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Younger Veterans - Contemporary Needs Forum (YVF)


This forum is intended to:

  • assist in identifying priority emerging issues for veterans across the age and conflict spectrum particularly in the areas of mental and social health
  • assist in identifying emerging issues for veterans’ families and support networks
  • identify and analyse trends across veteran cohorts and geography and raise awareness of these increasing and common issues with subject-matter experts from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and other state or Commonwealth government departments and agencies as appropriate
  • assist in identifying opportunities for increased engagement with younger veterans who are geographically dislocated or not affiliated with ex-service organisations (ESOs) through the appropriate media and internet technology
  • enhance the ex-service community’s understanding of DVA’s service delivery performance through information sharing and improved communication between DVA and the ex-service community
  • identify and provide recommendations for improvements in DVA’s operational policy to promote quality and accountability in service delivery.

Terms of Reference (DOC 41 KB).


Membership comprises representatives from the following organisations
Organisation Member
Chair - Repatriation Commissioner Major General M.A. Kelly AO DSC
Australian Peacekeepers & Peacemakers Veterans Association (APPVA) Ms Coralee Goedhart
Australian Special Air Service Association (ASASA) Mr John Newton
Australian Veterans Alliance (AVA Mr Bradley Campbell
Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA) Lieutenant Natalie Huntsman
Defence Families Australia (DFA) Ms Kelly Brown
Legacy Australia Inc. Ms Barbara Boyer
Mate4Mates Mr Troy Watson
Modern Soldier Ms Talissa Papamau
Naval Association of Australia Lieutenant Commander Mark Fullick RAN
Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) Mr James Dallas
Royal Australian Regiment Association (RARA) Mr Phillip Thompson
Royal Australian Air Force Association (RAAFA) Flight Lieutenant Dee Cherry
Soldier On Mr Mat Jones
Support for Wounded Injured or Ill Program (SWIIP), Department of Defence Commodore Paul Kinghorne RANR
The Warrior's Return Mr Scott Harris

Departmental representation will be available as appropriate.
The forum has the flexibility to invite additional participants relevant to the areas of focus or specific agenda items (including service specific and non-ESO aligned).

Meeting Schedule

The YVF meets in person three times per year. The meetings are chaired by Major General Mark Kelly AO DSC, the Repatriation Commissioner.

Meeting minutes

Meeting minutes of each YVF meeting are available via the following links:


To contact the Secretariat of the YVF:


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