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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Dear Editor,
One hundred years on from the First World War and the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps – the ANZACs – on the shores of Gallipoli in Turkey, Australians come together to honour all those who have served our country.

Letter to the Editor VA030

Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced the names of the eight Second World War veterans, aged from 90 to 97 years old, who will travel to France and the United Kingdom in May to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe.

Victory in Europe Day Logo

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The ballot for attendance at Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli is now complete with all 8,120 places available for Australians allocated and accepted.

Media release VA027 | Gallipoli 2015 website

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Late yesterday I became aware of a joint Camp Gallipoli and Woolworths campaign featuring the word ‘Anzac’.

Statement - 15 April 2015

Monday, 13 April 2015

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson today announced the names of the ten widows of Australian First World War veterans travelling to Gallipoli for this year’s Anzac Day Services.

Media release VA026

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson, today announced three new appointments to the Council of the Australian War Memorial.

Media release VA024

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Launching the Phoenix Australia: Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health at The University of Melbourne, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, highlighted the Government’s ongoing commitment to posttraumatic mental health.

Media release VA022

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

In recognition of the unique nature of military services, ADF Members and veterans will be exempt from changes to the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA) announced in Parliament on 25 March 2015.

Media release VA021 | Employment website

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

A special plant propagated especially for the Centenary of Anzac has been launched at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson.

Media release VA020

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The contributions of both the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Telstra towards the Spirit of Anzac Experience travelling exhibition have been acknowledged by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson.

Media Release VA019

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Penrith’s Judges Park has been transformed by 102,804 commemorative poppies, arranged in the formation of a single large poppy, to honour every single Australian soldier who has given their life for our country.

Media release VA018

Friday, 20 March 2015

Veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia will see an increase to their pensions from 20 March 2015 as part of the bi-annual indexation process.

Media release VA017

Thursday, 19 March 2015

A new mobile phone app to help serving and ex-serving ADF personnel manage stress and build their psychological resilience is available to download for free from the iOS app store and Android Google Play.

Media Release VA016

Friday, 13 March 2015

The wait is over for Australians attending Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli this year, with attendance passes to begin arriving in the mail.

Media release VA015 | Gallipoli 2015 website

Thursday, 19 February 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, encouraged Australians to honour those who defended Darwin against Japanese air raids during the Second World War. 

Media Release VA012

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Brisbane-based community choir Voices of Birralee were today presented with special uniforms ahead of their upcoming performance in France as part of official Anzac Day Centenary services.

Media Release VA011

Monday, 16 February 2015

More Australians will be offered the chance to attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli as the next call on the ballot’s waitlist has been activated with 304 double passes released.

Media release VA010 | Gallipoli 2015 website

Friday, 13 February 2015

Australians remember the service and sacrifice of thousands of men who were called upon for National Service.

Media release VA009

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Forty projects that benefit the veteran and defence communities have received a $681,368 funding boost under the Australian Government’s Veteran and Community Grants program.

Media release VA008 | Veteran & Community Grants

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

All Australians are today encouraged to remember the 82 crew members who lost their lives in our greatest peacetime military tragedy, the sinking of HMAS Voyager II.  

Media release VA007

Monday, 2 February 2015

Tim McCombe OAM  passed away on Saturday, 31 January 2015. Mr McCombe was a veteran who devoted his time to lending a hand to other veterans and current serving men and women.

Media release VA005

Thursday, 29 January 2015

The Government has made it easier for veterans to access mental health support under new arrangements announced today.

Media release VA004

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The Hon. Thomas ‘Tom’ Uren AC, a Second World War veteran and former Labor Minister, passed away earlier this week. Mr Uren was dedicated to serving his country and will be greatly missed

Media release VA003

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Australian Government and Qantas have announced a collaboration to support ANZAC Centenary activities marking the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

Media Release VA002

Friday, 23 January 2015

The Anzac Centenary Public Fund has received a one-off $10 million donation from Woodside, adding to the growing list of corporate and public donations supporting the ongoing series of ANZAC commemoration events.

Media Release VA001


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