28 November – Veteran creativity on show in Victoria
Veterans from across Victoria put pen and paint to paper showcasing their artistic talents as part of the 2014 Story Writing & Art Competition (SWAC) at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.
26 November – Sir John Monash Scholarship receives funding
Dr Phoebe Williams has been named as the inaugural Sir John Monash Anzac Centenary Scholar at a ceremony in Sydney. The scholarship will fund her studies in Australia and internationally for three years.
25 November – Video highlights important message for Defence community
A video reminding Australian Defence Force members that support is available no matter what stage of their career they are at was launched today at the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health.
24 November - Expanding access to veteran mental health support in Sydney
In a continued effort to ensure members of the veteran community and their families have simplified access to mental health support, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson today announced that the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) will be expanding its footprint in the Sydney region.
19 November - Major grants to commemorate wartime service
Four projects honouring the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women will receive more than $342,000 in funding under the Major Commemorative Grants category of the Saluting Their Service programme.
17 November - Projects supporting our veterans receive funding
Organisations across the nation that provide vital services and support to our veteran and defence communities will receive a welcome funding boost under the Government’s Veteran and Community Grants program.
14 November - Targeted service to veterans in Western Sydney
From December, veterans in the greater Western Sydney region will receive more targeted support from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs through an expanded outreach program and a new office in Parramatta.
11 November - War time reporters honoured in Major Commemorative Grants
The contribution of Charles Edwin Woodrow (C.E.W) Bean, and of all the men and women who have reported on Australia’s experience of war, will be honoured with the construction of a new memorial to be located at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
11 November - Anzac Centenary Public Fund Recommendations
I am pleased to announce $7.45 million in funding from the Anzac Centenary Public Fund to support the commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.
10 November - Remember a Century of Service and Sacrifice
As a nation we pause for a minute’s silence every year at 11am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. We take a moment to remember all those who have served Australia in times of war and conflict and to honour their legacy.
November - Remembrance Day
This Remembrance Day, Tuesday 11 November, Australians across the nation and around the world will pause at 11am for one minute's silence to remember the sacrifice of those who have served in our country's uniform during times of war and conflict.
- Remembrance Day poster 2014 (PDF 441 KB)
Remembrance Day poster 2014 (DOC 27 KB)
- Remembrance Day media backgrounder (PDF 621 KB)
Remembrance Day media backgrounder (DOC 608 KB)
1 November - Three Australian veterans to receive France's highest honour
Three Australian Second World War veterans will be presented with France’s highest honour, the Legion of Honour, at the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event being held in Albany, Western Australia.
- Legion of Honour media backgrounder (PDF 145 KB)
Legion of Honour media backgrounder (DOC 268 KB)
- Tom Lofthouse Biography (PDF 1.4 MB)
Tom Lofthouse Biography (DOC 227 KB)
- Murray and Eric Maxton Biography (PDF 1.4 MB)
Murray and Eric Biography (DOC 228 KB)
31 October - Support the RSL this Remembrance Day
In the lead up to Remembrance Day on Tuesday 11 November, I encourage all Australians to purchase and wear a red poppy, in support of the Returned and Services League's (RSL) Poppy Day Appeal.
31 October - Theft at Anzac commemorative site in Turkey
The Australian Government was informed overnight of the theft of the letters ANZAC from the Anzac Commemorative Site at North Beach in Turkey.
29 October - Government cuts red tape facing veterans and their families
The Government is slashing red tape for veterans and their families, making it easier for them to access services from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).
28 October - Important research studies released
The Department of Veterans' Affairs today released three important research studies into the impact on families and veterans of service during the Vietnam War and of peacekeeping duties.
24 October- Further funding approved for local grants program
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced that a further 231 grants totalling $1.96 million have been approved under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program. This brings the total number of grants approved to 605 grants across 123 electorates, with $5.8 million being made available to date for communities to implement commemorative projects.
15 October - 10 days to go to confirm your place at Gallipoli 2015
There are just 10 days left for Australians offered a place in the ballot for Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 to accept the chance of a lifetime and provide travel details for next year's Centenary Dawn Service.
10 October - Nutrition the key focus during Veterans' Health Week
Veterans across Australia are encouraged to improve their health and wellbeing during Veterans' Health Week, 13-20 October, by taking part in a week of fun and informative activities centered around improving their nutrition.
26 September - Victoria's ex-service community gets creative
The creative talents of members of Victoria’s ex-service community will be celebrated today at the official launch of the 2014 Victorian Veteran Community Story Writing and Art Competition (SWAC) exhibition.
26 September - One month left to confirm your place at Gallipoli 2015
Australians offered a place in the ballot for Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 have until 11:59 pm AEDT Saturday, 25 October 2014 to accept or decline their place at next year’s centenary Dawn Service.
