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29 August 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today paid tribute to Legacy for its important work supporting families of veterans.

Media releaseAustralians urged to support Legacy during annual appeal

24 August 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, today congratulated the winners of the Honouring Australian Vietnam Veterans secondary schools’ competition.

Media release - Students honour Australian Vietnam veterans

24 August 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, today announced 15 ex-service organisations would share in nearly $140,000 Grants in Aid funding in 2016–17

Media releaseDVA supports vibrant veteran networks

24 August 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, today announced more than $4 million in Government funding for essential advice, advocacy and welfare services for veterans, serving members and their families, war widows and widowers.

Media release Veterans helping veterans receive $4m boost

18 August 2016

Today is Vietnam Veterans’ Day when Australia honours the service and sacrifice of nearly 60,000 men and women who served in the Vietnam War.

Media release - Vietnam Veterans Day and the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan

17 August 2016

The Vietnamese Government has advised the Australian Government that it will not permit the ceremony to commemorate Vietnam Veteran’s Day at the Long Tan cross site at 15:30 on 18 August to proceed.

Media releaseCancellation of the 50th Anniversary Service at Long Tan

15 August 2016

Today Australia acknowledges Victory in the Pacific Day, commemorating 71 years since the end of the Second World War.

Media releaseVictory in the Pacific Day

11 August 2016

The joint media release by Prime Minister, Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister for Health & Aged Care.

The Turnbull Government will increase support for veterans and ADF members, including an employment initiative to support people moving from military service to civilian life.

Joint media release - Government supports veterans and ADF personnel

11 August 2016

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the end of the Indonesian Confrontation, an undeclared conflict fought mainly along the Malaysian-Indonesian frontier on the island of Borneo from 1963-1966.

Media release - 50th anniversary of the end of the Indonesian Confrontation

10 August 2016

Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan will recommend 10 soldiers who fought in the Battle of Long Tan be awarded a military honour or have their existing honour upgraded.

Media release - Military awards for Long Tan veterans

6 August 2016

Australia will honour the service and sacrifice of Australian soldiers involved in the Battle of Lone Pine 101 years ago today.

Planned as a diversion to draw Turkish forces away from the major objectives of the August offensive on Gallipoli, the Battle of Lone Pine resulted in some 2,200 Australians being killed or wounded while the Turkish forces suffered more than 6,000 casualties.

Media release - Remembering the Battle of Lone Pine

4 August 2016

Australians will honour the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women during the Vietnam War at nationwide commemorative services this month.

The 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August — which is also Vietnam Veterans Day — will be the centrepiece of commemorations honouring Australia’s Vietnam War veterans.

Media Release - Commemorative Program for Vietnam Veterans Day and the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan

3 August 2016

The Australian Government will provide travel assistance to Australia’s Long Tan veterans who travel to Vietnam to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the battle on 18 August.

Media Release - Assistance for Long Tan veterans returning to Vietnam on 18 August 2016

28 July 2016

The commemorative service planned for 6 August at Lone Pine, Gallipoli will not proceed.

Turkish authorities have asked the Australian Government to reconsider holding the service on 6 August, 2016 and, following consultation between our governments, the service will not be held.

Media Release - Lone Pine service at Gallipoli

27 July 2016

Australians should pause and remember those who served in the Korean War and post armistice period on today’s 63rd anniversary of the signing of the armistice. Some 18,000 Australians served in Korea, including during the post-armistice period, with more than 350 Australians losing their lives and some 1,500 wounded.

Media Release - Korean Veterans' Day

25 July 2016

We stand here at the memorial to our fallen soldiers to remember.

To remember our loss and pay tribute to its legacy.

Media Release - Minister Tehan’s commemoration service for the Battle of Pozières

23 July 2016

Today Australia remembers the sacrifice made by Australian servicemen on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Pozières.

The Battle of Pozières (23 July, 1916 to 3 September, 1916) saw three Australian Divisions capture and hold the village of Pozières and from there launch 19 attacks.

