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Monday, 06 January 2020

The impact of the bushfires is being felt across the nation, including by members of the veteran and defence communities. Health and safety is the priority during this time, and we encourage you to listen to the experts on how to be prepared.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Australian businesses have proved they are getting the message — veterans are good for business. Following the largest number of nominations received for the annual Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards the 24 finalists were today announced.

Media release — Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards Finalists

Monday, 20 January 2020

Over 50,000 Australian military veterans live in communities affected by this season’s unprecedented bushfires and there is support available to them through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said today.

Media release — Support available to veterans affected by bushfires

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Temporary emergency measures made to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) ensuring those in bushfire affected communities have access to the medicines they need, includes medicines listed on the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS).

Media release — Access to emergency medications for bushfire affected veterans

Friday, 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.

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Thursday, 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

Friday, 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

Friday, 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

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

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

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