19 September - Pension increase for the veteran community
From 20 September 2014, veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia will see an increase to their pensions.
16 September - Experts discover Gallipoli battlefield clues
A team of eminent archaeologists, historians and researchers from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey have uncovered more than 14 kilometres of trench - much of it in the original frontline - leading to rare insights into the often forgotten struggles of those who fought on the Gallipoli Peninsula 100 years ago. They have also found evidence of ancient Roman occupation.
15 September - Grants help communities honour our servicemen and women
It was announced today that more than $178,000 in funding has been provided for community projects honouring Australia’s servicemen and women.
14 September - Commemorating Australia's peacekeepers
Australian Peacekeepers Day, is a time to acknowledge the men and women who played an important role in restoring peace and harmony in areas affected by conflict around the globe.
12 September - New initiative linking injured veterans to employment
Recognising the unique nature of military service, a new trial initiative has been announced that will help wounded, injured or ill veterans achieve employment opportunities as part of their recovery.
11 September - Australians sharing commemorative experiences online
Today, the Anzac Centenary Facebook Photo app helping Australians get involved in the Anzac Centenary from anywhere in the world was launched.
11 September - Remarks at the Bita Paka Commemorative Event Bita Paka War Cemetary, Rabaul, PNG
One hundred years ago, the land on which we stand was a possession of the German Empire, a possession that was won and lost in war.
11 September - Australia's first action of the First World War remembered
Today marks the centenary of Australia’s first campaign of the First World War and remembers in particular the six men who fell in the brief but bitter encounter at Bita Paka in German New Guinea.
8 September - DVA has commenced the fourth data Study of Mortality & Cancer Incidence in F-111 Deseal/Reseal program Aircraft Maintenance Personnel
DVA has commenced the fourth in a series of studies on the mortality and cancer incidence of F-111 Aircraft Maintenance workers who were involved in the F-111 Deseal/Reseal (DSRS) programs during 1977-2000.
This study is expected to be completed mid 2015 and follows on from three previous studies completed in 2003, 2004 and 2009 as part of a broader Study into the Study of Health Outcomes of Aircraft Maintenance Personnel (SHOAMP).
4 September - Commonwealth Bank of Australia contributes $2 million to the Anzac Centenary Public Fund
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia contributes a very generous $2 million to the Anzac Centenary Public Fund.
3 September - Remembering our merchant mariners
Today, on Merchant Navy Day, we remember the largely unsung heroes of war, the Australian Defence Force personnel and civilian seamen who served in Merchant Navies across the world.
3 September - Battle for Australia Day 2014
Each year, on the first Wednesday in September, we commemorate Battle for Australia Day, marking the defeat of the Japanese forces in the Battle of Milne Bay. We remember those who fought and died defending our nation during the Second World War.
1 September - Local Centenary Grants Commemorate Anzac Centenary
A further 119 grants worth $975,000 have been approved under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Programme, bringing to more than $3.34 million in funding for local commemorative projects has been approved to date under the programme.
1 September - Legacy Week 2014
Legacy Week, which commences today, is an annual reminder of the work carried out by this great Australian organisation to assist the families of those who have served and sacrificed for their country.
21 August - Cutting red tape for veterans and their families
From 1 September 2014, current serving ADF members, including Reservists, will be able use their purple ADF ID Card to prove their identity for the purposes of making a DVA claim, reducing red tape in the claims application process.
20 August - Grants fund veteran projects across Australia
Fifty-seven projects supporting Australia’s veteran and Defence community will benefit from $682,051 in funding as part of the Veteran and Community Grants program.
18 August - Greater access to health and wellbeing services for veterans and their families through Facebook
As part of the Abbott Government’s ongoing commitment to increasing the accessibility of veteran mental health support, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson today launched an integrated social media presence for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS).
15 August - Vietnam veterans remembered across Australia
Veterans, their families and the wider community will gather at ceremonies across the country this weekend, and especially on Monday, to mark Vietnam Veterans’ Remembrance Day.
15 August - Suffering of Sandakan POWs remembered
The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today urger all Australians to remember Sandakan Day and especially those Australians who suffered acts of cruelty during the Second World War.
13 August - The Red Cross - 100 years of people helping people
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today paid tribute to the Australian Red Cross on its 100th anniversary, acknowledging the outstanding contribution, support and dedication it has provided to Australians, particularly in time of war.
8 August - Turkey gifts 60 double passes to Australians for Gallipoli 2015
A further 60 double passes to Anzac Day at Gallipoli in 2015 will be released to Australians on the waitlist thanks to the generosity of Turkey, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced today.
7 August - Restoration of veteran advocacy and support funding delivered
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson, today announced $3.8 million in funding to deliver important support services to Australia’s ex-service community.