Media Release - 100th anniversary of the Battle of Pozières

22 July 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, will today lay a wreath at the Menin Gate memorial in Belgium in honour of Australian soldiers who died in the First World War.

Media Release - Honouring Australia’s missing soldiers at Menin Gate

20 July 2016

The Hon Dan Tehan MP honoured the service and sacrifice of our First World War soldiers this week at the centenary commemorations for the battles of Fromelles.

Media release - Minister Tehan's Speech at VC Corner Cemetery for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles

20 July 2016

The Hon Dan Tehan MP honoured the service and sacrifice of our First World War soldiers this week at the centenary commemorations for the battles of Fromelles.

Media release VA052 - Minister Tehan's Speech at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles

19 July 2016

Australia remembers its soldiers who fought and died in the First World War Battle of Fromelles one hundred years ago today.

Media release Australia commemorates 100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles

18 July 2016

The Hon Dan Tehan MP has been reappointed as the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC.

Media Release - Minister Tehan reappointed Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

17 July 2016

Australia will honour the service and sacrifice of our First World War soldiers this week at the centenary commemorations for the battles of Fromelles and Pozières.

Media release - Australia to honour the 100th Anniversary of Western Front Battles

11 July 2016

July 2016 will mark 100 years since the Battles of Fromelles and Pozières on the Western Front, and many Australians will attend the services in France to commemorate these important events as part of the Anzac Centenary.

21 June 2016

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Secretary Simon Lewis PSM today confirmed DVA’s full support for, and cooperation with, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Media releaseSupport for DVA clients affected by child abuse in the ADF

7 June 2016

Call for media registration to attend the 100th commemorations of the Battles of Fromelles and Pozières, France – 19 and 23 July 2016

The Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) is managing media registration for Australian and French media organisations proposing to cover the commemoration of the Battles of Fromelles and Pozières, to be held as follows:

Battle of Fromelles 100th Anniversary – Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Event: Commemorative Service
Venue: Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery
Time: 10:00: Site opens
12:00: Pre-service program commences
13:00: Service commences

 

Battle of Pozières 100th Anniversary – Saturday, 23 July 2016
Event: Commemorative Service
Venue: 1st Australian Division Memorial Pozières
Time: 12:00: site opens
15:00: pre-service program commences
16:00: Commemoration commences

This is the second opportunity for the Australian and French media to register their interest (forms follow). If you have already provided DVA with your expression of interest and details, you do not need to register again. A confirmation of your registration will be sent to you by the end of June. If you consider you have registered with DVA, and have not heard from us by 30 June, please contact us directly.

Registration form

Media briefings and opportunities

Media briefings for the commemorations will occur onsite at the following times, and registered media are strongly encouraged to attend:

  • 10.30am, Monday, 18 July 2016: Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery
  • 10:30am, Friday, 22 July 2016: 1st Australian Division Memorial Pozières

Media identification passes and very limited parking permits for official media production vehicles will be distributed at the briefings. Important information will also be provided including the order of events and onsite arrangements.

The briefings will be followed by a media opportunity with selected commemoration participants. Further information on this, and other media opportunities in France in the lead-up to the commemorations, will be provided to registered media closer to the commemorations.

Site access

All sites have restricted onsite parking and will only be available for a limited number of official media production vehicles. There will be no general media vehicle parking available on site.

Transport, travel and accommodation

Media representatives are responsible for organising their own travel, transport and accommodation. Accommodation in the Somme region is limited and bookings should be made well in advance.

Media Contacts

Mr Dale Starr
Media Director - Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs
Tel: +61 (0) 6289 4719 (in Australia until 10 July)
Email: dale.starr@dva.gov.au

For France:

Mr Romain Parlier
Media Officer
Australian Embassy Paris
Tel: 33 1 40 59 34 00
Mobile: 33 6 15 17 29 95
Email: romain.parlier@dfat.gov.au

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.

2 June 2016

Today’s repatriation of 33 Australians, including 25 servicemen and eight dependants, will help bring closure to their families and the country, said Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan.

