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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

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Veterans and their families are at the centre of a fresh package of initiatives from our government to recognise their vital role and service to Australia.

Joint media statement — Recognising and respecting our veterans

Thursday, 25 October 2018

More than 660 community projects commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War are set to share in more than $5.3 million under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program.

Media release — Grants help communities commemorate Centenary of Armistice

Thursday, 25 October 2018

More than $824,000 of funding under the latest round of Veteran and Community Grants (VCG) program will soon be provided to community groups supporting veterans.

Media release — Funding to support veterans and their communities

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

I ask leave of the House to give the second annual Ministerial Statement on Veterans and Their Families. Almost two million Australian servicemen and women have served our nation since Federation. And to those men and women, to those who have gone before you and to all of their families, I would like to say, quite simply – thank you for your service.

Speech Ministerial Statement – Veterans and Their Families

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) requests that Australian media use sensitivity when reporting on the mental health of serving and ex-serving ADF members and include contact details for veteran specific support channels.

DVA media advisory – Veteran Mental Health and Suicide Reporting

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Coinciding with the opening of the Invictus Games, the Australian Government Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester, welcomed delegations from Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States to the International Ministerial Conference on Veterans’ Issues at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney on 20 and 21 October 2018.

Joint media release — International Ministerial (5-Eyes) Conference on Veterans’ Issues

Saturday, 20 October 2018

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester will today host a meeting with visiting Veterans’ Affairs Ministers, agency heads and senior military representatives from the 5-Eyes countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Media release — Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling Launch

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


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