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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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28 October 2019

As part of this year's Veterans' Health Week, Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester will today visit Australia Zoo to celebrate Sunshine Coast Veterans Day, a local initiative which supports local veterans' mental health and employment prospects.

Joint media release — Australia Zoo supports ex-service community on Sunshine Coast Veterans Day

25 October 2019

VETERANS’ mental wellbeing will be a major focus across Australia this week, as Veterans’ Health Week kicks off tomorrow.

Media release — Veterans’ Health Week focused on mental wellbeing

23 October 2019

Twenty-four schools from across Australia have been recognised in this year's Anzac Day Schools' Awards, with Durack School in the Northern Territory and Devonport High School in Tasmania taking out the national honours for primary and secondary school categories.

Media release — Anzac Day Schools' Awards winners showcase creativity

22 October 2019

Members of the community will be able to better recognise the unique nature of military service and further acknowledge the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families through legislation that passed Parliament today.

Media release - Greater recognition for veterans and their families

1 October 2019

FORMER Prime Minister, the Hon Anthony (Tony) Abbott has today been appointed as a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial, bringing with him dedication, passion and knowledge in a period that will see the Memorial upgraded to tell the stories of more recent conflicts.

Media release - Council of the Australian War Memorial appointment

27 September 2019

Military veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will be able to access specially trained assistance dogs under a new program announced today by Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester.

Media release - Assistance dogs to support veterans with PTSD

24 September 2019

VETERANS, their families, and the broader ex-service community are being asked to help shape the Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and National Action Plan as public consultation opens today.

Media release — Government seeks input into mental health and wellbeing strategy and national action plan

20 September 2019

Veteran pension payments will increase in September in line with the biannual indexation process.

Media release — Veteran pensions set to increase

13 September 2019

The dedicated service of Australians on international peace operations is honoured today on National Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Day.

Media release — Remembering the vital role of Australia’s peacekeepers

12 September 2019

Nominations for the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards, which highlight the contributions made by veterans in the civilian workforce and the businesses that support them, opened online today.

Media release — Government taking action to support veteran employment

11 September 2019

Schools across Australia can this week expect the Remembrance Day mail-out in preparation for 11 November, when the nation will commemorate veterans for their service and sacrifice in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Media release — Remembrance Day mail out encouraging younger Australians to learn about wartime history

5 September 2019

Veterans and their families across Australia will be better supported thanks to more than $875,000 in community grants aimed at improving veteran health and wellbeing.

Media release — Funding for organisations to support our veteran community

3 September 2019

Every year on the first Wednesday of September we commemorate the Battle for Australia and acknowledge the bravery of all those who served on the home front protecting our shores during the Second World War.

Media release — Commemorating Battle for Australia Day

2 September 2019

This Tuesday, it will be eighty years to the day Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced that Australia was at war.

Media release — 80 years on from the Second World War Australia remembers

2 September 2019

Australians have served on board merchant vessels for more than a century and tomorrow on Merchant Navy Day, we thank them for their service.

Media release — The role of our merchant mariners remembered

31 August 2019

Tomorrow marks the start of Legacy Week, the annual national appeal to support the families of veterans who have given their life or health for this country.

Media release — Supporting veterans' families this Legacy Week

30 August 2019

Tomorrow we commemorate Malaya and Borneo Veterans' Day and recognise the Australian military personnel who fought in the Malayan Emergency (1948–60) and the Indonesian Confrontation, or Konfrontasi (1962–66).

Media release — Malaya and Borneo veterans commemorated

23 August 2019

Veteran wellbeing, mental health, homelessness and transition have been the focus of a meeting between federal, state and territory Ministers in Canberra today.

Joint communiqué — Veterans Ministerial Council

21 August 2019

PROJECTS focused on mental health support for younger veterans will be prioritised in the next round of the Supporting Younger Veterans grants program.

Media release - Younger Veterans' Mental Health Grants


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