Media release Joint media release – Repatriation of Australians will help bring closure

30 May 2016

Australia will welcome home 33 Australian service personnel and dependents, including 22 Vietnam War veterans, on Thursday, 2 June in one of the largest, single military repatriations in this country’s history.

Media release - Military repatriation chance to welcome home Australians

27 May 2016

The Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), Simon Lewis PSM, has congratulated 34 students from across Australia who have been selected to receive funding under the Long Tan Bursary scheme.

Media release (PDF 28 KB) - Remembering the Bombing of Darwin
Media release (DOCX 25 KB) - Remembering the Bombing of Darwin

26 May 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Dan Tehan, today officially opened the Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia’s 2016 National Congress in Canberra.

Media release - Tribute to Australia’s Vietnam Veterans

13 May 2016

Australia’s Vietnam War veterans will be honoured with a series of commemorative events this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

Media release - Australia commemorates Vietnam War veterans on 50th anniversary of Battle of Long Tan

7 May 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Dan Tehan, today announced two appointments to the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (MRCC).

Media release - Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission Appointments

7 May 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC Dan Tehan, today announced two appointments to the Council of the Australian War Memorial.

Media release - Australian War Memorial Council Appointments

4 May 2016

The team of serving and former defence athletes representing Australia at the Invictus Games would do us proud, Veterans’ Affairs Minister Dan Tehan said as the team departed today.

Media release - Good luck to Australia’s Invictus Games athletes

4 May 2016

I rise to update the House on the recent Anzac Day commemorations, both here and overseas. Anzac Day is a time for all Australians to remember the more than one million service men and women who have defended our country since Federation, and the over 102,700 who gave their lives for their country.

Statement - Anzac Commemorations in Australia and Overseas

3 May 2016

In the 2016–17 Budget, the Turnbull Government’s focus is on ensuring the mental health needs of our veterans are met through early intervention strategies, as well as improving our capability to provide better customer service and support for veterans and their families, now and into the future.

Budget Media Release : Delivering on mental health and enhanced support for veterans

30 April 2016

More than $220,000 in grants have been awarded to 88 community projects that honour Australia’s wartime history, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Dan Tehan, announced today.

Media release - Commemorative Grants Fund Local Community Projects

25 April 2016

Australians will honour the sacrifice of their service men and women at hundreds of Anzac Day ceremonies today in Australia and around the world.

Media release - Australians Commemorate Anzac Day and Centenary of the Western Front

25 April 2016

We stand here in this place to mark the sacrifice, the resolve and the bravery of the men who died for us.

Media release - Gallipoli Anzac Day Dawn Service Address

21 April 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Dan Tehan, will travel to Turkey to represent Australia at the official Anzac Day ceremonies at Gallipoli.

Media Release - Tehan honoured to represent Australia at Gallipoli Dawn Service at Gallipoli Dawn Service

20 April 2016

More than $388,000 has been awarded to communities across Australia to honour Vietnam veterans under the Australian Government’s Vietnam War Commemorative Grants program, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Dan Tehan, announced today.

Media releaseFunding to honour Australia's Vietnam Veterans

20 April 2016

The Department of Veterans Affairs has encouraged news media outlets to consider including where appropriate, contact details for specialised counselling services and online resources for veterans in their Anzac day coverage.

Media release - Anzac Day Reporting: Support for Veterans

17 April 2016

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Dan Tehan, today announced arrangements were in place for the repatriation of Australians from cemeteries in Malaysia and Singapore to Australia, in June 2016.

Media release - Australians Reunited

15 April 2016

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, today said arrangements were in place for the 2016 Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux.

Media release - Anzac Day arrangements on-track for Turkey and France

15 April 2016

Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones has hosted a Roundtable with the new Veterans' Affairs Minister, Dan Tehan, and local Ex Service Organisations (ESOs) in Townsville.

Joint Media Release - Roundtable with Townsville's Ex-Service Organisations

14 April 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Dan Tehan, today encouraged Australians to remember the bond between Australia and Greece at the 75th Anniversary of the campaigns in Greece and Crete.

