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

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.

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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 

26 June - Gallipoli ballot waitlist activated

Gallipoli 2015 LogoAustralians on the Gallipoli 2015 Dawn Service ticket waitlist will find out shortly if they have been given a second chance to attend Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015, with the first round of the waitlist to be drawn.

Media release VA040 | Gallipoli 2015 website

25 June - Passing of Cyril Gilbert OAM

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today expressed his sorrow at the passing of Cyril Reginald Gilbert OAM, former National President of the Ex-Prisoner of War (POW) Association who devoted his lifetime to assisting his fellow Ex POW’s and the veteran community.

Media release VA039 

20 June - Anzac Centenary local grants honour servicemen and women across the country

More than $2.36 million in funding has been annouced for commemorative projects under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.

Media release VA038 

19 June - Appointment of Australian War Memorial Council Members

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced the appointment of Mr Leslie Carlyon AC and Ms Jillian Segal AM to the Council of the Australian War Memorial.

Media release VA037 

17 June - ANZ Bank makes first major Anzac Centenary Public Fund contribution

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of the ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today welcomed the first $2 million contribution from the ANZ Bank of Australia, part of their $10 million commitment to the Centenary of Anzac.

Media release VA036 

16 June - Saluting Australia's veterans with grant initatives 

Funding has been approved for commemorative projects honouring the sacrifice and service of Australia’s servicemen and women, past and present, under the Saluting Their Service grants programme.

Media release VA035 

Commemorative Mission to France for the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the European Campaign,  June 2014 

Australian and French flags

Media release VA032 | Media release VA025 | Media Backgrounder | Veteran bios and pics

11 June - Launch of the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme  

The Government has launched the $5 million Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme which is a significant new programme of research into the mental health and wellbeing of contemporary service personnel and veterans. Defence will contribute $1.2 million and Veterans’ Affairs will contribute $3.8 million to this Research Programme.

Media release VA033 | Transcript of Senator Ronaldson’s Speech | Media Pack (PDF 2.7 MB) (Word 3.8 MB)

28 May - Voices of Birralee to perform at Anzac Day in France

Voices of Birralee community choir has been selected to provide choral services on the Western Front over the Anzac Centenary period from 2015.

Media release VA031

14 May - Extreme Disablement Adjustment rate correction

The Extreme Disablement Adjustment rate of Clean Energy Supplement has been corrected. The rate was originally calculated to be $11.80 per fortnight but the correct rate is $11.70 per fortnight.

The new rate will be applied from payday 15 May 2014. Amounts already paid will not be recovered or deducted from future payments.

13 May - Budget Delivers Election Commitments to Veterans and their Families

The 2014-15 Federal Budget provides more than $12 billion in overall funding for Australia’s veteran community including $6.5 billion in pensions and income support and $5.4 billion in health services.

Media release VA029

7 May - Grants boost quality of life for veteran community

Nineteen projects enriching the quality of lives of veterans across the country have received funding worth $236,294 as part of the Veteran and Community Grants program.

Media release VA028 | Grants

5 May - Online Case Formulation Training programme addresses complexity of Veterans' Mental Health

Today the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson launched a new Case Formulation e-learning programme to assist clinicians prioritise multiple conditions and adopt a case formulation and treatment planning approach with their veteran clients. The partnership with the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health in developing these evidence-based resources will assist health providers to support the mental health and well-being of the new generation of Australian veterans. 

Media release VA027

25 April - Australians around the world remember ANZAC Day

Australians across the country and around the world have paused today to honour those who have served, and remember those who have given their lives in service to our nation in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Media release VA026

14 April - New approach to DVA services in regional New South Wales and Victoria

From June 2014, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs will make changes to shopfront services in nine regional areas in Victoria and NSW to ensure veterans living in those communities can continue to access face-to-face support at a location close to their home.

Media release VA024 | More information about these changes

11 April - From Naval Tribute to New Music Work - We Salute Their Service

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced more than $274,000 in funding to support projects of national significance that will honour the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women.

Media release VA023

3 April - Gallipoli Anzac Day 2015 ballot complete

Gallipoli 2015The outcome of the Anzac Day Dawn Service ballot for Gallipoli in 2015 has been announced. All applicants will be notified shortly.

Media release VA022 | Gallipoli 2015 Website