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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Australians will honour the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women during the Vietnam War at nationwide commemorative services this month.

The 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August — which is also Vietnam Veterans Day — will be the centrepiece of commemorations honouring Australia’s Vietnam War veterans.

Media Release - Commemorative Program for Vietnam Veterans Day and the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The Australian Government will provide travel assistance to Australia’s Long Tan veterans who travel to Vietnam to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the battle on 18 August.

Media Release - Assistance for Long Tan veterans returning to Vietnam on 18 August 2016

Thursday, 28 July 2016

The commemorative service planned for 6 August at Lone Pine, Gallipoli will not proceed.

Turkish authorities have asked the Australian Government to reconsider holding the service on 6 August, 2016 and, following consultation between our governments, the service will not be held.

Media Release - Lone Pine service at Gallipoli

Monday, 11 July 2016

July 2016 will mark 100 years since the Battles of Fromelles and Pozières on the Western Front, and many Australians will attend the services in France to commemorate these important events as part of the Anzac Centenary.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Australians should pause and remember those who served in the Korean War and post armistice period on today’s 63rd anniversary of the signing of the armistice. Some 18,000 Australians served in Korea, including during the post-armistice period, with more than 350 Australians losing their lives and some 1,500 wounded.

Media Release - Korean Veterans' Day

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Today Australia remembers the sacrifice made by Australian servicemen on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Pozières.

The Battle of Pozières (23 July, 1916 to 3 September, 1916) saw three Australian Divisions capture and hold the village of Pozières and from there launch 19 attacks.

Media Release - 100th anniversary of the Battle of Pozières

Friday, 22 July 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, will today lay a wreath at the Menin Gate memorial in Belgium in honour of Australian soldiers who died in the First World War.

Media Release - Honouring Australia’s missing soldiers at Menin Gate

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

The Hon Dan Tehan MP honoured the service and sacrifice of our First World War soldiers this week at the centenary commemorations for the battles of Fromelles.

Media release - Minister Tehan's Speech at VC Corner Cemetery for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

The Hon Dan Tehan MP honoured the service and sacrifice of our First World War soldiers this week at the centenary commemorations for the battles of Fromelles.

Media release VA052 - Minister Tehan's Speech at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Hon Dan Tehan MP has been reappointed as the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC.

Media Release - Minister Tehan reappointed Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Australia will honour the service and sacrifice of our First World War soldiers this week at the centenary commemorations for the battles of Fromelles and Pozières.

Media release - Australia to honour the 100th Anniversary of Western Front Battles

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine will be a significant event and provides Australians with a further opportunity to visit the Gallipoli Peninsula and Turkey during 2015. 

On 6 August 2015 the Australian Government will conduct a commemorative service to mark the centenary of the August Offensive at the Lone Pine Cemetery on the Gallipoli peninsula.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition officially opened in Ballarat today. Residents of the region are encouraged to visit this once-in-a-lifetime experience, which features more than 200 artefacts usually housed at the Australian War Memorial.

Friday, 8 April 2016

International collaboration between Australian, New Zealand and Turkish experts has produced the first extensive archaeological and historical survey of the Gallipoli battlefield, with findings published by Cambridge University Press.

Media release - Secrets of the Gallipoli battlefield revealed

Friday, 8 April 2016

Veterans and the wider community today paused to remember the courage and ingenuity of the famous ‘Rats of Tobruk’ on the 75th anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk.

Media Release - Remembering the Rats of Tobruk 75 years on

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Australia remembers its soldiers who fought and died in the First World War Battle of Fromelles one hundred years ago today.

Media release Australia commemorates 100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Today’s repatriation of 33 Australians, including 25 servicemen and eight dependants, will help bring closure to their families and the country, said Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan.

Media release Joint media release – Repatriation of Australians will help bring closure

Friday, 13 May 2016

Australia’s Vietnam War veterans will be honoured with a series of commemorative events this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

Media release - Australia commemorates Vietnam War veterans on 50th anniversary of Battle of Long Tan

Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Dan Tehan, today officially opened the Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia’s 2016 National Congress in Canberra.

Media release - Tribute to Australia’s Vietnam Veterans

Friday, 27 May 2016

The Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), Simon Lewis PSM, has congratulated 34 students from across Australia who have been selected to receive funding under the Long Tan Bursary scheme.

Media release (PDF 28 KB) - Remembering the Bombing of Darwin
Media release (DOCX 25 KB) - Remembering the Bombing of Darwin

Monday, 30 May 2016

Australia will welcome home 33 Australian service personnel and dependents, including 22 Vietnam War veterans, on Thursday, 2 June in one of the largest, single military repatriations in this country’s history.

Media release - Military repatriation chance to welcome home Australians

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Secretary Simon Lewis PSM today confirmed DVA’s full support for, and cooperation with, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Media releaseSupport for DVA clients affected by child abuse in the ADF

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Call for media registration to attend the 100th commemorations of the Battles of Fromelles and Pozières, France – 19 and 23 July 2016

The Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) is managing media registration for Australian and French media organisations proposing to cover the commemoration of the Battles of Fromelles and Pozières, to be held as follows:

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is moving to new service delivery arrangements in the Toowoomba region that will enable it to continue providing in-person support for local DVA clients.

This follows a community consultation undertaken between December 2015 and February 2016 in which DVA sought views from the veteran and ex-service communities and other stakeholders about the future of the standalone Veterans’ Access Network (VAN) shopfront in Toowoomba.

The current standalone Toowoomba VAN office will close on Friday 17 June, 2016.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

The MRCA Rehabilitation Long-Term Study is a joint DVA-Department of Defence project that will examine the effectiveness of rehabilitation arrangements under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) within both the Australian Defence Force and DVA, over the long term.

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