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2013 Media Centre Archive

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

24 December - Grants Help Improve Veteran and Defence Community Life

Everything from upgrades to kitchen and office facilities to the purchase of equipment for Men’s Sheds are among projects to receive funding in the latest round of Veteran and Community Grants, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced today.

Media release VA020


24 December - Minister's Christmas Message

As 2013 comes to an end, I reaffirm the Government’s commitment to looking after our veterans and their families. The physical and mental health of veterans will continue to be a priority for the Australian Government in 2014 and beyond.

Media release VA019


16 December - Towards 2020: a blueprint for Veterans Affairs   

Today, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Secretary, Mr Simon Lewis PSM, jointly launched the Department’s new strategic plan, DVA towards 2020.

Media release VA018 | DVA strategic plan -  DVA towards 2020


10 December - Minister opens new premises of Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health  

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today officially opened the new premises of the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH) at the University of Melbourne.  

Media release VA017


3 December - Alcohol management app ‘ON TRACK’ to deliver additional support

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced a new and improved version of the ON TRACK with The Right Mix mobile phone application, which is now available for download.

Media release VA016


26 November - Franco-Australian relations flourish in First World War Centenary planning

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, welcomed French Associate Minister for Defence, in charge of Veterans’ Affairs, Mr Kader Arif in Canberra today, continuing their dialogue about commemorations for the Centenary of the First World War.

Media release VA015


Gallipoli 2015 logo14 November – Gallipoli 2015 ballot opens midnight 15 November

The ballot for places at Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 is open from midnight 15 November 2013 to 31 January 2014.

Media release VA014 | Gallipoli 2015 website


Australian Remembrance Trail logo9 November 2013 - Australian WWI legacy unveiled in Belgium

Australian visitors to Belgium seeking a military history experience are set to benefit from a new interpretive centre that opened in Ploegsteert, Belgium today.

 Media release VA013Overview of Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front


8 November 2013 - Honour our fallen this Remembrance Day

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, encouraged all Australians to take a moment on Remembrance Day to reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who have bravely served our nation in war, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Media release VA012 | Remembrance Day 2013 resources


4 November 2013 - Reduced Deeming Rates put money back in veterans’ pockets

Nearly 60,000 members of the veteran and defence communities will benefit from a decrease to deeming rates from 4 November 2013.

Media release VA010


Gallipoli Gelibolu 201531 October – Gallipoli 2015 ballot to open in mid-November

Australians planning to attend Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings can apply for the ballot planned to open in mid November.   

Media release VA009 | Gallipoli 2015 website  


25 October - First sod turned on Anzac Interpretive Centre

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, and Western Australian Minister for Veterans, Joe Francis MP, today turned the first sod on construction of the Anzac Interpretive Centre in Albany, Western Australia.

Senator Ronaldson said he was delighted that construction had officially begun on the Centre – a key project for the Anzac Centenary – which has been jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian governments.

Media release VA008


18 October - Centenary of Anzac conversation welcomed

At the National Legacy Conference today, the Prime Minister foreshadowed some projects for consideration, which could ensure a lasting legacy during the forthcoming commemoration period.  

Media release VA006


18 October – Minister advances Centenary of Anzac planning

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, will today advance First World War Centenary planning at a multi-lateral Ministerial meeting in Paris.

Media release VA005


Logo for Veterans Health Week 2013, consisting of some green dice.Veterans’ Health Week

This Veterans’ Health Week, 14-20 October, veterans of all ages are encouraged to improve their health and wellbeing by participating in a range of events to be held in towns and citites around Australia.  This year’s events are focused on the central theme of Physical Activity – Fitness, Strength, Flexibility and Balance.


9 October 2013 - Families in focus on World Mental Health Day

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, encouraged members of the veteran and Defence communities to recognise the importance of family support in mental health recovery in the lead up to tomorrow’s World Mental Health Day. 

Media release VA003


26 September – Vale Rusty Priest AM

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, expressed his sorrow at the passing of former NSW State President and National Deputy President of the RSL, ‘Rusty’ Godfrey Eugene Priest AM, aged 86

Media release VA002


19 September 2013  – Veteran pension rate rise on September 20

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced new pension and income support payment rates for some 290,000 veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia would apply from 20 September.

The first full pension payments at the new rates will be on 17 October 2013.

Media release VA001 (PDF 122KB) | Media release VA001 (Word 132KB) | Pension rates


Dedication of Australian peacekeepers honoured

On 14 September, Australian Peacekeepers Day, all Australians are urged to take a moment to pay tribute to the dedication and courage shown by the men and women who have, and continue to, risk their lives for the safety of others while undertaking peacekeeping operations. 

Australia has a long, proud history of peacekeeping and humanitarian service with over 30,000 Australians taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations since the first Australians left for Djokjakarta (Indonesia) in September 1947.  The Australian Defence Force and Australian Federal Police have been involved in over a hundred operations (large and small), providing forces and leadership for peace observation and enforcement, weapons destruction, demining, training, and disaster relief all over the world.


Suicide prevention day logoBreaking Down Barriers To Suicide Prevention

On 10 September, World Suicide Prevention Day, members of the veteran and Defence communities were encouraged to seek help when they need it.

The theme of this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day is Stigma – A Barrier to Suicide Prevention. It reminds us all that suicide can be prevented with the right support and understanding. By understanding the warning signs and how to respond to them, we can reach out to mates, ask if they are OK and encourage them to seek help if they need it.

If a veteran or their family member needs mental health support, they can seek professional support from a General Practitioner who may refer them to a psychologist, psychiatrist or social worker if needed. 

They can also access 24-hour counselling and support through the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) on 1800 011 046.  Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel can also call the All Hours Support Line on 1800 628 036. In a crisis, call 000.

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

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