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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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6 March 2019

It is with great sadness that I extend my condolences on behalf of the Government to the family and friends of Leslie Allen Carlyon AC who passed away on Monday, 4 March 2019.

Media Statement — Vale Leslie Allen Carlyon AC

6 March 2019

One of the priorities of the newly established Council for Women and Families United by Defence Service will be to consider a request from the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester to identify an appropriate form of recognition for the families of service personnel who are killed or wounded in action and service.

Media release Recognition of families left behind...

5 March 2019

Nine companies and individuals who have created employment opportunities and helped demonstrate the positive contribution veterans make to Australian workplaces have been honoured through the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards.

Joint media release — Employment Awards highlight veterans are good for business

1 March 2019

MORE than $1 million worth of grants have been provided to organisations supporting the needs of younger veterans and their families.

Media release — Funding Announced to Support Younger Veterans

27 February 2019

Major General Natasha Fox AM CSC, Head of People Capability at the Department of Defence, has been appointed to the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (MRCC), as a part-time member for a term of five years, replacing Rear Admiral Brett Wolski AM.

Media release — Major General Natasha Fox appointed to the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission

27 February 2019

Following the success of a two-year Community and Peer Pilot in Townsville, Open Arms — Veterans & Families Counselling will now roll-out their Community and Peer Program across Australia, Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester said today.

Media release — Community and Peer Program to help vulnerable Australian veterans

25 February 2019

When it comes to sensitive matters like this which are at the heart of our entire nation, it is vital that the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) conducts full consultations with ex-service organisations and the general public before they make any changes. That's what the public expect, it's what the Prime Minister and the government expect.

Media statement — Anzac Day Villers-...

20 February 2019

NEW legislation introduced into Federal Parliament will provide better recognition of the unique nature of military service and further acknowledge the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families.

Media release — Greater recognition for veterans and their families

19 February 2019

Today, on the Bombing of Darwin Day, all Australians are encouraged to remember those who protected our shores and tragically died when the Japanese launched bombing raids on Northern Australia during the Second World War.

Media release — Australia remembers the Bombing of Darwin

18 February 2019

Businesses from across the country have been recognised for their achievements in creating employment opportunities for veterans, with finalists of the 2019 Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards announced today by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester.

Media release — Finalists announced for 2019 Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Awards

14 February 2019

The Honourable Dr Brendan Nelson AO will continue as Director of the Australian War Memorial until 31 December 2019.

Media release — Reappointment of Director of the Australian War Memorial

14 February 2019

The Coalition Government is fast-tracking delivery of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card for members of the Australian civilian surgical and medical teams who provided medical aid, training and treatment to local Vietnamese people during the Vietnam War.

Joint media release — Fast-tracking support to SEATO doctors and nurses

13 February 2019

The Council of the Australian War Memorial will benefit from the unique perspectives of its latest appointment, Ms Gwen Cherne.

Media release — New appointment brings unique perspective to Council of the Australian War Memorial

5 February 2019

A number of unmarked graves of First World War veterans who died after returning from the war will be commemorated under a two-year pilot program announced today by the Federal Government.

Media release First World War veterans not forgotten

29 January 2019

MORE than $157,000 of funding under the latest round of Supporting Younger Veterans Grants, has been awarded to Flinders University, in concert with William Kibby VC Men’s Shed, to develop a program to support younger veterans undertaking tertiary education.

Joint media release — Supporting younger veterans in tertiary study

22 January 2019

Faster claim submissions and processing times for veterans and their families are being delivered through a number of recent improvements and features to MyService – the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) online platform.

Media release Expanded online claiming for veterans

18 January 2019

Members of the Veterans' Review Board (VRB) have been appointed by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret'd), the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester announced today.

Media release — Appointment of members to the Veterans' Review Board

10 January 2019

BRIGADIER Paul Nothard will take up the role of Director of the Office of Australian War Graves from 11 January 2019, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester announced today.

Media release - Appointment of new Office of War Graves Director

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