Disclosure log

FOI disclosure log
FOI reference number Date of access FOI request   Information published Access
1 3 June 2011
  1. The total number of applications for Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme (DHOAS) subsidy certificates made during the period 01 July 2008 to 31 December 2010;
  2. The total number of applications for DHOAS subsidy certificates made during the period 01 July 2008 to 31 December 2010 that were honoured (i.e. a subsidy certificate was issued);
  3. The total number of applications for DHOAS subsidy certificates made during the period 01 July 2008 to 31 December 2010 that were rejected (i.e. a subsidy certificate was not issued);
  4. The total number of issued subsidy certificates that were used (i.e. a subsidy was made to a member) during the period 01 July 2008 to 31 December 2010. 
A single document providing figures in relation to the four questions was provided. Further information regarding DHOAS can be accessed at www.dhoas.gov.au or by contacting DVA on 1300 434 627. For access to these documents please contact foi@dva.gov.au
2 15 June 2011 Details of the flight, accommodation and other associated costs and expenses of all departmental staff who went to Turkey as part of the 2011 Gallipoli dawn service preparations or ceremony. A single document providing figures details of travel costs was provided. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au
3 6 July 2011 The final report, or latest draft, from Thinkplace arising from its review of the coordination of DVA's helth policy and service delivery effort. AusTender Contract Notice ID: CN352202. A single document providing a copy of the presentation provided by Thinkplace. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au
4 25 July 2011 A copy of the Veterans’ and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service complaints policy A document detailing the Department of Veterans’ Affair Complaints and Feedback Management Policy. A document detailing the Department of Veterans’ Affair Businessline for the Complaints and Feedback Management Policy. For access to this document please refer to our
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5 11 August 2011 Documents dealing with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs expenditure on electricity usage for the 2010 – 2011 financial year. A document summarising the Department of Veterans’ Affairs expenditure on electricity usage for the 2010 – 2011 financial year. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
6 8 September 2011 A copy of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Portfolio Programme Project Management Maturity Model (P3M3) report and plans to improve the Department’s capabilities. The P3M3 Assessment Report and P3M3 Capability Improvement Plan. For access to these documents please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
7 28 October 2011 1. A copy of the current signed delegation, authorisation and permission for all powers to make decisions under the Freedom of Information Act (the FOI Act);
2. A copy of the last 5 signed delegations, authorisations and permissions but nothing older than 2005.
A document containing the most recent delegations under the FOI Act. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
8 4 November 2011 Documents referring to usage of credit cards issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to departmental staff since 1 June 2010. A document summarising the usage of credit cards issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to departmental staff. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
9 17 November 2011 A Review of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) programs undertaken by the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health (CMVH). The Review of PTSD Group Treatment Programs: Final Report by the CMVH.

For access to these documents please contact foi@dva.gov.au.

10 17 January 2012 A copy of the Veterans and Veterans’ Families Counseling Service (VVCS) Policies and Procedures Manual.

