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16 December 2018

Members of the Australian civilian surgical and medical teams that provided medical aid, training and treatment to local Vietnamese people during the Vietnam War will be eligible for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Gold Card.

Media release Gold Card for Doctors and Nurses from the Vietnam war

14 December 2018

MINISTER for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Darren Chester today welcomed the Productivity Commission draft report of its inquiry into compensation and rehabilitation for veterans.

Media release — Productivity Commission draft report into compensation and rehabilitation for veterans

14 December 2018

A new council for women and families is set to provide direct policy advice to the Federal Government.

Media release — Council for Women and Families United by Defence Service

12 December 2018

The refurbished Hellfire Pass Interpretative Centre, originally built and funded by the Australian Government in collaboration with the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand, and now with important improvement works completed, was re-opened in Kanchanaburi in Thailand today.

Media release — Thailand Hellfire Pass Centre tells important story

6 December 2018

Modernisation of the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) processes, systems and technology aimed at putting the needs of the veterans and their families first is continuing to deliver results with overall satisfaction of the DVA's services remaining above 80 per cent.

Media release — Investment pays on claims processing times

5 December 2018

MINISTER for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester today welcomed the report from the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee Inquiry into the use of the Quinoline anti-malarial drugs Mefloquine and Tafenoquine in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Media release - Government welcomes Mefloquine report

27 November 2018

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester today announced the re-appointment of Mr James McMahon DSC DSM for a further three year term to the Council of the Australian War Memorial.

Media release Council of the Australian War Memorial appointments

16 November 2018

I welcome the announcement by the Australian Bureau of Statistics that veteran identifier question is being considered for inclusion in the 2021 Census.

Media release — Census statement

16 November 2018

Local communities are set to receive more than $130,000 in Saluting Their Service grants which deliver projects commemorating Australia’s wartime history and reflect our gratitude to all those who have served our country.

Media release — Remembering Veterans’ Service and Sacrifice focus of Grants

11 November 2018

To those serving us in uniform and to those who have served their nations in the past: May I offer a special welcome. Thank you for your service. And thank you to your families for supporting your service.

Speech — Remembrance Day 2018

10 November 2018

Virtual reality technology and stunning 360-degree drone footage are bringing the Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front to Australians across the world, through an Anzac 360 app featuring interactive videos.

Media release — Virtual reality brings Australian Remembrance Trail to life

9 November 2018

All Australians are encouraged to pause on Remembrance Day 2018, the centenary of the First World War Armistice, and remember the men and women who have suffered and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Media release — Australians commemorate Remembrance Day 2018 and centenary of the First World War Armistice

7 November 2018

Australians are being encouraged to Just Ask questions within their families and make enquiries online to see if they have a lost family connection to one of the almost two million people who have served Australia in wars, conflicts and on peacekeeping operations over the past century.

Media release — Just Ask about your military history, you might be amazed

6 November 2018

NEW Menin Gate lions are now a permanent fixture on the plinths in front of the Menin Gate Memorial, as the Australian Government’s gift to the city of Ieper (Ypres) was unveiled today.

Media release — New Lions unveiled at the Menin Gate in Ieper

4 November 2018

IN the lead-up to Remembrance Day, Australians are being encouraged to take a moment to reflect on who they will be thinking about during the minute’s silence at 11am on 11 November and share it using the hashtag, #1MS (1 Minute’s Silence).

Media release — Who do you remember during a minute's silence

2 November 2018

Thousands of ex-service men and women across Australia are set to benefit from a new initiative to connect them with employment opportunities.

Joint media release — Jobs for veterans

2 November 2018

An Australian veteran who served in Afghanistan, Jesse Bird, tragically died of suicide on 27 June 2017 at the age of 32.

Media release — Bird Inquiry independent reviewer

27 October 2018

The third meeting of federal, state and territory Ministers responsible for veterans’ issues was held on the final day of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 to discuss opportunities for closer collaboration in supporting Australia’s veterans and their families.

Joint communiqué — Veterans’ Ministers’ meeting

27 October 2018

Veterans and their families are at the centre of a fresh package of initiatives from our government to recognise their vital role and service to Australia.

Joint media statement — Recognising and respecting our veterans

25 October 2018

More than 660 community projects commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War are set to share in more than $5.3 million under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program.

Media release — Grants help communities commemorate Centenary of Armistice

25 October 2018

More than $824,000 of funding under the latest round of Veteran and Community Grants (VCG) program will soon be provided to community groups supporting veterans.