Media release

13 April 2016

Suncorp, one of Australia’s largest financial services companies, has provided a significant contribution to Australia’s Anzac Centenary Public Fund.

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Dan Tehan announced Queensland’s Anzac Square memorial would receive a major enhancement thanks to a $5 million contribution from one of Australia’s largest companies, Suncorp.

Media releaseSuncorp, one of Australia’s largest financial services companies, has provided a significant contribution to Australia’s Anzac Centenary Public Fund.

8 April 2016

International collaboration between Australian, New Zealand and Turkish experts has produced the first extensive archaeological and historical survey of the Gallipoli battlefield, with findings published by Cambridge University Press.

Media release - Secrets of the Gallipoli battlefield revealed

8 April 2016

Veterans and the wider community today paused to remember the courage and ingenuity of the famous ‘Rats of Tobruk’ on the 75th anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk.

Media Release - Remembering the Rats of Tobruk 75 years on

8 April 2016

Information for broadcasters: On Saturday, 25 April 2016, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in association with the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is providing a host or international feed of Anzac Day services in Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux.

7 April 2016

Final call for media registrations to attend the 2016 Anzac Day services in France and Turkey.

29 March 2016

Veterans who may be concerned following the release of the Senate Committee report into the mental health of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and veterans are encouraged to call the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) on 1800 011 046, DVA Secretary Simon Lewis PSM said today.

Media release - Specialist counselling for veterans

29 March 2016

Dan Tehan, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, has launched a large-format picture book aimed at teaching young Australians about the importance of commemoration. 

Media release - New Generation to learn the Importance of Commemoration

29 March 2016

Two posters depicting the different experiences of Australians on the Western Front in 1916 have been released in the lead-up to Anzac Day to commemorate the thousands of lives lost in battles on the Western Front.

Media release - Commemorative Posters Depict Life on the Western Front

21 March 2016

Senator Zed Seselja welcomed to Canberra nearly 100 riders and support staff who took part in this year’s VetRide initiative.

Media release - VetRide 2016

20 March 2016

Veteran pension payments will increase in March in line with the biannual indexation process. Pension recipients including veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia will see the increase from 20 March 2016.

Media release - Veteran Pensions Set to Increase

18 March 2016

The Government welcomes the contribution of the Senate Reference Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s report into the mental health of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and veterans and will carefully consider the Inquiry report and its recommendations.

Media release - Release of Senate References Committee Report into the Mental Health of Australian Defence Force Members and Veterans

15 March 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Dan Tehan, presented awards to the winners and runners-up in the Australian Government’s 2016 Simpson Prize.

Media release - Students Honoured in Annual Simpson Prize

4 March 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, today paid tribute to a distinguished Australian, Brigadier Bill Rolfe AO (Retd), who has died after a long illness.

Media release - Remembering Brigadier Bill Rolfe AO (Retd)

28 February 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, has announced that the Department of Veterans’ Affairs will plan a wreath laying ceremony at Lone Pine on the afternoon of the 24 April 2016, and in accordance with arrangements for the centenary of the Battle of Lone Pine last year, on 6 August the Department will hold a Lone Pine commemorative service for those who wish to pay their respects at the time and place the battle began.

Media release (PDF 34 KB) - Statement on Lone Pine Commemorations
Media release (DOCX 26 KB) - Statement on Lone Pine Commemorations

19 February 2016

Dan Tehan, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, today urged Australians to pause and remember the day the Second World War came to Australian shores.

Media release (PDF 28 KB) - Remembering the Bombing of Darwin
Media release (DOCX 25 KB) - Remembering the Bombing of Darwin

15 February 2016

The Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), Simon Lewis PSM, has paid tribute to the young men who took part in the National Service scheme.

“Today, National Servicemen’s Day, we recognise and remember the service and sacrifice of thousands of men who were called upon for National Service,” Mr Lewis said.

Media release

12 February 2016

Planning for the 2016 Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in Turkey is well on track.