The VVCS Policies and Procedures Manual with exemptions under section 47F of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
11 10 February 2012 Documents summarising the extent of financial support provided to veterans of the immediate past conflict in Iraq and ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. A summary of the extent of financial support provided to veterans of the immediate past conflict in Iraq and ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.  For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
12 17 April 2012 A copy of information extracted from the VAN [Veterans’ Access Network] Telephone Protocols regarding the guidelines for establishing proof of identity. A copy of information extracted from the VAN [Veterans’ Access Network] Telephone Protocols regarding the guidelines for establishing proof of identity. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
13 1 May 2012
  1. The Standard Operating Environment documentation under which DVA operates, which specifies the web browsers officially supported and deployed by DVA’s platform and the filtering technologies in place, including the social media platforms blocked and coached;
  2. DVA’s social media policy and associated guidelines for staff;
  3. A register of the social media channels operated by DVA;
  4. Internal briefs and strategies related to the use of social media channels by DVA.
A number of documents that detail the Standard Operating Environment of DVA and various policies that refer to internet and social media usage by Departmental staff. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
14 8 June 2012
  1. All documents the Department holds relating to the recruitment of participants in the first Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study;
  2. The number of Gulf War Veterans from the 2003 Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study who were existing clients of the Department at the time of that study;
  3. The number of the comparison cohort group from the 2003 Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study that were existing clients of the Department at the time of that study; and
  4. The number of study participants/non participants.
Status Reports regarding the Department’s contact and recruitment of participants in the first Study, a Protocol on the first Study and minutes of the Gulf War Veterans Health Study Consultative Forum. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
15 31 August 2012 The history of the Veterans' Children's Education Scheme (VCES). Specifically what it was and provided from its inception through all its changes to what it is now and provides for eligible children.
  1. Veterans' Children Education Scheme Instrument 1992 (VCES);
  2. Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme 2004 (MRCAETS);
  3. Education Schemes Policy Manual
  4. Department of Veterans' Affairs Factsheet MRC47
  5. Part 18 of the Independent Enquiry into the Repatriation System (Vol 2 - June 1975)
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
16 31 August 2012 A copy of the Department’s policies on what information can be given to complainants when they complain about staff. A copy of DVA People Policy in part. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
17 31 August 2012 Copies of documents that include information on social research used to inform the report of the National Commission on the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary. Copies of documents or parts of documents that include information on social research used to inform the report of the National Commission on the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
18 31 August 2012 A copy of the Businessline dated 16th March 2011, TRIM Reference 1147043E. Businessline dated 16th March 2011, TRIM Reference 1147043E. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
19 31 August 2012 All background material and guidance given to DVA staff related to the RMA Statements of Principal No 45 (Malignant Neoplasm of the Pancreas) especially any background material related to Section 6(e), concerning exposure to DDT. All background material and guidance given to DVA staff related to the RMA Statements of Principal No 45 (Malignant Neoplasm of the Pancreas) especially any background material related to Section 6(e), concerning exposure to DDT. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
20 31 August 2012 All departmental instructions, Commission Guidelines, departmental policy guidelines or other documents provided to departmental officers on the operation of section 8(1)(f) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.
  • CD that contains the Departmental program ‘CLIK’ which contains Departmental policies and procedures, along with an instruction booklet for this program.
  • Documents provided to departmental officers on the operation of section 8(1)(f) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
21 31 August 2012 Information for the help and information telephone lines for each of the years 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 including:
  • The total number of calls;
  • The average wait to get through;
  • The average length of a call; and
  • The number of callers who disconnect part way through a call.
Information for the help and information telephone lines for each of the years 2009-10, 2010-11 including:
  • The total number of calls;
  • The average wait to get through;
  • The average length of a call; and
  • The number of callers who disconnect part way through a call.
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
22 12 October 2012 The total number of veterans nationally who have the classification of “ceased effects” as their status as recorded in DEFCARE. A single document showing search results of the total number of veterans nationally who have the classification of “ceased effects” as their status as recorded in DEFCARE For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
23 12 October 2012 The number of customers in NSW currently and at or around 30 June 2011 in each of the following categories:
  • Those who had a Gold card marked with disability pension
  • Those who had a Gold card marked with War Widow or War Widower pension
  • Those who held a Gold card marked with Totally and Permanently Incapacitated pension.
A single document showing search results of the total number of Gold card holders in NSW with Disability, War Widow or War Widower and Totally and Permanently Incapacitated pension For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
24 12 October 2012
  1. De-identified data collected during the First Gulf War Veterans Health Study;
  2. Applications made to DVA under the Applied Research Program for the funding of the 2011 Follow Up Gulf War Veterans Health Study;
  3. Notice of which departmental section sponsored the research grant and to what purpose the research was to be principally directed in accordance with the Applied Research Program criteria; and 
  4. Copies of any and all research agreements between DVA and Monash University for the aforementioned study.
Two documents were released with exemptions to the applicant. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
25 12 October 2012 Meeting minutes dated 2012 for the DVA’s South Australian Consultative Forum. Three documents containing the minutes of three meetings were released in full to the applicant. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.

