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Annual performance statements

Statement by the accountable authority

I, as the accountable authority of the Department of Veterans' Affairs, present the 2017–18 annual performance statements of the Department, as required under section 39(1)(a) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). In my opinion, these annual performance statements are based on properly maintained records, accurately reflect the performance of the Department, and comply with section 39(2) of the PGPA Act.

Signature of Secretary, Liz Cosson
Liz Cosson
Department of Veterans' Affairs

7 September 2018

Our Purpose

To support those who serve or have served in the defence of our nation and commemorate their service and sacrifice, through:

  1. Compensation and Support: Maintaining and enhancing the quality of life of clients by improving their financial wellbeing and self-sufficiency.
  2. Health and Wellbeing: Maintaining and enhancing the quality of life of clients by improving their physical and mental wellbeing.
  3. Commemorations: Acknowledging and commemorating veterans' service and sacrifice, and promoting an increased understanding of Australia's wartime history.

Overview of DVA's purposes, programs and activities

There is a direct relationship between the three outcomes in the DVA Portfolio Budget Statements 2017–18 and three purposes in the DVA Corporate Plan 2017–2021. DVA achieves its purposes through the programs and activities shown below.

Purpose 1: Compensation and Support Purpose 2: Health and Wellbeing Purpose 3: Commemorations
1.1 Deliver income support and allowances 2.1 Provide access to general medical consultations and services 3.1 Provide and maintain war graves
1.2 Deliver disability support 2.2 Provide access to hospital services 3.2 Deliver commemorative activities
1.3 Deliver assistance to Defence widow/ers and dependants 2.3 Provide access to pharmaceutical benefits  
1.4 Deliver other compensation 2.4 Provide access to community care and support  
1.5 Deliver the children's education scheme 2.5 Provide counselling and other health services  
1.6 Deliver income support and compensation under MRCA and DRCA 2.6 Provide access to health and other care services under MRCA and DRCA  
Enabling Services
4.1 Provide a professional, engaged and flexible workforce
4.2 Deliver sound financial management
4.3 Provide reliable, responsive, accessible and cost-effective digital services
4.4 Partner with other Commonwealth agencies including Defence, Health and Human Services
4.5 Engage with stakeholders including ex-service organisations and Defence
4.6 Undertake a program of strategic research
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