One of the highest priorities for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is to work closely with a range of Australian Government and Turkish authorities, to ensure the health and well-being of those attending.

8 February 2016

Media registration opens for 2016 overseas commemorations.

7 February 2016

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition officially opened in Melbourne today. Featuring more than 200 artefacts, usually housed at the Australian War Memorial, Melbourne residents are encouraged to visit this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Media release - Melbourne hosts the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience

26 January 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Stuart Robert today congratulated Deputy President of the Repatriation Commission Major General Craig Orme AM CSC on being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) in this year’s Australia Day Honours.

Media release - Distinguished soldier supports veterans

23 January 2016

Kitchen refurbishments, installation of disabled amenities and bus trips to reduce social isolation are some of the projects to receive about $320,000 in funding as part of the Veteran and Community Grants program, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, announced today.

Media release - Veterans to benefit from latest round of community grants

16 January 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister for Human Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, will depart tomorrow for a series of counterpart meetings in Europe and the United States of America to discuss innovative ways to improve information, communications and technology (ICT), and which will include a sod-turning ceremony at the site of the new Sir John Monash Centre in France.

Media release - Minister to visit France, UK and USA

11 January 2016

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition was officially opened in Wollongong today by the Federal Member for Gilmore, Mrs Ann Sudmalis MP on behalf of the Federal Government.

Media releaseWollongong welcomes the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience

11 January 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, gratefully acknowledges Rio Tinto’s $10 million contribution to the Anzac Centenary Public Fund.

Media releaseRio Tinto honours Australian Servicemen and Women

23 December 2015

A significant step in the construction of the Sir John Monash Centre at the Australian National Memorial site near Villers-Bretonneux in France was taken today with the finalisation of a construction contract with a leading French construction company, Bouygues Bâtiment Grand Ouest.

Media release - Sir John Monash Centre contract awarded

20 December 2015

Today, Sunday 20 December, marks 100 years since the last Australian and New Zealand troops were evacuated from Gallipoli. 

Media release - A century passes since the evacuation from Gallipoli

18 December 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, today announced Mr Ken Corke would take up the role of Director, Office of Australian War Graves on 18 January 2016.

Media release New Office of Australian War Graves Director Appointed

Media Release - New Office of Australian War Graves Director Appointed

17 December 2015

Driving information and communications technology (ICT) and systems improvements to help reduce claim processing times for veterans is a priority for the Australian Government.

Media release - Move to improve Veterans’ Affairs systems

16 December 2015

Australian Defence Force servicewomen with dependent children who served in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) found their experience of deployment positive and self-validating, according to research released today by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, and Assistant Minister for Defence, Darren Chester.

Media release - Overseas deployment positive experience for ADF mothers

14 December 2015

Support services for veterans will continue to be available throughout the Christmas period, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), Simon Lewis PSM, said today.

Media release (DOCX 35 KB) - Veteran Support Services Continue Over the Christmas Period 

14 December 2015

The Australian Government will invest $1.46m in a research project to enhance treatment programs for current and former Australian military personnel with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in a bid to improve their mental health and wellbeing and better support their families.

Media release - $1.46 Million to improve PTSD treatment for current and former Australian Defence Force members

11 December 2015

A further $19.65 million in funding from the Anzac Centenary Public Fund has been allocated to commemorative projects in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania, and to the Anzac Centenary John Monash Scholarship.

Media release - Further support for ANZAC Centenary projects

10 December 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, has announced the Veterans and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service (VVCS) is conducting a new study into the effectiveness of online mental health counselling services.

Media release - Veterans Skype counselling pilot under way

9 December 2015

Arrangements for a major review of the dental and allied health services provided to veterans were announced today by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert.

Media release - DVA due for dental and allied health check-up

9 December 2015

Seven projects commemorating Australia’s wartime heritage have been awarded a total of more than $355,000 under the Saluting Their Service program, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, announced today.

Media release - Major commemorative grants support local projects

8 December 2015

The Government has recently awarded over $822,000 to ex-service organisations around Australia to support community projects that will enhance the lives of many in the veteran community.

