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Provided below are links to the most recently issued media releases, speeches and other announcements. (See also Previous years' media centre items)

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8 May 2019

Today marks Victory in Europe Day and Australians are encouraged to recognise all those who served in the Second World War, and specifically those who served in Europe and on and around the Mediterranean.

This day honours the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Second World War against Germany and her European allies.

On 3 September 1939, it was announced on every national and commercial radio station that because Britain had declared war on Germany, Australia was...

5 May 2019

Today, the largest naval battle that has been fought off our shores, the Battle of the Coral Sea, is remembered.

The Battle of the Coral Sea ended Japanese attempts to launch a seaborne invasion of Port Moresby and has long been regarded as 'the battle that saved Australia'.

During the Second World War, the Japanese planned to cut Australia's supply lines from the United States, despatching a fleet to capture Port Moresby as part of its advance into the South West Pacific....

1 May 2019

Today the nation remembers the longest military campaign of the Second World War, the Battle of the Atlantic, which began in September 1939 and ended with the surrender of Germany on 8 May 1945.

The Battle of the Atlantic was fought over thousands of miles across the war’s most dangerous shipping lanes.

Australians who served during the Battle of the Atlantic defended the vital Allied supply routes across the Atlantic Ocean, as Britain relied on shipping for almost everything...

25 April 2019

Across the country and around the world, Australians have attended Anzac Day Commemorative Services to pay tribute to our service men and women.

Media release — Thousands gather to remember this Anzac Day01

24 April 2019

Today, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Liz Cosson AM CSC encouraged all Australians to remember the decisive Battle of Kapyong that took place during the Korean War in April 1951.

Kapyong was one of the most significant battles of the Korean War, during which Australian, Commonwealth and other United Nations (UN) forces helped stop a communist advance on the South Korean capital, Seoul, which had already twice fallen into communist hands during earlier phases of...

5 April 2019

A photographic exhibition titled 'Thank you for your service' showcasing the diversity of current Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, veterans, and their families, will go on display today at Sydney's Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, in the lead-up to Anzac Day 2019.

Media release — Photo exhibition thanks Australian service men and women

4 April 2019

Three major reports from the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme were today released, providing the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), and the broader health community, a better understanding of the health concerns of current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.

Media release — New research provides deeper look at serving and ex-serving community...

3 April 2019

Australian veterans and their families will continue to see an improvement in support and services with $11.5 billion in funding allocated in the 2019–20 Budget.

Media release — Budget puts veterans and their families first

1 April 2019

Computer-based tasks will form the basis of a trial program to assist Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel as they transition from military to civilian life, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said today.

Media release — Computer-based trial designed to assist veterans leaving the military

1 April 2019

Former Australian Defence Force members Sharon Bown and Daniel Keighran VC have both been re-appointed to the Council of the Australian War Memorial for three year terms.

Media release — Council of the Australian War Memorial appointments

31 March 2019

Hobart locals and visitors will have easier and safer access to the commemorative precinct in Hobart with the opening of the Remembrance Bridge today, less than a month ahead of Anzac Day.

Media Release — Remembrance Bridge opens ahead of Anzac Day

27 March 2019

A sculpture commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War will be built in Shepparton thanks to a $170,000 grant from the Australian Government.

Joint media release — Australian Government funds Shepparton Light Horse statue

25 March 2019

The Government will commission an independent inquiry to examine the information provided by scheme administrators and relevant departments to members of the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB) superannuation scheme.

Joint media release — Independent inquiry into the administration of Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits scheme commutation arrangements...

20 March 2019

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is continuing to make plans to conduct the traditional commemorative services at Anzac Cove on 25 April 2019.

Media Statement — Statement regarding Anzac Day Service at Anzac Cove

20 March 2019

Pension payments for veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers are set to increase from 20 March 2019.

Media release — Veteran pensions set to increase

19 March 2019

For the first time, a former Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army has been appointed as the new Repatriation Commissioner with outgoing Commissioner Major General Mark Kelly AO, DSC completing his appointment on 30 June this year.

Media release — Senior Australian soldier next Repatriation Commissioner

15 March 2019

Funding has today been announced for a new $2.1 million initiative to support veterans who are concerned about having taken the anti-malarial drugs mefloquine or tafenoquine.

Media release — Government commits $2.1 million to anti-malarial initiative

14 March 2019

For the first time Queensland's Sunshine Coast has an Eternal Flame thanks largely to an additional $81,616 from the Australian Government's Armistice Centenary Grants Program, which brings the Government's total funding support for the project to $119,616.

Joint media release — Eternal Flame to burn at Maroochydore

13 March 2019

A report on advocacy services for veterans and their families has identified a number of ways to simplify access to support and services.

Media release - Improvements recommended to Veterans’ Advocacy Services

12 March 2019

Funding of more than $390,000 has today been announced under the latest round of the Veteran and Community Grants Program.

Media release - Veteran and Community Grants Announced


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