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Thursday, 27 June 2019

THE government has no plans to change the travel entitlements of Australia’s four living Victoria Cross recipients.

Media release — No changes to Victoria Cross recipients’ travel entitlements

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Opening statement by the Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, Darren Chester at the Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit.

Media release — Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit statement

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

The Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit will bring together key stakeholders at Parliament House to improve services and support to those who have served in the Australian Defence Force.

Media release — Veterans' Mental Health Summit to inform government's strategy

Friday, 21 June 2019

FROM 1 July 2019, all Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel leaving full-time service can access a fully-funded comprehensive health check from a GP every year for the first five years.

Media release — Free annual health checks for personnel leaving defence force

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

MORE than 75,000 veterans are now accessing assistance through the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) online claiming platform, MyService.

Media release — Veterans’ Health Week to focus on mental health

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

The assistance dog trial helping veterans who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is under way in Victoria and showing positive signs during the initial phases.

Joint media release — Assistance dogs-in-training to support our veterans

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of veterans will be the key focus for this years’ Veterans’ Health Week to be held from 26 October to 3 November 2019.

Media release — Veterans’ Health Week to focus on mental health

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of veterans will be the key focus for this years’ Veterans’ Health Week to be held from 26 October to 3 November 2019.

Media release — Veterans’ Health Week to focus on mental health

Tuesday, 01 October 2019

From 1 October 2019, referrals from General Practitioners (GP) to allied health services are changing for DVA clients. Referrals will be valid for up to 12 sessions or a year — whichever ends first. This is the new 'treatment cycle' which aims to improves our clients' quality of care.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Open Arms - Immediate mental health support

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The ex-service community will benefit from the wealth of public and private sector experience of its new Returned and Services Leagues of Australia (RSL) National President Major General Greg Melick AO RFD FANZCN SC.

Media release — New National President for the RSL appointed

Monday, 10 June 2019

Later this month, National PTSD Awareness Day will encourage us all to recognise the effects post-traumatic stress can have on some Australians.

Letter to the Editor — Veteran Mental Health Support

Thursday, 6 June 2019

VETERANS of the Battle of Binh Ba and members of the community will gather at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial on Anzac Parade in Canberra today to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Battle of Binh Ba.

Media release — Veterans gather to commemorate Battle of Binh Ba 50 years on

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

TOMORROW Australia will mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings during the Second World War as part of Operation Overlord — the beginning of the end of the German occupation of north-western Europe.

Media release — Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings

Friday, 31 May 2019

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester says the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is continuing to improve its record as an employer of indigenous Australians.

Media release — Reconciliation Week — walking together with courage

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Today is International Day of United Nations (UN) Peacekeepers and we are encouraged to recognise those personnel who have contributed to global peacekeeping efforts.

Media release — Honouring United Nations Peacekeepers

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Reappointed Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester says a mental health summit, transitioning Australian Defence Force (ADF) members to civilian employment and continuing the transformation of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) will be his highest priorities in the first 100 days back in the role.

Media release — Chester reappointed as Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Today marks Victory in Europe Day and Australians are encouraged to recognise all those who served in the Second World War, and specifically those who served in Europe and on and around the Mediterranean.

This day honours the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Second World War against Germany and her European allies.

On 3 September 1939, it was announced on every national and commercial radio station that because Britain had declared war on Germany, Australia was also at war.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Today, the largest naval battle that has been fought off our shores, the Battle of the Coral Sea, is remembered.

The Battle of the Coral Sea ended Japanese attempts to launch a seaborne invasion of Port Moresby and has long been regarded as 'the battle that saved Australia'.

During the Second World War, the Japanese planned to cut Australia's supply lines from the United States, despatching a fleet to capture Port Moresby as part of its advance into the South West Pacific.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Today the nation remembers the longest military campaign of the Second World War, the Battle of the Atlantic, which began in September 1939 and ended with the surrender of Germany on 8 May 1945.

The Battle of the Atlantic was fought over thousands of miles across the war’s most dangerous shipping lanes.

Australians who served during the Battle of the Atlantic defended the vital Allied supply routes across the Atlantic Ocean, as Britain relied on shipping for almost everything it needed to survive — war materiel, food, fuel and reinforcements.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Across the country and around the world, Australians have attended Anzac Day Commemorative Services to pay tribute to our service men and women.

Media release — Thousands gather to remember this Anzac Day01

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Today, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Liz Cosson AM CSC encouraged all Australians to remember the decisive Battle of Kapyong that took place during the Korean War in April 1951.

Kapyong was one of the most significant battles of the Korean War, during which Australian, Commonwealth and other United Nations (UN) forces helped stop a communist advance on the South Korean capital, Seoul, which had already twice fallen into communist hands during earlier phases of the war.

Thursday, 05 September 2019

As the April 2019 DVA Pension payday falls on Anzac Day, this payday has been moved to Wednesday, 24 April 2019.

Friday, 5 April 2019

A photographic exhibition titled 'Thank you for your service' showcasing the diversity of current Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, veterans, and their families, will go on display today at Sydney's Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, in the lead-up to Anzac Day 2019.

Media release — Photo exhibition thanks Australian service men and women

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Three major reports from the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme were today released, providing the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), and the broader health community, a better understanding of the health concerns of current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.

Media release — New research provides deeper look at serving and ex-serving community

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