If you require media releases prior to 18 September 2013 please contact the Department of Veterans' Affairs media team.
7 March - New Board to oversee Anzac Centenary Public Fund
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced the appointment of a new five member Board to oversee the operation of the Anzac Centenary Public Fund.
Media release VA015
5 March - Veterans urged to take part in consultation
Today the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) will begin consultation with veterans, war widow/ers, their families, the Community and Public Sector Union and DVA staff about the future of some shopfront services in Victoria and New South Wales.
Media release VA014 | DVA regional offices (In Person Service)
5 March - Giving DVA a new home for the long-term
Today’s announcement to relocate the national office of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs from Woden to Civic in 2016 marks a new beginning for DVA, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, said.
Media release VA013
19 February - Wartime defence of Darwin honoured
All Australians are urged to honour those who defended Darwin against Japanese air raids during the Second World War.
Media release VA012
14 February - Sacrifices of our National Servicemen remembered
All Australians are encouraged to take a moment today, on National Servicemen's Day, to pay tribute to the young men who took part in the National Service scheme.
Media release VA011
13 February – Highest honour to digger who made the ultimate sacrifice
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson warmly welcomed the Australian Government’s decision to posthumously award the Victoria Cross for Australia to the late Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird MG.
Media release VA010
13 February - New $1 coin shares the spirit of the Centenary of Anzac
A new $1 circulating 2014 coin featuring the Centenary of Anzac logo and produced by the Royal Australian Mint has been unveiled.
Media release VA009
10 February - 50th anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Voyager II
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today encouraged all Australians to remember one of the nation’s greatest Naval tragedies, the sinking of HMAS Voyager II in 1964.
Media release VA008
6 February - VALE Arthur Gietzelt AO
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today expressed sorrow at the passing of the former Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Arthur Gietzelt AO, who will be farewelled at a State Memorial Service today.
Media release VA007
2 February – Next steps for Gallipoli 2015 ballot
42,582 applications were received from Australians planning to attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli in 2015.
Media release VA06 | Gallipoli 2015 website
30 January - Last chance to apply for Gallipoli 2015 ballot
The ballot for attendance at Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 closes at 11:59pm AEDST Friday 31 January.
Media release VA005 | Gallipoli 2015 website
29 January - Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Local Member for Herbert visit DVA offices in Townsville
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, was joined today by the Federal Member for Herbert, Ewen Jones MP, meeting staff from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and Veterans and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service (VVCS) offices in Townsville, along with local ex-service organisation (ESO) members.
Media release VA004 | Transcript of doorstop interview with Mr Ewen Jones MP - Townsville
29 January - Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) to be enhanced in Northern Tasmania
Veterans living in Northern Tasmania will have access to enhanced services from the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS).
Media release VA003
28 January - Congratulations to General Cosgrove on his appointment as the next Governor-General of Australia
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson, today congratulated General Peter Cosgrove AC MC on his appointment as Australia’s next Governor-General.
Media release VA002
14 January - Safety Paramount as the Hot Weather Continues
With the hot temperatures sweeping across the country the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today reminded Australia’s veteran community to look after their health.
Media release VA001
24 December - Grants Help Improve Veteran and Defence Community Life
Everything from upgrades to kitchen and office facilities to the purchase of equipment for Men’s Sheds are among projects to receive funding in the latest round of Veteran and Community Grants, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced today.
Media release VA020
24 December - Minister's Christmas Message
As 2013 comes to an end, I reaffirm the Government’s commitment to looking after our veterans and their families. The physical and mental health of veterans will continue to be a priority for the Australian Government in 2014 and beyond.
Media release VA019
16 December - Towards 2020: a blueprint for Veterans Affairs
Today, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Secretary, Mr Simon Lewis PSM, jointly launched the Department’s new strategic plan, DVA towards 2020.
Media release VA018 | DVA strategic plan - DVA towards 2020
10 December - Minister opens new premises of Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today officially opened the new premises of the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH) at the University of Melbourne.
Media release VA017
3 December - Alcohol management app ‘ON TRACK’ to deliver additional support
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced a new and improved version of the ON TRACK with The Right Mix mobile phone application, which is now available for download.
Media release VA016
26 November - Franco-Australian relations flourish in First World War Centenary planning
The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, welcomed French Associate Minister for Defence, in charge of Veterans’ Affairs, Mr Kader Arif in Canberra today, continuing their dialogue about commemorations for the Centenary of the First World War.
Media release VA015
14 November – Gallipoli 2015 ballot opens midnight 15 November
The ballot for places at Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 is open from midnight 15 November 2013 to 31 January 2014.
Media release VA014 | Gallipoli 2015 ballot factsheet (PDF 105KB) (Word 528KB) | Gallipoli 2015 website
9 November 2013 - Australian WWI legacy unveiled in Belgium
Australian visitors to Belgium seeking a military history experience are set to benefit from a new interpretive centre that opened in Ploegsteert, Belgium today.
Media release VA013 | Media backgrounder | Overview of Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front
8 November 2013 - Honour our fallen this Remembrance Day
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, encouraged all Australians to take a moment on Remembrance Day to reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who have bravely served our nation in war, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
Media release VA012 | Remembrance Day 2013 resources | Media backgrounder
Download the Remembrance Day 2013 commemorative poster (PDF 2.1MB) | (DOC 20KB)
4 November 2013 - Reduced Deeming Rates put money back in veterans’ pockets
Nearly 60,000 members of the veteran and defence communities will benefit from a decrease to deeming rates from 4 November 2013.
Media release VA010 | Deeming factsheet