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26 October 2012 The manuals DVA uses in making decisions on eligibility for the Gold Card. The income support Gold Card Determination sheet. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au
27 9 November 2012
  1. The total number of applications for Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme (DHOAS) subsidy certificates made during the period 01 July 2008 to 31 December 2011;
  2. The total number of applications for DHOAS subsidy certificates made during the period 01 July 2008 to 31 December 2011 that were honoured (i.e. a subsidy certificate was issued);
  3. The total number of issued subsidy certificates that were used (i.e. a subsidy was made to a member) during the period 01 July 2008 to 31 December 2011.
A single document containing the relevant figures requested. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
28 9 November 2012 Documents to show how long the retention is for Vietnam Veterans’ Counselling Service files The Department of Veterans’ Affairs Record Management Policy as authorised by the Secretary in April 2012.

For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.

29 9 November 2012
  • Documents showing what the penalties are for keeping files and records of VVCS clients
  • Documents showing what criminal sanctions are available against persons for improper record keeping.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs Chief Executive Instruction (CEI) No 6.15. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
30 23 November 2012 Copy of DVA guidelines issued in reference to the DLA Piper Inquiry A single document showing the DVA procedure for handling sexual or other forms of abuse claims For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
31 18 Janurary 2013 Copy of Chief Executive Instruction (CEI) 6.16

A single document showing:

Documents showing what criminal sanctions are available against persons for improper record keeping.

