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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Veteran pension payments will increase from today, in line with indexation, for veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia.

Media release - Increase to veteran pensions

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has established a dedicated mefloquine support team for our serving and ex-serving community.

Media release - Addressing mefloquine concerns

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Government Response to the Senate Inquiry Report on the mental health of ADF members and veterans was tabled in the Senate today. The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, said the Government would increase mental health support for Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and veterans.

Media release - Govt response to Senate Inquiry Report

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the Government had cut red tape which meant veterans’ claims would be processed faster. DVA has reduced the requirements for liability for five medical conditions, reducing the time taken to process around 600 claims a year.

Media release - Streamlined processing reduces red tape for veterans

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the nation honoured the service of more than 30,000 men and women who have participated in peacekeeping operations since 1947 on National Peacekeepers Day today.

Media release - Honouring Australian peacekeepers

Saturday, 10 September 2016

On World Suicide Prevention Day, my message to all serving Defence personnel and veterans is that help is available now and if you think you need it, or someone you know needs it - please ask for help.

Media releaseWorld Suicide Prevention Day

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Australians should today reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who served in defence of our nation in the Pacific in 1942-43 during the Second World War as we commemorate the Battle for Australia Day.

Media releaseBattle for Australia Day

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Ex-service organisations will share more than $600,000 to enhance the lives of those in the veteran community.

Media release -Veterans’grants build community connection

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Merchant Navy Day today was an opportunity for the nation to honour the service and sacrifice of our merchant mariners.

Media release - Saluting the service of our merchant mariners

Friday, 2 September 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, launched the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition in Townsville today.

Mr Tehan said more than 15,000 tickets had already been booked to attend the free exhibit in Townsville that features more than 200 artefacts from the Australian War Memorial.

Media Release - Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience opens in Townsville

Friday, 2 September 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan praised the veterans who volunteer their time to support other veterans with mental health issues as he toured the Peer to Peer Support Network pilot program in Townsville today.

Media release - Praise for volunteer veterans supporting other veterans

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

On Malaya and Borneo Veterans’ Day, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan paid tribute to the Australians who served in the post-Second World War campaigns.

Media Release - Honouring Malaya and Borneo veterans

Monday, 29 August 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today paid tribute to Legacy for its important work supporting families of veterans.

Media releaseAustralians urged to support Legacy during annual appeal

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, today announced 15 ex-service organisations would share in nearly $140,000 Grants in Aid funding in 2016–17

Media releaseDVA supports vibrant veteran networks

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, today congratulated the winners of the Honouring Australian Vietnam Veterans secondary schools’ competition.

Media release - Students honour Australian Vietnam veterans

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, today announced more than $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 Veterans helping veterans receive $4m boost

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Today is Vietnam Veterans’ Day when Australia honours the service and sacrifice of nearly 60,000 men and women who served in the Vietnam War.

Media release - Vietnam Veterans Day and the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The Vietnamese Government has advised the Australian Government that it will not permit the ceremony to commemorate Vietnam Veteran’s Day at the Long Tan cross site at 15:30 on 18 August to proceed.

Media releaseCancellation of the 50th Anniversary Service at Long Tan

Monday, 15 August 2016

Today Australia acknowledges Victory in the Pacific Day, commemorating 71 years since the end of the Second World War.

Media releaseVictory in the Pacific Day

Thursday, 11 August 2016

The joint media release by Prime Minister, Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister for Health & Aged Care.

The Turnbull Government will increase support for veterans and ADF members, including an employment initiative to support people moving from military service to civilian life.

Joint media release - Government supports veterans and ADF personnel

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the end of the Indonesian Confrontation, an undeclared conflict fought mainly along the Malaysian-Indonesian frontier on the island of Borneo from 1963-1966.

Media release - 50th anniversary of the end of the Indonesian Confrontation

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan will recommend 10 soldiers who fought in the Battle of Long Tan be awarded a military honour or have their existing honour upgraded.

Media release - Military awards for Long Tan veterans

Wednesday, 09 October 2019

DVA provides services and support to individuals who experienced sexual or physical abuse in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Monday, 25 July 2016

We stand here at the memorial to our fallen soldiers to remember.

To remember our loss and pay tribute to its legacy.

Media Release - Minister Tehan’s commemoration service for the Battle of Pozières

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Australia will honour the service and sacrifice of Australian soldiers involved in the Battle of Lone Pine 101 years ago today.

Planned as a diversion to draw Turkish forces away from the major objectives of the August offensive on Gallipoli, the Battle of Lone Pine resulted in some 2,200 Australians being killed or wounded while the Turkish forces suffered more than 6,000 casualties.

Media release - Remembering the Battle of Lone Pine

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