Media release Community grants boost veteran health and wellbeing projects

4 December 2015

July 2016 will mark 100 years since the Battles of Fromelles and Pozières on the Western Front, and from today Australians will be able to apply to attend the services in France to commemorate these important events as part of the Anzac Centenary.

Media release - Applications open for 2016 Fromelles and Pozières commemorations

2 December 2015

A new posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) eLearning program for mental health providers will help improve treatment for former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members.

Media release - New eLearning programs to improve veterans’ health care

1 December 2015

Two children from The Hutchins School in Tasmania were today presented with the award for the Australian Wartime Experiences special category in the National History Challenge (NHC) for their joint project, “Kokoda: How it lives on in us”.

Media release Tasmanian students triumph in special category of National History Challenge

30 November 2015

It is with great pleasure that I rise to deliver this Ministerial Statement—my first as the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac—to apprise the House of the Government’s continued commitment to commemorating the Centenary of Anzac.

Ministerial Statement - Centenary of Anzac National Program

27 November 2015

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition has officially opened in Bendigo. The interactive experience includes more than 200 artefacts normally housed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Media Release Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition open in Bendigo

25 November 2015

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC Stuart Robert today announced the Governor-General has appointed 21 new part-time members to the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB).

Media release - New Veterans’ Review Board members announced

25 November 2015

The Gallipoli Symphony premiered to an enthusiastic audience in Brisbane last night.  Performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and supported by soloists from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey, last night’s performance is the only time the full musical and visual masterpiece is planned to be staged in Australia. 

Media release - Standing ovation for the Gallipoli Symphony

19 November 2015

Former Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) has asked current Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and recent veterans to volunteer to complete a University of Adelaide survey about the impact of contemporary service on their health and wellbeing by 30 November 2015.

Media release (DOCX 35KB)

 

16 November 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, today encouraged current Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and eligible former members to complete a University of Adelaide survey about the impact of contemporary military service on their health and wellbeing.

Media Release - Health survey of recent veterans & ADF personnel closing soon

11 November 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, honoured fallen French and Australian servicemen and women today at a Remembrance Day service at the Arc de Triomphe in France.

Media release

10 November 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, departed for Europe today to inspect Australia’s key Anzac Centenary commemorative sites and meet with his European counterparts.

Media Release

8 November 2015

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition officially opened in Ballarat today. Residents of the region are encouraged to visit this once-in-a-lifetime experience, which features more than 200 artefacts usually housed at the Australian War Memorial.

6 November 2015

A large Remembrance Day poppy will light up the windows of the top floors of Lovett Tower in Woden over the next few days to honour the more than 102,000 Australian service personnel who have died in wars and armed conflicts.

Departmental Media Release

5 November 2015

In the lead up to Remembrance Day on Wednesday, 11 November, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, today encouraged all Australians to purchase and wear a red poppy in support of the Returned and Services League’s (RSL) Poppy Day Appeal. 

Media Release

31 October 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, today unveiled a memorial to the Australian Light Horse at Woombye, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Media Release

29 October 2015

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Stuart Robert today officially opened new Sydney CBD premises for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) in Centennial Plaza.

Media release

 

23 October 2015

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, today announced the Government would be introducing a simplified approach to contracting private hospital services that will ensure veterans continue to receive high quality health services while reducing red tape for providers.

23 October 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, today outlined his priorities for the next 12 months for improving Government support and services provided to Australia’s ex-service community.

20 October 2015

It is with great sadness I extend my condolences to the family and friends of Major-General William ‘Digger’ James who passed away over the weekend aged 85.

20 October 2015

I extend my condolences to the family and friends of Brigadier John Deighton AM MC (Ret’d) as they mourn the passing of a gallant man with three decades of service as a soldier.

16 October 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, has congratulated the War Widows’ Guild of Australia on its 70th Anniversary.

14 October 2015

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition officially opened in Hobart today.

