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Friday, 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

Monday, 02 December 2019

DVA will continue providing support to veterans and their families during the holiday season. However, please be aware that some services will be impacted from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day inclusive.

Sunday, 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

Friday, 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.

Media release

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Friday, 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

Monday, 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

Saturday, 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

Monday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Sunday, 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

Friday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Thursday, 17 October 2019

View the PDF version(s) of the Annual Reports 2018–19

Tuesday, 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

Friday, 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


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