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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

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

MORE than $157,000 of funding under the latest round of Supporting Younger Veterans Grants, has been awarded to Flinders University, in concert with William Kibby VC Men’s Shed, to develop a program to support younger veterans undertaking tertiary education.

Joint media release — Supporting younger veterans in tertiary study

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Faster claim submissions and processing times for veterans and their families are being delivered through a number of recent improvements and features to MyService – the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) online platform.

Media release Expanded online claiming for veterans

Friday, 18 January 2019

Members of the Veterans' Review Board (VRB) have been appointed by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret'd), the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester announced today.

Media release — Appointment of members to the Veterans' Review Board

Thursday, 10 January 2019

BRIGADIER Paul Nothard will take up the role of Director of the Office of Australian War Graves from 11 January 2019, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester announced today.

Media release - Appointment of new Office of War Graves Director

Monday, 07 January 2019

We'd like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday, and remind veterans and their families that Open Arms​ — Veterans & Families Counselling are available 24/7 for immediate counselling support on 1800 011 046.

This number is for counselling only, if you require urgent assistance, please call 000.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Members of the Australian civilian surgical and medical teams that provided medical aid, training and treatment to local Vietnamese people during the Vietnam War will be eligible for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Gold Card.

Media release Gold Card for Doctors and Nurses from the Vietnam war

Friday, 14 December 2018

MINISTER for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Darren Chester today welcomed the Productivity Commission draft report of its inquiry into compensation and rehabilitation for veterans.

Media release — Productivity Commission draft report into compensation and rehabilitation for veterans

Friday, 14 December 2018

A new council for women and families is set to provide direct policy advice to the Federal Government.

Media release — Council for Women and Families United by Defence Service

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

The refurbished Hellfire Pass Interpretative Centre, originally built and funded by the Australian Government in collaboration with the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand, and now with important improvement works completed, was re-opened in Kanchanaburi in Thailand today.

Media release — Thailand Hellfire Pass Centre tells important story

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Modernisation of the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) processes, systems and technology aimed at putting the needs of the veterans and their families first is continuing to deliver results with overall satisfaction of the DVA's services remaining above 80 per cent.

Media release — Investment pays on claims processing times

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

MINISTER for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester today welcomed the report from the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee Inquiry into the use of the Quinoline anti-malarial drugs Mefloquine and Tafenoquine in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Media release - Government welcomes Mefloquine report

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester today announced the re-appointment of Mr James McMahon DSC DSM for a further three year term to the Council of the Australian War Memorial.

Media release Council of the Australian War Memorial appointments

Friday, 16 November 2018

I welcome the announcement by the Australian Bureau of Statistics that veteran identifier question is being considered for inclusion in the 2021 Census.

Media release — Census statement

Friday, 16 November 2018

Local communities are set to receive more than $130,000 in Saluting Their Service grants which deliver projects commemorating Australia’s wartime history and reflect our gratitude to all those who have served our country.

Media release — Remembering Veterans’ Service and Sacrifice focus of Grants

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

The Commonwealth Government will provide $6.7 million in funding to help develop the Soldier On Fussell House accommodation facility at the Concord Repatriation Hospital in Sydney.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

The Commonwealth Government will invest $7.6 million in the Kookaburra Kids Defence Program to boost targeted support to children of ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who are experiencing mental health issues.

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