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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

For the first time, a former Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army has been appointed as the new Repatriation Commissioner with outgoing Commissioner Major General Mark Kelly AO, DSC completing his appointment on 30 June this year.

Media release — Senior Australian soldier next Repatriation Commissioner

Friday, 15 March 2019

Funding has today been announced for a new $2.1 million initiative to support veterans who are concerned about having taken the anti-malarial drugs mefloquine or tafenoquine.

Media release — Government commits $2.1 million to anti-malarial initiative

Thursday, 14 March 2019

For the first time Queensland's Sunshine Coast has an Eternal Flame thanks largely to an additional $81,616 from the Australian Government's Armistice Centenary Grants Program, which brings the Government's total funding support for the project to $119,616.

Joint media release — Eternal Flame to burn at Maroochydore

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

A report on advocacy services for veterans and their families has identified a number of ways to simplify access to support and services.

Media release - Improvements recommended to Veterans’ Advocacy Services

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Funding of more than $390,000 has today been announced under the latest round of the Veteran and Community Grants Program.

Media release - Veteran and Community Grants Announced

Monday, 11 March 2019

Veterans and their families in Queensland will have the opportunity to meet with the Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester who will be hosting a series of roundtables in the electorates of Bonner, Capricornia and Petrie this week.

Media release — Minister for Veterans' Affairs visits Queensland

Friday, 8 March 2019

AUSTRALIA’S wartime heritage will be preserved with the help of more than $245,000 in funding through the Saluting Their Service Major Commemorative Grants program.

Media release - Commemorative Grants preserve our wartime heritage

Friday, 8 March 2019

TODAY as we celebrate International Women’s Day and recognise the achievements of all women, we pay a special thanks to those who have supported and served our country abroad and on the home front.

Media release - International Women's Day — recognising women in war time

Thursday, 7 March 2019

The Executive Project Director for the Australian War Memorial’s up-and-coming nine-year redevelopment project was today announced.

Media release - Project Lead for Australian War Memorial Redevelopment Announced

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Thanks to a Saluting Their Service Community Commemorative Grant, Newcastle City Council recently retrieved a time capsule buried just weeks before the end of the First World War in 1918.

Media release — Commemorative grants to educate future generations of Australians

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Starting this week, thousands of schools, libraries, ex-service and other organisations will receive a package of educational resources in an Anzac Day mail-out to educate Australians about the different aspects of wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Media release Anzac Day mail-out helps educate future generations

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

It is with great sadness that I extend my condolences on behalf of the Government to the family and friends of Leslie Allen Carlyon AC who passed away on Monday, 4 March 2019.

Media Statement — Vale Leslie Allen Carlyon AC

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

One of the priorities of the newly established Council for Women and Families United by Defence Service will be to consider a request from the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester to identify an appropriate form of recognition for the families of service personnel who are killed or wounded in action and service.

Media release Recognition of families left behind

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Nine companies and individuals who have created employment opportunities and helped demonstrate the positive contribution veterans make to Australian workplaces have been honoured through the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards.

Joint media release — Employment Awards highlight veterans are good for business

Friday, 1 March 2019

MORE than $1 million worth of grants have been provided to organisations supporting the needs of younger veterans and their families.

Media release — Funding Announced to Support Younger Veterans

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Major General Natasha Fox AM CSC, Head of People Capability at the Department of Defence, has been appointed to the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (MRCC), as a part-time member for a term of five years, replacing Rear Admiral Brett Wolski AM.

Media release — Major General Natasha Fox appointed to the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Following the success of a two-year Community and Peer Pilot in Townsville, Open Arms — Veterans & Families Counselling will now roll-out their Community and Peer Program across Australia, Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester said today.

Media release — Community and Peer Program to help vulnerable Australian veterans

Monday, 25 February 2019

When it comes to sensitive matters like this which are at the heart of our entire nation, it is vital that the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) conducts full consultations with ex-service organisations and the general public before they make any changes. That's what the public expect, it's what the Prime Minister and the government expect.

Media statement — Anzac Day Villers-Bretonneux, France

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

NEW legislation introduced into Federal Parliament will provide better recognition of the unique nature of military service and further acknowledge the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families.

Media release — Greater recognition for veterans and their families

Monday, 18 February 2019

Businesses from across the country have been recognised for their achievements in creating employment opportunities for veterans, with finalists of the 2019 Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards announced today by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester.

Media release — Finalists announced for 2019 Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Awards

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Today, on the Bombing of Darwin Day, all Australians are encouraged to remember those who protected our shores and tragically died when the Japanese launched bombing raids on Northern Australia during the Second World War.

Media release — Australia remembers the Bombing of Darwin

Thursday, 14 February 2019

The Honourable Dr Brendan Nelson AO will continue as Director of the Australian War Memorial until 31 December 2019.

Media release — Reappointment of Director of the Australian War Memorial

Thursday, 14 February 2019

The Coalition Government is fast-tracking delivery of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card for members of the Australian civilian surgical and medical teams who provided medical aid, training and treatment to local Vietnamese people during the Vietnam War.

Joint media release — Fast-tracking support to SEATO doctors and nurses

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

The Council of the Australian War Memorial will benefit from the unique perspectives of its latest appointment, Ms Gwen Cherne.

Media release — New appointment brings unique perspective to Council of the Australian War Memorial

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

A number of unmarked graves of First World War veterans who died after returning from the war will be commemorated under a two-year pilot program announced today by the Federal Government.

Media release First World War veterans not forgotten


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