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2019 Media Centre

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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20 December 2019

The strategic evacuation of the last Australian soldiers from Gallipoli Peninsula more than a century ago has been remembered at a service held at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

Media release I Speech

19 December 2019

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said Operation TAMAR was established in July 1994 in response to the humanitarian crisis in Rwanda and in support of the United Nations Assistance Mission.

Media release

13 December 2019

At the meeting of the Veterans Ministerial Council on 29 November 2019, State and Territory Ministers provided initial feedback on the draft of the Commonwealth’s new Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and National Action Plan to improve veteran mental health and wellbeing and reduce suicide.

Media release

13 December 2019

Matthew Anderson PSM has been appointed as the next Director of the Australian War Memorial by Prime Minister Scott Morrison following a formal section process.

Media release - Australian War Memorial Director appointed

6 December 2019

VETERANS who currently have to pay for their medical treatment upfront and wait to be reimbursed will only need to present their Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) health card to pay for their treatment under changes to the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) passed through Parliament yesterday.

Media release

1 December 2019

SUPPORT for veterans and their families who may be struggling with mental health conditions or at risk of suicide, will be enhanced through the Community and Peer Program which is currently being rolled out across Australia.

Media release

29 November 2019

Today the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released three independent reports into the health and wellbeing of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel:

  1. The National suicide monitoring of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel: 2019 update
  2. Use of homelessness services by contemporary ex-serving ADF members: 2011–17
  3. Medications dispensed to contemporary ex-serving Australian Defence Force members 2017–18....
28 November 2019

More than 300,000 additional Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and veterans, including Reservists and Peacekeepers, will be able to access low cost home insurance through the Defence Service Homes Insurance.

Media release

27 November 2019

VETERANS will be engaged on the early works of the Australian War Memorial’s development project, with construction company Lendlease today announced as the head contractor for the extension of the Poppy’s Café car park.

Media release

26 November 2019

MORE veterans seeking to manage their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will benefit with the expansion of the Government’s psychiatric assistance dog program.

Media release

22 November 2019

LOCAL RSLs and schools are among the latest recipients of Saluting Their Service grants as more than $360,000 in funding is delivered to commemorative projects and activities across Australia.

Media release

18 November 2019

Official plans for the nine-year Australian War Memorial Development Project have been unveiled, outlining how the contemporary story of service and sacrifice will be told to future generations.

Joint media release — Australian War Memorial Development Project

16 November 2019

AUSTRALIAN businesses are recognising the value of hiring veterans, with 129 nominations received for the 2020 Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards.

Media release — Veteran employment celebrated

11 November 2019

ONE hundred years ago today, on 11 November 1919, Australians for the first time paused and stood in silent reflection to remember the 60,000 service men and women who sacrificed their lives during the First World War.

Media release — Commemorating the service and sacrifice of our fallen

5 November 2019

COMMUNITIES nationwide will be better placed to commemorate those who have served our nation with an additional $10 million provided for the Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants Program.

Media release — Local communities benefit from funding boost for commemorative grants

3 November 2019

Australian Defence Force veterans will be able to access thousands of special discounts as businesses across the nation say ‘thank you for your service’.

Joint media release — Respect and recognition for Australian Veterans

1 November 2019

PROJECTS right across the country commemorating Australia’s wartime heritage will be funded thanks to more than $265,000 in Saluting Their Service grants.

Media release — Communities salute service men and women

30 October 2019

Current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Comcare, Sue Weston PSM, has today been appointed as a part-time member of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (MRCC) for a five-year term.

Media release — Appointment to Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission

29 October 2019

Ensuring veterans and their families are receiving all the support they need will be on top of the agenda when Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester is hosted by the Member for Herbert, Phillip Thompson OAM, in Townsville today.

Joint media release — Local support for veterans in Townsville

29 October 2019

Results from the fundamental changes made to the way the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) is delivering services to veterans and their families, are evident in this year's Client Satisfaction Survey findings.

Media release — Increased veteran satisfaction with DVA services


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