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Sunday, 20 March 2016

Veteran pension payments will increase in March in line with the biannual indexation process. Pension recipients including veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia will see the increase from 20 March 2016.

Media release - Veteran Pensions Set to Increase

Friday, 18 March 2016

The Government welcomes the contribution of the Senate Reference Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s report into the mental health of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and veterans and will carefully consider the Inquiry report and its recommendations.

Media release - Release of Senate References Committee Report into the Mental Health of Australian Defence Force Members and Veterans

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Dan Tehan, presented awards to the winners and runners-up in the Australian Government’s 2016 Simpson Prize.

Media release - Students Honoured in Annual Simpson Prize

Wednesday, 09 March 2016

The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, officially launched My Health Record on 4 March, including an opt out pilot in North Queensland and Western Sydney. See Media release. More information is available on the My Health Record website.

Friday, 4 March 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, today paid tribute to a distinguished Australian, Brigadier Bill Rolfe AO (Retd), who has died after a long illness.

Media release - Remembering Brigadier Bill Rolfe AO (Retd)

Sunday, 28 February 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, has announced that the Department of Veterans’ Affairs will plan a wreath laying ceremony at Lone Pine on the afternoon of the 24 April 2016, and in accordance with arrangements for the centenary of the Battle of Lone Pine last year, on 6 August the Department will hold a Lone Pine commemorative service for those who wish to pay their respects at the time and place the battle began.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Dan Tehan, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, today urged Australians to pause and remember the day the Second World War came to Australian shores.

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

Monday, 15 February 2016

The Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), Simon Lewis PSM, has paid tribute to the young men who took part in the National Service scheme.

“Today, National Servicemen’s Day, we recognise and remember the service and sacrifice of thousands of men who were called upon for National Service,” Mr Lewis said.

Media release

Friday, 12 February 2016

Planning for the 2016 Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in Turkey is well on track.

One of the highest priorities for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is to work closely with a range of Australian Government and Turkish authorities, to ensure the health and well-being of those attending.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

A significant step in the construction of the Sir John Monash Centre at the Australian National Memorial site near Villers-Bretonneux in France was taken today with the finalisation of a construction contract with a leading French construction company, Bouygues Bâtiment Grand Ouest.

Media release - Sir John Monash Centre contract awarded

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Kitchen refurbishments, installation of disabled amenities and bus trips to reduce social isolation are some of the projects to receive about $320,000 in funding as part of the Veteran and Community Grants program, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, announced today.

Media release - Veterans to benefit from latest round of community grants

Monday, 8 February 2016

Media registration opens for 2016 overseas commemorations.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

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

Media release - Melbourne hosts the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Stuart Robert today congratulated Deputy President of the Repatriation Commission Major General Craig Orme AM CSC on being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) in this year’s Australia Day Honours.

Media release - Distinguished soldier supports veterans

Saturday, 16 January 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister for Human Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, will depart tomorrow for a series of counterpart meetings in Europe and the United States of America to discuss innovative ways to improve information, communications and technology (ICT), and which will include a sod-turning ceremony at the site of the new Sir John Monash Centre in France.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is asking ex-service organisations, DVA service providers and members of the veteran and ex-service communities to have their say about how best to deliver in-person services at Toowoomba in Queensland and Wodonga in Victoria. The consultation was originally due to conclude on 20 January 2016. However, because the consultations are being held during a traditional holiday period, DVA has extended the consultation period to 5 February 2016.

Monday, 11 January 2016

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition was officially opened in Wollongong today by the Federal Member for Gilmore, Mrs Ann Sudmalis MP on behalf of the Federal Government.

Media releaseWollongong welcomes the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience

Monday, 11 January 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, gratefully acknowledges Rio Tinto’s $10 million contribution to the Anzac Centenary Public Fund.

Media releaseRio Tinto honours Australian Servicemen and Women

Friday, 08 January 2016

As part of the 2015-16 Budget savings measures, selected over-the-counter (OTC) medicines have been delisted from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) effective 1 January 2016. The measure made provision for the impact on veterans and allowed for the proposed delistings to be considered by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Repatriation Pharmaceutical Reference Committee (RPRC).

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

DVA extends the period of consultation about Toowoomba and Wodonga VAN shopfronts to 5 February 2016

On 16 December 2015 the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) commenced a community consultation about the delivery of in-person services at standalone Veterans’ Access Network (VAN) shopfronts at Toowoomba in Queensland and Wodonga in Victoria. View the announcement, together with a set of Questions and Answers.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Today, Sunday 20 December, marks 100 years since the last Australian and New Zealand troops were evacuated from Gallipoli. 

Media release - A century passes since the evacuation from Gallipoli

Friday, 18 December 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, today announced Mr Ken Corke would take up the role of Director, Office of Australian War Graves on 18 January 2016.

Media release New Office of Australian War Graves Director Appointed

Media Release - New Office of Australian War Graves Director Appointed

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Driving information and communications technology (ICT) and systems improvements to help reduce claim processing times for veterans is a priority for the Australian Government.

Media release - Move to improve Veterans’ Affairs systems

Thursday, 18 January 2018

DVA will soon provide in-person services to veterans and the ex-service community in the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads region from three locations.

The Veterans’ Access Network (VAN) office at 17 Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach will continue to provide services. In addition, from early 2016, DVA is intending to co-locate a DVA staff member at the Department of Human Services (DHS) service centres located at the following locations:

Monday, 14 December 2015

Support services for veterans will continue to be available throughout the Christmas period, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), Simon Lewis PSM, said today.

Media release (DOCX 35 KB) - Veteran Support Services Continue Over the Christmas Period 

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