13 October 2015

It is with sadness that I extend my condolences to the family and friends of renowned war artist correspondent Anthony (Tony) Rafty OAM who passed away late last week, just days short of his 100th birthday. 

10 October 2015

Tackling the mental health challenges faced by veterans and their families is a priority for the Australian Government, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, said today during an address to the RSL WA Branch Annual State Congress.

9 October 2015

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, together with local Federal Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt, today attended the dedication of the new Coronet Bay War Memorial and met with local veterans in Melbourne’s south east.

8 October 2015

The Australian War Memorial today dedicated a statue, Elevation of the Senses, to a team that has helped save many Australian lives in theatres of war around the world – Explosive Detection Dogs (EDD) and their handlers.

26 September 2015

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition was officially launched today in Launceston. The interactive experience includes more than 200 artefacts normally housed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

20 September 2015

Three First World War graves in the Birr Cross Roads Cemetery in Belgium will be rededicated today, finally commemorating by name three Australian soldiers who died in the First World War. 

Media release VA103

18 September 2015

Veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia will see an increase to their pensions from 20 September 2015 as part of the bi-annual indexation process.

Media release VA102

15 September 2015

The Right Mix website has been enhanced to provide better support for veterans and serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members in order to help them manage their alcohol consumption, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson said today.

Media release VA101

14 September 2015

Funding applications for initiatives that recognise the contribution of Australian servicemen and women who served our country during the Vietnam conflict are now open.

Media Release VA100

14 September 2015

Today, Australian Peacekeepers Day, is a time to acknowledge the Australian men and women who have played an important role in restoring peace and harmony in areas affected by conflict around the globe.

Media release VA099

13 September 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, joined seven Australian veterans from the New Guinea campaigns, post 1943, during the Second World War, and the people of Papua New Guinea, in attending a commemorative service at the Cape Wom Surrender Memorial, marking 70 years to the day the Japanese surrendered at the site

Media release VA098

11 September 2015

The creative talents of Victoria’s ex-service community will be celebrated at today’s official launch of the 2015 Victorian Veteran Community Story Writing and Art Competition (SWAC) exhibition.

Media release VA097

10 September 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, released a free mobile phone app to help serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel deal with suicidal thoughts.

Media Release VA096

4 September 2015

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition was officially opened today by the Prime Minister, the Hon. Tony Abbott, in the Albury-Wodonga region. The travelling exhibition is highly interactive and includes more than 200 artefacts normally housed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Media Release VA092

3 September 2015

On this day 76 years ago, then Australian Prime Minister Robert Gordon Menzies announced the beginning of Australia’s involvement in the Second World War. On the same day, Britain, France and New Zealand declared war on Germany. 

2 September 2015

Seven Second World War veterans who served in, or directly supported, the New Guinea campaigns from the Battle for Wau in January 1943 onwards, will travel to Papua New Guinea (PNG) to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced today.

Media Release VA090 | Veteran biographies and images

28 August 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, encouraged Australians to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of those who fought in post-Second World War conflicts in the Malaya and Borneo regions. 

Media release VA089

28 August 2015

The High Res website, which helps veterans and serving members of the Australian Defence Force manage the unique mental stresses of military service was launched today by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson and Assistant Minister for Defence, the Hon. Stuart Robert MP.

Media release VA088

26 August 2015

A new Anzac Memorial was unveiled at Deception Bay by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson and Member for Petrie Luke Howarth MP. 

Media release VA087

18 August 2015

Fifty years on from the deployment of 1RAR to South Vietnam and the beginning of Australia’s combat role in the Vietnam War, the Australian Government is proud to launch a dedicated one-off grants sub-programme to help the community recognise the contribution of Australian servicemen and women who served our country during the Vietnam conflict.  

Media release VA086

18 August 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced a one-off school competition to honour Australia’s Vietnam veterans.

Media release VA085

18 August 2015

On Vietnam Veterans’ Day, Australians pause to remember the service and sacrifice of all those who fought in the Vietnam War.  