For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
32 28 February 2013
  • Levels to which serious enquiries by Local Members on FOI and other issues are reported and dealt with within DVA as at September 2003 and now.
  • Levels to which serious enquiries by Prime Minister’s and Deputy PM’s; also by Attorney’s General and other MP’s are each separately reported and dealt with within DVA as at September 2003 and now.
  • DVA Factsheet FIP01 – Access to Information.
  • Electorate Liaison Officer (ELO) Guidelines January 2013.
  • ‘Contacting Members of Parliament and Media’ webpage on DVA’s intranet with redactions.
  • Retrieved 2008 version of ‘Contacting Members of Parliament and Media’ webpage on DVA’s intranet with redactions
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
33 15 March 2013 A copy of all documents of FOI courses, programmes, seminars DVA staff have attended within the last two years Information regarding FOI courses, programmes, seminars DVA staff have attended between February 2011 and February 2013 For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
34 27 May 2013 Correspondence relevant to decisions made to allow the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board of Western Australia and the Monument Assessment and Advisory Committee to relocate Headstones of those interned in Office of Australian War Graves between 2008 and 2013 14 documents were released with exemptions to the applicant. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
35 3 June 2013 The 'Phase Two' research paper prepared by consultants Colmar Brunton into community attitudes surrounding the Centenary of Anzac (CN388713) Department of Veterans Affairs. “A Century of Service” Community Research Phase II Report by Colmar Brunton dated August 2011 For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
36 3 June 2013 The completed report to Providence Consulting Group Pty Ltd into the site capacity analysis and risk assessment review at Gallipoli, Turkey (CN411925) Final Assessment Report “Risk and Crowd Capacity Assessment for the Gallipoli Commemorative Services for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs” by Providence Consulting Group Pty Ltd dated 24 October 2011 For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
37 7 August 2013 The incoming briefs for Secretary Simon Lewis
  • A redacted copy of the incoming Secretary’s brief - Section 1: Portfolio Overview 2013
  • A full copy the incoming Secretary’s brief - Section 3: DVA Budget Position
  • A redacted copy of the incoming Secretary’s brief - Section 4: Key Stakeholder Information 2013
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
38 9 September 2013 All documents between DVA, OAWG and Metropolitan Cemeteries Board WA relating to the renewal program being carried out in Karrakatta Cemetery from 1 January 1990 to 1 May 2013 including:
- a list of plaques placed in the Garden of Remembrance for those headstones removed from the graves of ADF members buried in Karrakatta Cemetery;
- The Memorandum of Understanding between OAWG, DVA and MCB;
- Any agreement between OAWG, DVA and MCB about ADF members buried where the mausoleum extensions are proposed at Karrakatta Cemetery;
- Minutes of all meetings between OAWG, DVA and MCB concerning ADF members buried in Karrakatta Cemetery;
- Correspondence between OAWG, DVA, and MCB in relation to ADF members buried in Karrakatta Cemetery; 
- Signed agreements between OAWG, DVA, and MCB in relation to ADF members buried in Karrakatta Cemetery; 
- A list of headstones replaced on CWGC graves in Karrakatta Cemetery;
- A list of exhumations of ADF members at Karrakatta Cemetery;
- Any other documents between OAWG, DVA and MCB relating to the renewal program being carried out at Karrakatta Cemetery
Documents within scope of the request with applicable exemptions. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
39 20 August 2013 The John Wood Report and all related documents including:
- instructions to John Wood and/or his agents
- documents detailing the scope of this Review
- correspondence between all parties relating to this Report
- Assessment of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Complaint Handling Processes – Final Report by John Wood (with a single exemption)
- Related documents to the Report by John Wood with applicable exemptions
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
40 3 September 2013 A copy of  the Minister’s authority document for DVA officers to make payments under the CDDA Scheme Minister for Veterans’ Affairs – Instrument of Authorisation/Agreement to Exercise of Delegation For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
41 1 October 2013 Documents showing who investigates fraud in DVA/VVCS and when the present unit took the reins for investigating same A single document with personal information and irrelevant matter redacted. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
42 8 October 2013 Any and all documents / protocols/ minutes / correspondence including but not limited to email, fax or letter (internally and externally) etc between DVA (Australia) and the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs in relation to Gulf War Veterans Health and Gulf War Veteran Health Research Correspondence and records of meetings and discussions between the Australian and US Departments of Veterans’ Affairs with exemptions applied. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
43 8 October 2013 Any documents held by the Department that relate in any way to health issues and the use of electronic counter measures (ECM) packs, carried by Australian soldiers. Documents within scope of the request with applicable exemptions. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
44 17 October 2013 Any documents, meeting minutes, briefings, reviews, speeches, papers etc on particular items from the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council meetings held on:
16 June 2012
1 March 2011
16 December 2011
Documents within scope of the request with applicable exemptions. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
45 18 October 2013 A copy of forms which dentists are required to fill in and supply to DVA Documents within scope of the request with a small number of exemptions. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
46 18 October 2013 A copy of pages 47-48 of the Department's incoming Government Brief A copy of pages 47-48 of the Department's incoming Government Brief For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
47 4 November 2013
  1. 1. Copies of the research and any attachments relating to the contract [with the Uni of Qld for research into Veterans of Rwanda deployment 1994/95];
  2. commentary on the results from within the [D]epartment or other people; and
  3. documents from before the research on why it was needed.
A copy of the relevant documents with applicable exemptions. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
48 27 November 2013 A copy of DVA’s policy and procedure manual / documents detailing all the requirements / measures required for the security / packaging of documents sent by DVA via Australia Post / courier. Six documents within the scope of the request. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
49 29 November 2013 The incoming Government Brief A copy of the incoming Government Brief with applicable exemptions. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
50 13 December 2013 The incoming government brief prepared by the Department of Veterans' Affairs for the purposes of election of the Liberal and National Parties at the 2013 election, presented to the incoming Minister or their office. A copy of the relevant documents with applicable exemptions. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
51 2 January 2014 The Market Research for eHealth Record messaging for veterans, plus any attached commentary from the researchers or subsequent commentary from DVA staff about the report’s contents including implementing recommendations, etc.
  • eHealth record messaging for veterans – summary of findings
  • Research Report: Focus Groups amongst Veterans regarding the eHealth Record Initiative
  • Presentation
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
52 30 January 2014
  • [DVA's] 2013 P3M3 [internal] assessment – detailing the P3M3 maturity levels (project, programme and portfolio management maturity).
  • [DVA's] latest Capability Improvement Plan – detailing in particular the P3M3 targets
  • DVA P3M3 Annual Report (self-assessment)
  • DVA P3M3 Capability Improvement Plan 2013-16 version 1.0
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
53 6 March 2014
  1. The number of claims for service caused Post Traumatic Stess Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Injury or Post Traumatic Stress conditions made to the Department of Veterans    Affairs since 2004.
  2. The number of claims where liability was initially accepted for these conditions since 2004.
  3. The number of claims where liability was accepted on appeal of an initial decision that denied liability since 2004.
  4. The number of claimants who have committed suicide since 2004.
  5. The number of claimants who have become deceased since 2004.
  • Extracts from DVA Annual Reports 2003-2013
  • Senate Question on Notice 2221
  • Top 20 Accepted Conditions (Recent Conflicts and Vietnam)
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
54 20 March 2014 A copy of DVA guidelines issued in reference to the DLA Piper Inquiry. DVA guidelines titled 'Management of claims relating to sexual or other forms of abuse'. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
55 21 March 2014