Media release — Funding to support veterans and their communities

24 October 2018

I ask leave of the House to give the second annual Ministerial Statement on Veterans and Their Families. Almost two million Australian servicemen and women have served our nation since Federation. And to those men and women, to those who have gone before you and to all of their families, I would like to say, quite simply – thank you for your service.

Speech Ministerial Statement – Veterans and Their Families

23 October 2018

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) requests that Australian media use sensitivity when reporting on the mental health of serving and ex-serving ADF members and include contact details for veteran specific support channels.

DVA media advisory – Veteran Mental Health and Suicide Reporting

21 October 2018

Coinciding with the opening of the Invictus Games, the Australian Government Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester, welcomed delegations from Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States to the International Ministerial Conference on Veterans’ Issues at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney on 20 and 21 October 2018.

Joint media release — International Ministerial (5-Eyes) Conference on Veterans’ Issues

20 October 2018

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester will today host a meeting with visiting Veterans’ Affairs Ministers, agency heads and senior military representatives from the 5-Eyes countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Media release — Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling Launch

19 October 2018

The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) has been relaunched today as Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling based on feedback from veterans and veterans’ families.

Media release — Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling Launch

19 October 2018

The challenges around veterans transitioning from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to civilian life will be the focus of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Invictus18 Symposium being held at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney today.

Media release — Transition front and centre at Invictus18 Symposium

18 October 2018

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester today opened the Veterans' Families and Veterans' Employment forums in Sydney ahead of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.

Media release — Forums focus on veterans' families and employment

18 October 2018

Most Australian military families are resilient, healthy and financially secure, according to a joint Department of Defence and Department of Veterans' Affairs study, released today.

Media release — Study finds most military families resilient, healthy, financially secure

16 October 2018

THE sacrifice of Australian Prisoners of War (POWs) who worked on the Thai–Burma railway, including the notorious Hellfire Pass, almost 75 years ago, will be remembered today at a national service at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial in Ballarat, Victoria.

Media release — Nation remembers prisoners of war on the 75th anniversary of Thai-Burma Railway completion

10 October 2018

More assistance is available for veteran service organisations boosting support for veterans and their families in the electorate of Hinkler in Queensland, Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Darren Chester, announced today.

Media release — Enhanced services to be provided to veterans and their families in Queensland

10 October 2018

Maryborough residents' keen interest in military history, commemoration and education will be on show today with Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Darren Chester, visiting the Gallipoli to Armistice Military Trail, and the Maryborough Special School.

Joint media release — Military history, commemoration and education thrives in Maryborough

10 October 2018

As part of the Australian Government's Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program, funding of more than $45,000 will be provided to the Tin Can Bay RSL in support to upgrading its facilities including external shade areas for members' use.

Joint media release — Veterans and Community Grant for Tin Can Bay RSL

9 October 2018

Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub-branches have been commended for their role in keeping veterans informed, active and involved.

Joint media release — RSL sub-branches key to continued veteran engagement

8 October 2018

Discussing veteran issues and meeting former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) were a key focus of Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester's visit to Townsville today.

Media release — Minister Chester in Townsville to discuss veteran issues

8 October 2018

Today, Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Darren Chester, and Member for Groom, Dr John McVeigh, met with numerous Ex-Service Organisations (ESOs) in the Toowoomba region and announced more than $20,000 in funding will be provided through the Armistice Centenary Grants Program (ACGP) to the Toowoomba United RSL Sub-Branch.

Joint media release — More support offered to Toowoomba veterans

26 September 2018

Veteran pension payments have increased in line with the biannual indexation process.

Media release — Veteran pension set to increase

25 September 2018

More than $138,000 in funding will be shared amongst national ex-service organisations to assist them in improving their service delivery to veterans.

Media release — Funding for national ex-service

24 September 2018

NOMINATIONS for the Veterans’ Employment Awards, established under the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program, opened today.

Media release — Veterans’ Employment Program - nominations for 2019 awards open

22 September 2018

Veterans’ Health Week is a fantastic opportunity for the public to support and attend the many different events and activities all over the country to positively engage with veterans and their families to promote the benefits of good nutrition.

Media release — Nutrition is the key theme for Veterans' Health Week 2018

21 September 2018

THE Government today acknowledged the release of two reports from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) — the 2018 update on the Causes of death among serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel: 2002–2015, and the National suicide monitoring of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.

