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Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Friday, 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

Saturday, 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

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Saturday, 17 August 2019

TOMORROW Australians across the country are encouraged to commemorate the service of all those who served in the Vietnam War and the Battle of Long Tan.

Media release - Vietnam Veterans' legacy remembered

Friday, 16 August 2019

Mobile Service Centre's Desert Rose and Golden Wattle have concluded another busy financial year travelling across the country providing rural and regional communities with tailored Centrelink, Medicare, Child Support, and as part of a pilot, veteran-specific assistance.

Media release - From coast to country: Mobile service centres take government services to the bush

Thursday, 15 August 2019

THE Federal Government will undertake a nationwide search for a new director of the Australian War Memorial after Dr Brendan Nelson AO has announced that he would finish in the role at the end of the year.

Media release - AWM Director thanked for outstanding achievements

Thursday, 15 August 2019

TODAY marks 74 years since the Second World War was officially declared over by then Prime Minister Ben Chifley, with Japan accepting the Allied Nations’ terms of surrender.

Media release - Victory in the Pacific Day - remembering the end of the second world war

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Women and families from across Australia whose lives have been impacted as a result of Defence service have tonight come together at the Honouring Women United by Defence Service (HWUDS) dinner in Canberra.

Media release - Honouring women’s contribution to our defence

Friday, 2 August 2019

Families of serving, transitioning, or ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) who are experiencing mental health concerns following trauma now have a new resource to help them.

Media release - Support for military families in coping with trauma

Thursday, 1 August 2019

The Leopold War Memorial will receive a $30,000 Federal Government grant.

Media release - Leopold War Memorial receives Armistice grant

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

The membership of the Council for Women and Families United by Defence Service has been announced today ahead of its first meeting on 2 August.

Media release - Women and Families United by Defence Service council members announced

Friday, 26 July 2019

Tomorrow marks 66 years since the Korean War Armistice was signed, ending three years of war in Korea. 

Media release - Nation pauses to remember the Korean War Armistice

Monday, 22 July 2019

Veteran-specific lifeline Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling has successfully retained its Mental Health Accreditation under the National Standards for Mental Health Services (NSMHS).

Media release - Open Arms retains mental health accreditation

Monday, 8 July 2019

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester today welcomed the appointment of Christine Morgan as the new National Suicide Prevention Adviser.

Media release - Mental health and suicide prevention a welcome national priority

Thursday, 4 July 2019

The Coalition Government today tabled in Parliament the final Productivity Commission report into Compensation and Rehabilitation for Veterans — A Better Way to Support Veterans.

Joint media release — Productivity Commission report into Compensation and Rehabilitation of Veterans released

Monday, 1 July 2019

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester has welcomed the focus on Australian veterans during the swearing in of the nation's 27th Governor-General, David Hurley.

Media release - Minister welcomes support for veterans from Governor-General

Monday, 1 July 2019

IMPROVEMENTS to how veterans and their families access services and support will continue with funding committed for the ongoing transformation of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) secured until 2021.

Media release - Making it easier for veterans to access support

Sunday, 30 June 2019

TOMORROW the nation marks Reserve Forces Day, recognising the essential role our Navy, Army and Air Force Reservists have played in theatres of war, conflicts and peacekeeping.

Media release

Monday, 1 July 2019

SUPPORT for veterans’ health and wellbeing will be boosted through a range of new initiatives coming into effect today.

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, Darren Chester said from July 1, anyone who transitions from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will have access to an annual Veteran Health Check for the first five years following their transition.

Friday, 28 June 2019

After almost a decade of enhancing the services and support provided to veterans and their families, and the broader ex-service community, Major General Mark Kelly AO DSC will pass the Repatriation Commissioner mantle to Mr Don Spinks AM.

Media release - Outgoing Repatriation Commissioner thanked for dedicated service

Friday, 28 June 2019

Today marks a century since the Treaty of Versailles was signed, formally ending hostilities during the First World War between the Allied powers and Germany.

Media statement — 100 years since the signing of the Treaty of Versailles

Thursday, 27 June 2019

The health and wellbeing of veterans and their families is a high priority for the Morrison Government.

Media statement — Veteran Treatment Cycle initiative

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