(a) Departmental Instructions for Researchers for Historical and Factual information relating to claims of veterans;

(b) Departmental Privacy and Confidentiality Policy of Researcher's Reports;

(c) Any documents that relate to the contractual obligations of contracted Researchers to the Department; and

(d) Any Ministerial directions that relate to Researchers contracted by DVA.

  • Redacted copies of deeds of standing offer with Military research organisations;
  • Businessline - Procedures for Requesting Military Research Reports; and
  • Guide for DVA Contracted Military Researchers
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
56 28 March 2014
  1. The number of veterans of recent conflicts who have received compensation due to a diagnosis of PTSD, and the number of pending claims now before the DVA;
  2. The number of veterans of the Iraq conflict who have received compensation due to a diagnosis of PTSD, and the number of pending claims now before the DVA;
  3. The number of Afghanistan veterans who have received compensation due to a diagnosis of PTSD, and the number of pending claims now before the DVA;
  4. The dollar value of compensation made under any of the schemes available to all veterans due to a diagnosis of PTSD;
  5. The dollar value of compensation made to veterans of the Iraq conflict who due to a diagnosis of PTSD, and
  6. The dollar value of compensation made to veterans of the Afghanistan conflict who have received compensation due to a diagnosis of PTSD;
  7. The maximum amount of compensation paid to a veteran of the Iraq conflict due to a PTSD claim; and
  8. The maximum amount of compensation paid to a veteran of the Afghanistan conflict due to a PTSD claim.
  • Senate Question on Notice 2221
  • Top 20 Accepted Conditions (Recent Conflicts and Vietnam)
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
57 28 March 2014 Any statistical or data records related to or giving:-
  1. The total number of liability type applications submitted for acceptance under SOPs 11 and 12 of 2013 or under their preceding issues, back to when the Reasonable Hypothesis standard of proof was introduced; and
  2. Of the above, how many such applications were successful to some degree?;  and
Of the number given in answer to 2. above, how many were submitted by BNT participants or their representative/s?
Data relating to Statements of Principle 11/2013 and 12/2013 (Polycythaemia Vera) (and their previous issues) For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
58 1 May 2014
  1. The total number of liability type applications determined under the current SOP 11 of 2013 or under its preceding issues, but only back to 10/01/2001, (the date of effect of the second major amendment to the original SOP;
  2. The total number of liability type applications submitted for acceptance under the current SOP 11 of 2013, but only since its date of effect of 13/03/2013;
  3. Of the number given in answer to 2. above, how many such applications, were finally accepted as service related?; and
  4. Of the number given in answer to 2. above, how many were submitted by BNT participants or their representative/s?
Data relating to Statement of Principles 11/2013 and 12/2013 (Polycythaemia Vera) (and their previous issues) For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
59 5 June 2014
  1. A de-identified document detailing the reason(s) for a
    decision to accept a claim for multiple myeloma under any scheme
    administered by DVA.
  2. A de-identified document detailing the reason(s) for a
    decision to reject a claim for multiple myeloma under any scheme
    administered by DVA, particularly if that decision was subject to
    review.
  • De-identified Statement of Reasons for accepted claim for Multiple Myeloma
  • De-identified Statement of Reasons for rejected claim for Multiple Myeloma
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
60 25 July 2014 The number of veteran suicides over the last 10 years. Number of accepted claims in relation to death by suicide in the 10 years to 31 December 2013. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.