Media release — Accessible mental health support for veterans

20 September 2018

Funding of more than $170,000 will be provided to community groups supporting veterans under the latest round of the Veteran and Community Grants program.

Media release — Supporting veterans and their communities

14 September 2018

THE vital role of Australians in United Nations (UN) peace operations and their more than 70 years of dedicated service to the international community is remembered today, National Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Day.

Media release — Honouring the contribution of Australia's Peacekeepers

12 September 2018

Headlining a week of events honouring our current, and former, female Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, the third Female Veterans' Policy Forum is bringing together a large, diverse group of female veterans to share their unique perspectives on life during and after military service.

Media release — Female veterans share their unique perspective

12 September 2018

SCHOOLS from South Australia and Tasmania have won this year’s Anzac Day Schools’ Awards for their projects commemorating the service and sacrifice of our veterans over the past century.

Media release — Minister Announces Anzac Day Schools' Awards Winners

12 September 2018

COMMUNITY, business, political and Defence leaders have come together to honour women whose lives and families have been affected by their service with the Australian Defence Force at a Wreath Laying Ceremony and National Dinner Event in Canberra.

Media release — Honouring women’s contribution to our defence

10 September 2018

Schools around the country will soon receive their annual educational kit in preparation for Remembrance Day, which this year marks the centenary of the Armistice that ended the fighting of the First World War.

Media release — Schools’ mail-out to encourage milestone recognition

7 September 2018

MINISTER for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester today announced that the Governor-General His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d) has appointed five new members and reappointed five members to the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB).

Media release — Appointment of members to the Veterans' Review Board

7 September 2018

TODAY we celebrate the launch of the 56th year of the Story Writing and Art Competition, encouraging and highlighting the artistic talents of Victoria’s ex-service community.

Media release — Celebrating veterans' artistic talent

6 September 2018

TODAY on Badge Day of Legacy Week 2018, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester is encouraging all Australians to buy a Legacy badge to show their support for families of Australian veterans who have given their life or health for their country.

Media release — Support our veterans by buying a Legacy badge

6 September 2018

The Federal and State Ministers for Veterans' Affairs, Darren Chester and Guy Barnett, today unveiled 33 headstones and plaques for World War One Veterans buried at Cornelian Bay cemetery.

Joint media release — Thirty-three headstones and plaques for World War One Veterans unveiled

5 September 2018

On the first Wednesday of September each year we commemorate the Battle for Australia, acknowledging the bravery and sacrifice of more than half a million service personnel and civilians who defended Australia during the Second World War.

Media release - Remembering the Battle for Australia

3 September 2018

KNOWN as Merchant Navy Day, today recognises Australian service and civilian personnel who served on merchant vessels for more than a century.

Media release - Commemorating the Service of Australia's Merchant Mariners

31 August 2018

Known as "Malaya and Borneo Veterans' Day", today recognises Australian military personnel who served in two historical campaigns — the Malayan Emergency (1948–1960), and the Indonesian Confrontation, or Konfrontasi, (1962–1966).

Media release Commemorating the Service of Malaya and Borneo Veterans

31 August 2018

Today Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Darren Chester, has encouraged Australians to honour the valuable service of the RAAF units who served at Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand between 1962 and 1968.

Media release 50 years since Australia's RAAF Thailand service

30 August 2018

Boeing Defence Australia has been invited to join the Prime Minister's Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans' Employment (IAC).

Media release Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans' Employment

29 August 2018

More than $3.8 million in funding will be provided to veteran organisations providing essential advice, advocacy and welfare services for veterans, serving members and their families along with war widows and widowers through the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program.

Media release Ex-Service Organisations receive funding boost

18 August 2018

Today on Vietnam Veterans' Day and the 52nd anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, and Australians are encouraged to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women who served during the Vietnam War.

Media release Vietnam Veterans' Day and the Battle of Long Tan

15 August 2018

TODAY Australia acknowledges Victory in the Pacific Day, commemorating 73 years since the end of the Second World War. While Victory in Europe was declared in May 1945, fighting in the Pacific region continued until August 1945.

Media release - 73 years since Victory in the Pacific

13 August 2018

The Department of Human Services is partnering with a key veterans' employment agency to help give Australia's former service men and women much needed opportunities to re-skill for civilian life.

Joint media release — Military skills enlisted to help defend Australia's welfare system

10 August 2018

VETERANS and their families will join millions of Australians transacting with government online through myGov.

