National Advisory Committee Vision:

To provide quality, independent, consultation based advice to the Minister on the effectiveness of the VVCS - Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service

Terms of Reference

The role of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) is to:

1. Deliver independent and distinctive advice to the Minister on the needs of the veteran community and ways in which these can be addressed through the VVCS.

2. Support the VVCS to develop programs and service delivery arrangements that are:

  • responsive to the mental health care needs of all Australian veterans and their families;
  • based on a health and wellness approach, and
  • assist in liaison with other mental health agencies to facilitate a co-ordinated approach to mental health care.
  • consistent with the government’s mental health policy enabling VVCS to fulfil its role as key component of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs delivery of community based mental health care.

3. Provide guidance to the VVCS on :

  • issues and needs within the veteran and defence  communities that impact on the delivery of VVCS programs;
  • strategic service delivery partnerships that will enable VVCS to play its part, with other providers in an integrated approach to mental health care.

4. Assess and report to the Minister on the operations and quality of outcomes delivered   to the veteran community, through VVCS programs.

Terms of appointment
Appointment to the National Advisory Committee (NAC) of the VVCS is for three years.  Ministerial appointments to the committee are made on the basis that while committee members may be members of interested organisations they do not serve on the committee as representatives of those organisations.

Meeting frequency
The Committee meets three times a year. Dates are set in advance.

Secretariat support
Secretariat support is provided by VVCS Canberra. The committee secretary is the Executive Officer, VVCS.

April 2007