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Thursday, 26 April 2018

The final arrangements have been put in place for the gifting of replicas of the famous Menin Gate lions from Australia to the City of Ieper, strengthening the bond between our countries which was forged on the Western Front more than a century ago.

Media release - Australia to gift replica Menin Gate lions to Belgian city of Ieper

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

AUSTRALIANS have honoured the sacrifice of our service men and women at hundreds of Anzac Day ceremonies held throughout the country and around the world.

Media release - Australians show strong support for Anzac Day commemorations

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

KNOWN as Kapyong Day, today recognises the anniversary of a turning point in the Korean War when Australians helped prevent Communist forces from occupying the South Korean capital, Seoul, for the third time in less than a year.

Media release - Kapyong Day commemorates landmark battle of Korean War

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

THE centrepiece of Australia’s Anzac Centenary 2014–18, the Sir John Monash Centre, opens in France today, honouring more than 295,000 soldiers who served on the Western Front and the 46,000 who died there.

Media release - Sir John Monash Centre opens on Anzac Day 2018, the Centenary of the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux

Sunday, 22 April 2018

TWO of the sites on the Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front will be enhanced and preserved, ensuring the contribution of Australians in the First World War is never forgotten.

Media release - Australian Government supports outstanding French sites

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

A program to improve easy access to general information about mental health services, counselling, rehabilitation, and transition and support services for veterans and their families has been launched in Mount Gambier, South Australia and North Lakes in the Moreton Bay area of Queensland as part pilot the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is conducting with Australia Post.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

AUSTRALIANS are encouraged to reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who have served our nation on Anzac Day 2018, which this year marks the centenary of the Battles of Villers-Bretonneux.

Media release - Australians encouraged to commemorate Anzac Day 2018

Monday, 16 April 2018

A MAJOR study to improve advocacy services for veterans and their families has commenced under the leadership of the former Chair of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce, Mr Robert Cornall AO.

Media release - Putting veterans and their families first - new study to improve advocacy services

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester has welcomed today’s announcement that the Prime Minister intends to appoint Ms Liz Cosson AM CSC as Department Secretary.

Media release - Minister welcomes announcement of new Department Secretary appointment

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

An independent study is investigating how current and former Australian Defence Force members and their families are assisted to access entitlements and services.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

THE largest study undertaken to examine the impact of military service has confirmed the Federal Government's focus on assisting veterans to transition into civilian life.

Media release - Research into the wellbeing of serving and ex-serving personnel released

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Announcing of the inaugural winners of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards.

Media release - Rewarding excellence in veteran employment

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

In recognising the traditional owners of the land and elders both past and present can I say just how pleased I am to see the progress within the ADF at increasing the number of indigenous people in our workplace both in the Navy, Army and Air Force. There’s more work to be done, but we’re heading in the right direction.

Speech - PM’s Veterans’ Employment Awards

Thursday, 29 March 2018

APRIL will mark the start of a significant program of military commemorations in Australia and overseas, with 2018 culminating in the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Media release One month until Australia's 2018 Commemorative Program begins

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

The Turnbull Government has today announced a Productivity Commission inquiry into the system of compensation and rehabilitation for veterans.

Media release - Independent inquiry into the system of compensation and rehabilitation for veterans

Friday, 23 March 2018

THOUSANDS of schools, libraries, ex-service and other organisations will receive a package of educational resources in the Anzac Day mailout commencing from this week said Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester.

Media release 2018 Anzac Day mailout

Thursday, 22 March 2018

VETERANS and their families will receive increased support services and income support payments after the Senate passed new legislation today.

Media release Delivering better services for veterans and their families

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

VETERAN pension payments will increase in March in line with the biannual indexation process.

Media release - Veteran pensions set to increase

Thursday, 15 March 2018

APPLICATIONS are now open for the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants and Grants-in-Aid for ex-service organisations announced by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester today.

Media release - Grants supporting ex-service organisations now open for applications

Thursday, 8 March 2018

TODAY the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester marked International Women’s Day by attending a morning tea with the War Widows Guild and their supporting organisations paying tribute to the contribution of women to the armed services throughout a Century of Service.

Media release - International Women’s Day - honouring the service and sacrifice of women

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

MORE than $1.4 million in 86 grants have been provided to community groups supporting veterans under the Veteran and Community Grants program in 2017-18 said Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Michael McCormack.