Media release - DVA online services now available through myGov

8 August 2018

STRENGTHENING bi-lateral relationships and understanding veterans’ issues will form part of the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester’s visit to France for the centenary of the Battle of Amiens commemorations this week.

Media release - Strengthening bi-lateral relationships on veterans’ issues

8 August 2018

ONE hundred years ago today, the Allies launched the largest attack of the First World War east of the French town of Amiens, winning an unprecedented victory on the Western Front and beginning what has become known as ‘the hundred days’ to the end of the war.

Media release - Centenary of unprecedented First World War victory

6 August 2018

TODAY marks the anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine, a diversionary attack 103 years ago at Gallipoli and one of the most intense battles in our ANZAC history.

Media release - Remembering the Battle of Lone Pine

27 July 2018

VETERANS in rural and remote areas will have improved access to mental health experts through a Federal Government initiative.

Media release - New Practitioner Support Service to assist in veteran mental health treatment

27 July 2018

One million dollars' worth of grants are available to assist younger veterans establish themselves into civilian life, and manage the challenges and opportunities that their ADF service presents.

Media release - Supporting younger vererans grant applications now open

27 July 2018

IN recognition of the 65th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, Australian veterans will be honoured at a national commemoration today.

Media release — Nation thanks veterans on 65th Korean War Armistice anniversary

20 July 2018

MINISTER for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester has today reiterated the importance of the Returned and Services League (RSL) to the veteran community following the announcement that Robert Dick has stood down as National President of the RSL.

Media release — RSL continues supporting veteran community

18 July 2018

TWO important commemorative projects on the northern coast of New South Wales (NSW) will receive almost $50,000 in funding from the Australian Government ensuring the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel is remembered.

Joint media release — Investing in NSW North Coast commemorative projects

12 July 2018

The Australian competitors for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 (IG2018) are in the final stages of their preparation as we begin the countdown, with just 100 days to go until the opening ceremony on 20 October 2018.

Joint media release — The countdown is on — 100 days until the Invictus Games in Sydney

9 July 2018

The 2018 theme of "Because of Her, We Can!", makes NAIDOC Week the perfect opportunity to salute the service and sacrifice of Indigenous women who have served in uniform.

Media release NAIDOC Week — Honouring the service and sacrifice of Indigenous service women

4 July 2018

ONE hundred years ago today, a 93-minute battle was fought during the First World War on the Western Front that is heralded as one of Australia’s greatest military achievements and is still considered a masterpiece of logistics and combined arms warfare.

Media release Remembering the Battle of Hamel 100 years on

3 July 2018

TWO significant initiatives encouraging Australians to visit the Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front, and learn more about Australia’s First World War history, were launched in France today.

Media release - Visiting the Australian Remembrance Trail

2 July 2018

Today, on the 20th anniversary of Reserve Forces Day, Australians are encouraged to recognise the vital role our Navy, Army and Air Force Reservists have played, and continue to play, in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Media release Community Grants for Projects Honouring Veterans

1 July 2018

Today, on the 20th anniversary of Reserve Forces Day, Australians are encouraged to recognise the vital role our Navy, Army and Air Force Reservists have played, and continue to play, in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Media release Remembering Our Reserve Forces

29 June 2018

Students from across Australia were congratulated today by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester after being selected to receive funding under the Long Tan Bursary Scheme.

Media release - Long Tan Bursary recipients announced

27 June 2018

Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Darren Chester, and Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs, Liz Cosson, welcome the tabling of the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) performance audit of the Efficiency of Veterans Service Delivery by the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Joint statement - Response to ANAO Audit Efficiency of Veterans Service Delivery by the Department of Veterans' Affairs

23 June 2018

IMPROVING transition for current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) living in Queensland was a key focus for Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester speaking at the annual RSL Queensland State Congress in Cairns today.

Media release - Minister addresses RSL Queensland State Congress

22 June 2018

PATHWAYS to employment and the benefits of employing veterans upon transition from the Australian Defence Force was the key focus of the Veterans’ Employment Program roundtable in Brisbane today.

Media release - Pathways for veteran employment

18 June 2018

COMMUNITIES across the country are set to receive almost $320,000 under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program to develop 50 projects to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War.

Media release - Community Projects Receive Grants to Commemorate Centenary of Armistice

16 June 2018

IMPROVING the way veterans transition into civilian life will continue to be a major focus for the Coalition Government following the Federal Budget.

