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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.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

To those serving us in uniform and to those who have served their nations in the past: May I offer a special welcome. Thank you for your service. And thank you to your families for supporting your service.

Speech — Remembrance Day 2018

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Virtual reality technology and stunning 360-degree drone footage are bringing the Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front to Australians across the world, through an Anzac 360 app featuring interactive videos.

Media release — Virtual reality brings Australian Remembrance Trail to life

Friday, 9 November 2018

All Australians are encouraged to pause on Remembrance Day 2018, the centenary of the First World War Armistice, and remember the men and women who have suffered and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Media release — Australians commemorate Remembrance Day 2018 and centenary of the First World War Armistice

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Australians are being encouraged to Just Ask questions within their families and make enquiries online to see if they have a lost family connection to one of the almost two million people who have served Australia in wars, conflicts and on peacekeeping operations over the past century.

Media release — Just Ask about your military history, you might be amazed

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

NEW Menin Gate lions are now a permanent fixture on the plinths in front of the Menin Gate Memorial, as the Australian Government’s gift to the city of Ieper (Ypres) was unveiled today.

Media release — New Lions unveiled at the Menin Gate in Ieper

Sunday, 4 November 2018

IN the lead-up to Remembrance Day, Australians are being encouraged to take a moment to reflect on who they will be thinking about during the minute’s silence at 11am on 11 November and share it using the hashtag, #1MS (1 Minute’s Silence).

Media release — Who do you remember during a minute's silence

Friday, 2 November 2018

Thousands of ex-service men and women across Australia are set to benefit from a new initiative to connect them with employment opportunities.

Joint media release — Jobs for veterans

Friday, 2 November 2018

An Australian veteran who served in Afghanistan, Jesse Bird, tragically died of suicide on 27 June 2017 at the age of 32.

Media release — Bird Inquiry independent reviewer

Saturday, 27 October 2018

The third meeting of federal, state and territory Ministers responsible for veterans’ issues was held on the final day of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 to discuss opportunities for closer collaboration in supporting Australia’s veterans and their families.

Joint communiqué — Veterans’ Ministers’ meeting


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