Media release - Veteran and community grants open for applications

Monday, 19 February 2018

TODAY marks the 76th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin and Australians are encouraged to pause to remember those who died during the attacks by Japanese aircraft.

Media release - 76th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin

Friday, 16 February 2018

A glass sculpture of the Rising Sun, commissioned for Australia’s Sir John Monash Centre in France, has gone on public display at the Canberra Glassworks.

Media release - Canberra Glassworks showcases sculpture for Sir John Monash Centre

Thursday, 15 February 2018

VETERANS and their families are set to benefit with Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Michael McCormack introducing the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-Centric Reforms No. 1) Bill 2018 (VCR Bill) to implement several new initiatives which will deliver better services to veterans and their families.

Media release - Delivering better services for veterans and their families

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Morning Star tapestry created to hang in the Sir John Monash Centre in France goes on display at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne today. 

Media release - Western Front tapestry now on display at Shrine of Remembrance

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

TODAY marks the 25th anniversary of the commencement of Australia’s significant contribution to peacekeeping operations in Somalia, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Michael McCormack says.

Media release - 25th anniversary of Australia’s peacekeeping deployment to Somalia

Friday, 22 December 2017

MORE than $640,000 will be provided to community groups supporting veterans under the latest round of the Veteran and Community Grants program announced by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Michael McCormack today.

Media release - Grants support veterans and their communities

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced a new appointment to the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB).

Media release Veterans’ Review Board appointment

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced the reappointment of the Hon Dr Brendan Nelson as Director of the Australian War Memorial.

Media release

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said grant funding of almost $1 million announced today would go to local projects that improved the transition process and employment prospects for younger veterans.

Media release - Supporting Younger Veterans

Monday, 18 December 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said businesses had just one week left to enter the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards and showcase their leadership in the field.

Media release - Last week to nominate for inaugural awards

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced the Australian Government would support a documentary recounting 100 years of Australian–American military cooperation.

Media release - A century of Australian-American military cooperation

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

An Australian-made tapestry created to hang in the Sir John Monash Centre in France was cut from its loom today.

Media release - Morning Star Tapestry to shine In France

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Simon Lewis said today that crucial support services for the veteran community will continue to be available throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

Media release - Support services for veterans open over Christmas

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced three projects commemorating Australia’s wartime history would share in more than $185,000 of grant funding.

Media release - Major commemorative grants announced

Monday, 11 December 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced that 82 community projects honouring Australian service men and women would share more than $210,000 in Government grant funding.

Media release - Community groups benefit from grants funding

Monday, 11 December 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said today time was running out for businesses to nominate for the inaugural Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards.

Media release Time running out to nominate for awards

Thursday, 7 December 2017

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has launched its first information point at Australia Post’s Woden outlet as part of a trial to increase awareness of its services and programs.

Media release Australia Post outlets being trialled as additional contact points for veterans and their families

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

An important piece of Australia’s military history will find a new home after the Vietnamese Government gifted the original Long Tan Cross to Australia.

Media release - Joint media release - Long Tan Cross

Monday, 27 November 2017

A Western Australian student has won the Australian Wartime Experiences category of the National History Challenge (NHC).

Media release WA student wins National History Challenge

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Statement from Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan on the announcement that a project to build wind farms at the site of the Battle of Bullecourt would not proceed.

Media release - Bullecourt Wind farms

Friday, 17 November 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has encouraged Australian businesses to celebrate the contribution of our veterans to the workplace by nominating for the inaugural Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards.

Media release Supporting veterans’ employment

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Remembrance Day today was an opportunity for every Australian to reflect on the lives lost to war and the service and sacrifice of our defence personnel.

Media release - Remembrance Day 2017

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The second Roundtable of Ministers responsible for veterans' issues has reinforced the need to coordinate effort across all levels of government to ensure the successful transition of those Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel moving from military to civilian life.

Media release - Joint Communique - Veterans’ Ministers' meeting

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Our country owes a debt of gratitude to the Australians who fought in the Kokoda and Beachheads campaigns as we mark the 75th anniversary today.

Media release - 75th anniversary of Kokoda and the Beachheads

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said veterans around Australia would benefit from more than $799,000 in grant funding provided to ex-service organisations for community projects.

Media release Grants support veterans and their communities

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Australia will today commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba.

Joint media release Joint Media Release - 100th anniversary of Battle of Beersheba

Monday, 30 October 2017

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has made an approach to market to identify service providers to conduct a trial of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) assistance dogs.