6 August - Kerry Stokes re-appointed to War Memorial Council
Leading Australian businessman and philanthropist, Mr Kerry Stokes AC, has been re-appointed to the Council of the Australian War Memorial.
5 August - 100 Years since Australia's first shot in the war was fired
One hundred years on from what was believed to be the ‘first shot’ fired by British Empire forces during the First World War, the community has gathered at Fort Nepean to remember this momentous event in Australian history.
4 August - Funding Boost for States and Territories Anzac Centenary Projects
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced $4 million in funding from the Anzac Centenary Public Fund to support the commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac in Tasmania, the Northern Territory and South Australia.
28 July - Anzac Spirit Lives on in our Schools
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today congratulated schools from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Western Australia (WA) that have been awarded top honours in this year’s Anzac Day Schools’ Awards.
27 July - Honour our Korean Veterans Today
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, paid tribute to the some 18,000 Australians who served during the Korean War 1950-1953 and Post Armistice, today on Korean Veterans Day – 27 July.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
26 June - Gallipoli ballot waitlist activated
Australians 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Commemorative Mission to France for the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the European Campaign, June 2014
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.
- Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme Media Pack (PDF 2.7 MB)
Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme Media Pack (DOC 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 April - Gallipoli Anzac Day 2015 ballot complete
The outcome of the Anzac Day Dawn Service ballot for Gallipoli in 2015 has been announced. All applicants will be notified shortly.
27 March - Local grants salute Australia's veterans
Commemorative projects saluting Australia’s servicemen and women, past and present, have received funding under the Saluting Their Service grants program.
27 March - Grants promote independence and quality of life for veterans
Bowling green upgrades, kitchen refurbishments and bus trips to reduce social isolation are some of the projects to receive $974,255 in funding as part of the Veteran and Community Grants program.
24 March - Additional Gallipoli Centenary service in 2015
Australians planning to mark the Centenary of the Gallipoli campaign in 2015 will have an additional commemorative service to attend at Lone Pine on 6 August 2015.
21 March - Pension increase for veteran community
More than 272,000 veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia received a pension increase on 20 March 2014.
13 March - New look PMAC to tackle veteran mental health
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced the establishment of a new Prime Ministerial Advisory Council (PMAC) with a renewed focus on veteran mental health.
7 March - New Board to oversee Anzac Centenary Public Fund
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced the appointment of a new five member Board to oversee the operation of the Anzac Centenary Public Fund.
5 March - Veterans urged to take part in consultation
Today the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) will begin consultation with veterans, war widow/ers, their families, the Community and Public Sector Union and DVA staff about the future of some shopfront services in Victoria and New South Wales.
5 March - Giving DVA a new home for the long-term
Today’s announcement to relocate the national office of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs from Woden to Civic in 2016 marks a new beginning for DVA, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, said.
19 February - Wartime defence of Darwin honoured
All Australians are urged to honour those who defended Darwin against Japanese air raids during the Second World War.
14 February - Sacrifices of our National Servicemen remembered
All Australians are encouraged to take a moment today, on National Servicemen's Day, to pay tribute to the young men who took part in the National Service scheme.
13 February – Highest honour to digger who made the ultimate sacrifice
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson warmly welcomed the Australian Government’s decision to posthumously award the Victoria Cross for Australia to the late Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird MG.
13 February - New $1 coin shares the spirit of the Centenary of Anzac
A new $1 circulating 2014 coin featuring the Centenary of Anzac logo and produced by the Royal Australian Mint has been unveiled.
10 February - 50th anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Voyager II
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today encouraged all Australians to remember one of the nation’s greatest Naval tragedies, the sinking of HMAS Voyager II in 1964.
6 February - VALE Arthur Gietzelt AO
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today expressed sorrow at the passing of the former Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Arthur Gietzelt AO, who will be farewelled at a State Memorial Service today.
2 February – Next steps for Gallipoli 2015 ballot
42,582 applications were received from Australians planning to attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli in 2015.
30 January - Last chance to apply for Gallipoli 2015 ballot
The ballot for attendance at Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 closes at 11:59pm AEDST Friday 31 January.
29 January - Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Local Member for Herbert visit DVA offices in Townsville
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, was joined today by the Federal Member for Herbert, Ewen Jones MP, meeting staff from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and Veterans and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service (VVCS) offices in Townsville, along with local ex-service organisation (ESO) members.
29 January - Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) to be enhanced in Northern Tasmania
Veterans living in Northern Tasmania will have access to enhanced services from the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS).
28 January - Congratulations to General Cosgrove on his appointment as the next Governor-General of Australia
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson, today congratulated General Peter Cosgrove AC MC on his appointment as Australia’s next Governor-General.
14 January - Safety Paramount as the Hot Weather Continues
With the hot temperatures sweeping across the country the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today reminded Australia’s veteran community to look after their health.