they prepare for study this year with funding through the Long Tan Bursary Scheme.

Media release VA045 | Long Tan Bursary Scheme website


3 July - First glimpse inside WW1 submarine wreck in Turkey

More than 99 years after she fell in battle in the First World War, a project to record, preserve and tell the story of the Australian submarine HMAS AE2, lying at the bottom of Turkey's Sea of Marmara, is underway.

Media release VA044 | Images | Footage (Password: Stoker) | AE2 project website | AE2 factsheet (PDF 1 MB)


2 July - Start the journey back to good mental health

A new YouTube video has been launched highlighting the help available to veterans from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Media release VA043


1 July - Remember our Reserves

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson has encouraged all Australians to recognise the important contribution of Reservists who have served in past and contemporary conflicts and peacekeeping operations during this years Reserve Forces Day.

Media release VA042 


1 July - Strengthening Access to Mental Health Support for Former ADF Members and Families

Today the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson, announced three major initiatives which expand existing mental health services for veterans and their families.

Media release VA041