Media release Providers sought for PTSD assistance dogs trial

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced the Australian Government would honour the memory of Indigenous diggers at the Battle of Beersheba 100 years ago through a new documentary.

Media releaseDigging Deep: Lest We Forget documentary

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced the establishment of a Peer Mentor Network in Townsville that will assist current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel recover from a mental health condition.

Media release - Peer Mentor Network to support Townsville veterans

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Government will provide an additional $31 million to support veterans’ mental health as part of its response to the Senate Inquiry into veterans’ suicide.

Media release - $31 million in additional funding for veteran mental health

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Minister for Veterans Affairs today tabled the Government's response to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee’s report on the Inquiry into suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel.

Ministerial statement in response to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee's Report on the Inquiry into suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel

Monday, 23 October 2017

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Dan Tehan will today honour the Australians who served at the Battle of El Alamein on its 75th anniversary.

Media release - 75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today encouraged current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and their family members to take part in events across Australia as part of the annual Veterans’ Health Week (VHW).

Media release - Veterans’ Health Week 2017

Friday, 20 October 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today accepted the gift of a Sir John Monash bust from the Honorary Consul to Monaco, Mr Andrew Cannon AM, at Monaco House in Melbourne.

Media release - Bust of Sir John Monash bound for France

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The achievements of Australia’s inspiring 2017 Invictus Games team have been celebrated during a welcome home function at Parliament House today.

Joint media release - Invictus Games athletes welcomed home

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today told Legacy’s national conference how the Government’s significant investment in DVA is improving the services provided to veterans and their families.

Media release - Addressing Legacy's national conference

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Dan Tehan said Defence was proud to support the 2017 Veterans’ Film Festival in Canberra from 18 to 22 October 2017.

Media release - Proudly Supporting the 2017 Veterans Film Festival

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced that Australian schools would receive an educational kit in preparation for Remembrance Day on 11 November.

Media release - Schools to receive educational kits for Remembrance Day

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced the winners of the Anzac Day Schools’ Awards for 2017 saying the quality of the entries this year had been extremely high.

Media release - Anzac Day Schools’ Awards winners

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA)

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Dan Tehan today announced that Australia would produce replicas of the famous Menin Gate Lions and gift them to the Belgian city of Ieper in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the service and sacrifice of Australians in Flanders during the First World War.

Media release Australia’s Menin Gate Lions gift strengthens friendship with Ieper

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Dan Tehan has wished our Australian athletes good luck as the 2017 Invictus Games kicks off today in Toronto, Canada.

Media release - Good luck to the Australian 2017 Invictus Games team

 

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today told the RSL National Conference in Canberra that improvements to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs would make it, “a 21st century Department with a 21st century service culture”.

Media release - Addressing the RSL National Conference

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Veterans' pension payments have increased in line with the biannual indexation.

Media release - veteran pensions set to increase

Monday, 18 September 2017

From today, services through the Canberra Veterans’ Access Network (VAN) office will be delivered from the Department of Human Services (DHS) Service Centre at 2–6 Bowes Street, Woden ACT.

Media release - Improved services for veterans and their families in Canberra

Friday, 15 September 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said a new Government-funded research centre into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder would improve the lives of veterans and their families.

Media releaseLaunching $6 million research centre to support veterans with PTSD

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan announced today the Australian Government would provide $7.5 million in grant funding for community activities commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in 2018.

Media releaseAustralian Government grants commemorating Australia’s Armistice Centenary

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has announced the Government is working on a trial to evaluate the mental health benefits of assistance dogs for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Media release - Assistance dogs for veterans with PTSD

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today joined current and former peacekeepers and their families for the national service of commemoration marking 70 years of Australia’s involvement in international peacekeeping. The national service also included the dedication of the new Australian Peacekeeping memorial on Anzac Parade in Canberra.

Media release - 70th anniversary of Australian peacekeeping

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today used World Suicide Prevention Day to outline the mental health support available to current and former members of the Australian Defence Force and their families.

Media releaseWorld Suicide Prevention Day

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Australian peacekeepers would be honoured at a national service held at the new Australian Peacekeeping Memorial on 14 September to mark the 70th anniversary of Australian peacekeeping.

Media release - Australia recognises 70 years of peacekeeping

Friday, 8 September 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said veterans would benefit after Parliament yesterday passed measures to simplify veterans’ legislation.