Media release VA084

15 August 2015

The 70th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific will be commemorated around Australia today at special commemorative ceremonies, before a special celebratory dinner in Brisbane tonight.

Media release VA083

14 August 2015

Schools from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Queensland are the national winners in this year’s Anzac Day Schools’ Awards, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, announced today.

Media release VA082

13 August 2015

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced 116 community projects honouring Australian servicemen and women will receive more than $285,000 in funding under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service grants programme.

Media release VA081

12 August 2015

The Government has awarded almost $600,000 to ex-service organisations around Australia to support grass roots projects that will enhance the lives of many in the veteran community.

Media release VA080

11 August 2015

This Saturday marks 70 years since then Prime Minister Ben Chifley declared that the Second World War was officially over with the Japanese Government accepting the Allied Nations’ terms of surrender.

Media Release VA079

6 August 2015

Commemorative services are being staged around the nation today and in Gallipoli as Australians pay tribute to Anzac Soldiers who were involved in the Battle of Lone Pine.

Media release VA078

31 July 2015

The Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Simon Lewis PSM, today honoured the service and sacrifice of Australians involved in the Malayan Emergency.

27 July 2015

Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Simon Lewis PSM, today encouraged all Australians to pause and remember those who served in the 1950–53 Korean War and post-armistice.

13 July 2015

The Australian and International premieres of the Gallipoli Symphony—a musical and visual journey which tells the story of the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign – were announced today by the Australian Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson.

Media release VA075

12 July 2015

The invaluable contribution to the health and wellbeing of the veteran community made by Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop was commemorated in Melbourne on 12 July , marking the 30th anniversary of the creation of his Foundation and the launch of its annual fundraising appeal.

Media release VA074

10 July 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, honoured the service and sacrifice of some 35 Australians involved in the Battle of Britain 75 years ago.

Media release VA073

3 July 2015

The Desert Mounted Corps Memorial in Albany, Western Australia, was today declared a Military Memorial of National Significance by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson.

Media release VA072

1 July 2015

Registrations for the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition tickets will open for people in the Launceston region today, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson has announced together with local MPs Andrew Nikolic, Eric Hutchinson and Brett Whiteley.

Media release VA071

1 July 2015

Registrations for the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition tickets will open for people in the Hobart region today, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson has announced with Senator for Tasmania David Bushby.

Media release VA070

1 July 2015

Registrations for the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition tickets will open for people in the Albury-Wodonga region today, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson has announced with Member for Farrer, the Hon. Sussan Ley.

Media release VA069

30 June 2015

The City of Kingston today held dedication ceremonies for two memorials to honour Australia’s First World War veterans, funded through the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program (ACLGP).

Media release VA067

25 June 2015

On the 65th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, encouraged Australians to remember those who served in what is often called the ‘forgotten war’.

Media release VA066

20 June 2015

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced the National Returned and Services League (RSL) will receive a grant of $200,000 to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific, at the RSL’s Queensland Congress in Brisbane today.

Media release VA064

19 June 2015

More than 100 veterans of the Second World War will this year be honoured at ceremonies across the country with France’s prestigious Legion of Honour award, which was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 to acknowledge outstanding military accomplishments and other distinguished services to France.

Media release VA063

18 June 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, has announced arrangements for the 100th anniversary commemoration for the August Offensive at Lone Pine, Gallipoli in Turkey on 6 August 2015.

Lone Pine 2015 - August Offensive

Media release VA062 I Gallipoli 2015 

18 June 2015

The compilation of the Official Histories of Australian operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the peacekeeping operations in East Timor took a significant step forward today with the Australian War Memorial (AWM) calling for expressions of interest from qualified historians to oversee the project.

Media release VA061

15 June 2015

It is with great sadness that I extend my condolences to the family and friends of Ross Pearson OAM, who passed away on Saturday, 13 June 2015, at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney.

Media release VA060

12 June 2015

The Malaysian Government has pledged its support and offered to assist wherever possible in returning the bodies of Australian soldiers buried at the Terendak Military Cemetery in Malaysia. 

Media Release VA059

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