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Friday, 19 October 2018

The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) has been relaunched today as Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling based on feedback from veterans and veterans’ families.

Media release — Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling Launch

Friday, 19 October 2018

The challenges around veterans transitioning from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to civilian life will be the focus of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Invictus18 Symposium being held at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney today.

Media release — Transition front and centre at Invictus18 Symposium

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester today opened the Veterans' Families and Veterans' Employment forums in Sydney ahead of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.

Media release — Forums focus on veterans' families and employment

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Most Australian military families are resilient, healthy and financially secure, according to a joint Department of Defence and Department of Veterans' Affairs study, released today.

Media release — Study finds most military families resilient, healthy, financially secure

Thursday, 17 October 2019

View either the online or PDF version of the Annual Report 2017–18

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

THE sacrifice of Australian Prisoners of War (POWs) who worked on the Thai–Burma railway, including the notorious Hellfire Pass, almost 75 years ago, will be remembered today at a national service at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial in Ballarat, Victoria.

Media release — Nation remembers prisoners of war on the 75th anniversary of Thai-Burma Railway completion

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

More assistance is available for veteran service organisations boosting support for veterans and their families in the electorate of Hinkler in Queensland, Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Darren Chester, announced today.

Media release — Enhanced services to be provided to veterans and their families in Queensland

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Maryborough residents' keen interest in military history, commemoration and education will be on show today with Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Darren Chester, visiting the Gallipoli to Armistice Military Trail, and the Maryborough Special School.

Joint media release — Military history, commemoration and education thrives in Maryborough

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

As part of the Australian Government's Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program, funding of more than $45,000 will be provided to the Tin Can Bay RSL in support to upgrading its facilities including external shade areas for members' use.

Joint media release — Veterans and Community Grant for Tin Can Bay RSL

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub-branches have been commended for their role in keeping veterans informed, active and involved.

Joint media release — RSL sub-branches key to continued veteran engagement

Monday, 8 October 2018

Discussing veteran issues and meeting former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) were a key focus of Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester's visit to Townsville today.

Media release — Minister Chester in Townsville to discuss veteran issues

Monday, 8 October 2018

Today, Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Darren Chester, and Member for Groom, Dr John McVeigh, met with numerous Ex-Service Organisations (ESOs) in the Toowoomba region and announced more than $20,000 in funding will be provided through the Armistice Centenary Grants Program (ACGP) to the Toowoomba United RSL Sub-Branch.

Joint media release — More support offered to Toowoomba veterans

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Veteran pension payments have increased in line with the biannual indexation process.

Media release — Veteran pension set to increase

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

More than $138,000 in funding will be shared amongst national ex-service organisations to assist them in improving their service delivery to veterans.

Media release — Funding for national ex-service

Monday, 24 September 2018

NOMINATIONS for the Veterans’ Employment Awards, established under the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program, opened today.

Media release — Veterans’ Employment Program - nominations for 2019 awards open

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Veterans’ Health Week is a fantastic opportunity for the public to support and attend the many different events and activities all over the country to positively engage with veterans and their families to promote the benefits of good nutrition.

Media release — Nutrition is the key theme for Veterans' Health Week 2018

Friday, 21 September 2018

THE Government today acknowledged the release of two reports from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) — the 2018 update on the Causes of death among serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel: 2002–2015, and the National suicide monitoring of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.

Media release — Accessible mental health support for veterans

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Funding of more than $170,000 will be provided to community groups supporting veterans under the latest round of the Veteran and Community Grants program.

Media release — Supporting veterans and their communities

Friday, 14 September 2018

THE vital role of Australians in United Nations (UN) peace operations and their more than 70 years of dedicated service to the international community is remembered today, National Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Day.

Media release — Honouring the contribution of Australia's Peacekeepers

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Headlining a week of events honouring our current, and former, female Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, the third Female Veterans' Policy Forum is bringing together a large, diverse group of female veterans to share their unique perspectives on life during and after military service.

Media release — Female veterans share their unique perspective

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

SCHOOLS from South Australia and Tasmania have won this year’s Anzac Day Schools’ Awards for their projects commemorating the service and sacrifice of our veterans over the past century.

Media release — Minister Announces Anzac Day Schools' Awards Winners

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

COMMUNITY, business, political and Defence leaders have come together to honour women whose lives and families have been affected by their service with the Australian Defence Force at a Wreath Laying Ceremony and National Dinner Event in Canberra.

Media release — Honouring women’s contribution to our defence

Monday, 10 September 2018

Schools around the country will soon receive their annual educational kit in preparation for Remembrance Day, which this year marks the centenary of the Armistice that ended the fighting of the First World War.

Media release — Schools’ mail-out to encourage milestone recognition

Friday, 7 September 2018

MINISTER for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester today announced that the Governor-General His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d) has appointed five new members and reappointed five members to the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB).

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

Friday, 7 September 2018

TODAY we celebrate the launch of the 56th year of the Story Writing and Art Competition, encouraging and highlighting the artistic talents of Victoria’s ex-service community.

Media release — Celebrating veterans' artistic talent

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