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Centenary commemorations 2014-2018 (PDF p.1)
In a special address to Parliament on 14 November 2013, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary of ANZAC Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson detailed progress on Anzac Centenary commemorations 2014-2018.
Anzac Day Gallipoli 2015 ballot now open
Australians can now apply for a chance to stand alongside fellow Australian and New Zealanders at Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015.
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Letters to the Editor (PDF p.2)
News from the Department – Secretary Simon Lewis.
As 2013 draws to a close, I reflect on the busy year that has been. In the seven months since I joined the Department, I have certainly learnt a lot in regards to the complex legislation that DVA administers, as well as the people that we support on a daily basis.
DVA services during Christmas–New Year
DVA offices will be closed from close of business Tuesday, 24 December 2013 to Wednesday, 1 January 2014.
MoU supports increased understanding of military families (PDF p.3)
A five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in August 2013 between DVA and the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS).
Income from solar power
With the installation of rooftop solar panels becoming more popular, DVA has recently received a number of letters from veterans concerned that the direct payments they receive from electricity companies, in return for electricity generation being fed into the grid, may reduce their service pension, income support supplement or age pension.
Christmas message from the Minister
As Christmas fast approaches, it is important for us all to take the time to reconnect with family and loved ones. Christmas is a time of celebration and relaxation for many, but it can also be a lonely and difficult time for many in the veteran and defence communities.
War Graves Director reappointed
Brigadier Chris Appleton CSC (Retd) has been reappointed Director, Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG) for a further two years.
Call for nominations – D Day Commemorative Mission to Normandy
DVA conducts commemorative missions for significant anniversaries in Australia’s military history. These missions typically involve a return to significant battlefields and locations and involve commemorative services, functions and events.
My Account goes back to the bush (PDF p.4)
At the “Back to the Bush Veterans Reunion” in Bruce Rock WA, DVA officers Brook Charlton and Katie Sutton spent an engaging week demonstrating how easy it is to go online with MyAccount.
Veterans’ Health Week 2013
Veterans’ Health Week 2013 saw record crowds take part, with an estimated 14,000 people attending 193 events across the country.
New mental health YouTube video focuses on families
Family members are often the first to recognise when their veteran family member is not coping. The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, launched a new DVA video for World Mental Health Day 2013 to highlight the important role families can play in helping current and ex-serving Defence Force members get the help they need.
National Disability Strategy and DVA’s obligations
Each year on 3 December we mark International Day of People with Disability. It is a time to raise awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with a disability and to celebrate their achievements and contributions to the community.
Childhood fascination becomes blessing for disabled (PDF p.5)
A childhood fascination with robots led Marita Cheng to develop a system that is set to change the lives of hundreds of Australians living with a disability.
Aged care services – do you have a concern?
If you or someone you know is receiving an Australian Government funded aged care service, as listed below, it’s important you talk about any concerns you have in relation to the services being delivered.
Dr Killer's column – On Reflection
Looking back, it’s hard and probably a trifle unfair to single out particular health priorities in 2013, because all areas are both important and connected. However, I suggest the key areas have been around mental health and developing a better understanding of the impact of the military experience on women who serve and their families.
My Aged Care website and contact centre
The Australian Government’s aged care reforms will comprehensively reshape aged care and build a better, fairer and more nationally consistent aged care system for older Australians.
Jessie Mary Vasey Labyrinth (PDF p.6)
A large group gathered on 11 November 2013 for the official opening of the Jessie Mary Vasey Labyrinth at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital in Victoria. The Labyrinth was designed and built by artist Simon Normand.
Family members visit Afghanistan
Widows and bereaved families of the 40 Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan made a pilgrimage to Afghanistan to honour and remember their loved ones at a ceremony in Tarin Kowt.
“I have the best life of anyone you could meet” – Damien Thomlinson
Damien Thomlinson swears a bit more the average man, enjoys a glass of red wine and loves nothing more than snowboarding in his spare time. But this likable, honest and engaging man has quite a story to tell.
Off the shelf
Medals – lost and found
Publications and items for sale (PDF p.7)
WWII Desert War (DVD)
2014 DVA calendar: Iconic Wartime Australians
Australians in World War I (series)
Australian Light Horse
Royal Australian Navy
Australian Flying Corps
Noticeboard (PDF p.8)
Audio Version of Noticeboard Introduction (MP3 494 KB)
Audio Version of Noticeboard Navy (MP3 3.6 MB)
Audio Version of Noticeboard Army (MP3 3.7 MB)
Audio Version of Noticeboard Airforce (MP3 621 KB)
Audio Version of Noticeboard Miscellaneous (MP3 5.4 MB)