Media release- new compensation Act for veterans

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today thanked the Nashos for their service as he addressed the National Servicemen’s Association National Council Meeting in Canberra.

Media releaseAddressing the National Servicemen’s Association

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

The Australian Government continues to honour its promise to ensure that all Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel are ready for the opportunities of post-service life.

Media releaseGovernment launches Veterans' Employment Awards | Veterans Employment Website

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has urged Australians to reflect on the experiences of those who defended our nation during the Second World War as the nation commemorates Battle for Australia Day today.

Media releaseBattle for Australia Day

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said today Australians should pause and remember the often unsung heroes of the Second World War, the service personnel and civilian seamen who served on merchant vessels.

Media releaseRemembering Australia’s Merchant Mariners

Friday, 1 September 2017

Media organisations or representatives wishing to cover the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba and Sinai-Palestine Campaign commemoration are invited to register to attend the service by close of business on Friday, 15 September 2017.

Media releaseCall for media registration - Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba and Sinai-Palestine Campaign, Be’er Sheva Israel, 31 October

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Inspector-General Of The Australian Defence Force Inquiry Calls For Information About Possible Breaches Of The Laws Of Armed Conflict In Afghanistan

The Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force (IGADF) wants to hear from anyone with information concerning rumours of possible breaches of the Laws of Armed Conflict by members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016.
 
More information

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today encouraged Australians to reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who served during the post-Second World War conflicts in Malaya and on Borneo.

Media releaseRemembering Malaya and Borneo veterans

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has urged Australians to support Legacy during its annual appeal to help continue the important work it does in assisting the families of Australian veterans.

Media releaseSupport Legacy during its annual appeal

Saturday, 26 August 2017

The first Kookaburra Kids Foundation camp for children of current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) families affected by mental illness will take place this weekend.

Media release - First camp for children of veterans affected by mental illness

Friday, 25 August 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan MP today encouraged Australians to pause and reflect on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay.

Media release75th Anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay

Friday, 18 August 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today encouraged Australians to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War, as the country marks Vietnam Veterans’ Day and the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

Media release Vietnam Veterans’ Day and anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Mr Dan Tehan today encouraged Australians to visit the Anzac Portal website after a recent renovation.

Media release - Anzac Portal brings Australia's war history to life

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Government welcomes and will respond to the Senate Reference Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade report into suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel.

Media release - Release of Senate References Committee Report into Suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today encouraged Australians to pause and reflect on the 72nd anniversary of Victory in the Pacific Day, marking the end of the Second World War.

Media release - Victory in the Pacific Day

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced almost $4 million in Government funding for essential advice, advocacy and welfare services for veterans, serving members and their families, war widows and widowers.

Media release - $4m for veterans helping veterans

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced three new appointments to the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health (PMAC).

Media release - New Appointments to the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health

Monday, 7 August 2017

The Australian Government is committed to a stand-alone Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).

Media release - No change

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said today marked the 102nd anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine, one of the most bitterly fought actions of the Gallipoli Campaign.

Media releaseAnniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine

Monday, 31 July 2017

The Australian Government today recognised the unique contribution the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) made to the Vietnam War.

Media release - Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Today, the nation remembers those Australians who served in the Korean War, on the 64th anniversary of the 1953 Armistice agreement.

Media release - Korean War Veterans remembered

Friday, 21 July 2017

On 19 and 20 July 2017, Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood welcomed delegations from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to the International Ministerial Conference on Veterans’ Issues at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Media releaseInternational Ministerial (5-Eyes) conference on veterans' issues

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

"According to the latest data there are more than eight deaths by suicide in Australia each day. Tragically, serving and ex-serving Defence personnel are not immune from this."

Media release - Statement provided to ABC 730

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Ministers from five countries, including Australia, will meet in London this week to explore challenges faced by contemporary veterans, and how governments can improve support services to help them achieve a fulfilling post-service life.

Media release - International conference to focus on veterans’ mental health

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has told the WA RSL State Congress that the Government is addressing two key issues affecting the veteran community: access to mental health treatment and support for families of veterans.

Media release - Addressing the WA RSL State Congress

Friday, 14 July 2017

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) today announced that negotiations were underway to relocate the Canberra Veterans’ Access Network (VAN) office on Corinna Street to Bowes Street, Woden ACT, providing improved access to services for veterans and their families.

Media release - Improved access to services for veterans through the Canberra Veterans’ Access Network (VAN)

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The new commemorative website has launched

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