Media release - Government committed to improving transition

16 June 2018

STUDENTS and visitors to Western Australia’s State War Memorial at Kings Park will soon be able to access the rich military history there through an app and associated website.

Media release - Kings Park Remembrance Walk App Funding announced

31 May 2018

PUBLIC submissions are being sought to inform a major study which has commenced to improve advocacy services for veterans and their families.

Media release - Veterans’ Advocacy Study Discussion Paper Released

30 May 2018

The Federal Government is putting veterans first with an innovative trial of assistance dogs for veterans.

Media release - Assistance dog trial to help tackle veteran mental health

27 May 2018

IN recognition of National Reconciliation Week, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester has highlighted new research offering fresh insights into the personal experiences and challenges of Indigenous Australians during the First World War.

Media release - Indigenous service honoured during Reconciliation Week

24 May 2018

VETERANS and their families will have greater access to essential services with Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester introducing the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-Centric Reforms No. 2) Bill 2018 (VCR Bill) today.

Media release - Expanding essential services for veterans and their families

23 May 2018

NUTRITION will be the theme for this year’s Veterans’ Health week with funding for applications to support events highlighting the week now open for ex-service organisations (ESOs) and community groups.

Media release - Funding applications open for Veterans’ Health Week 2018

22 May 2018

MINISTER for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester today announced the appointment of Liz Cosson AM CSC to the role of President of the Repatriation Commission.

Media release Appointment of President of the Repatriation Commission

22 May 2018

MINISTER for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester today announced Colonel Susan Neuhaus CSC (Ret’d) as a new appointee to the Council of the Australian War Memorial along with the reappointment of Major General Greg Melick AO.

Media release Council of the Australian War Memorial appointments

21 May 2018

SUBMISSIONS for the Productivity Commission inquiry into Compensation and Rehabilitation for Veterans are being encouraged by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester.

Media release - Submissions sought to inquiry into compensation and rehabilitation for veterans

19 May 2018

IMPROVING the way veterans transition into civilian life will continue to be a major focus for the Coalition Government following the Federal Budget.

Media release - Veterans’ Affairs Minister focussed on transition

10 May 2018

VETERANS will gather in Canberra on Sunday to attend a national service to recognise the Battles at Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral—Australia’s most protracted and costly battles of the Vietnam War.

Media release - 50th anniversary of Australia's largest Vietnam battles

9 May 2018

Veterans and their families will continue to come first with $100 million in additional funding provided in the 2018-19 Budget announced on Tuesday.

Media release Budget puts veterans and their families first

8 May 2018

TODAY is the 73rd anniversary of Victory in Europe Day when we are encouraged to remember the Australian service men and women who served in the European and Mediterranean theatres of the Second World War, Minister for Veterans Affairs, Darren Chester said.

Media release - 73 years since Victory in Europe

5 May 2018

THE 76th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, which ended Japanese attempts on Port Moresby by sea, will be commemorated today with a national service at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

Media release - Australians encouraged to recognise Battle of Coral Sea

29 April 2018

VETERANS and their direct relatives will meet in Canberra to recognise the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, which was critical to the Allied victory in the Second World War.

Media release - National commemoration for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic

27 April 2018

The results of five seasons of archaeological surveys of the First World War battlefield at Anzac on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey have been catalogued into a unique digital archive.

Media release - New online database reveals the artefacts of the Gallipoli battlefield

26 April 2018

The final arrangements have been put in place for the gifting of replicas of the famous Menin Gate lions from Australia to the City of Ieper, strengthening the bond between our countries which was forged on the Western Front more than a century ago.

Media release - Australia to gift replica Menin Gate lions to Belgian city of Ieper

25 April 2018

AUSTRALIANS have honoured the sacrifice of our service men and women at hundreds of Anzac Day ceremonies held throughout the country and around the world.

Media release - Australians show strong support for Anzac Day commemorations

25 April 2018

THE centrepiece of Australia’s Anzac Centenary 2014–18, the Sir John Monash Centre, opens in France today, honouring more than 295,000 soldiers who served on the Western Front and the 46,000 who died there.

Media release - Sir John Monash Centre opens on Anzac Day 2018, the Centenary of the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux

24 April 2018

KNOWN as Kapyong Day, today recognises the anniversary of a turning point in the Korean War when Australians helped prevent Communist forces from occupying the South Korean capital, Seoul, for the third time in less than a year.

Media release - Kapyong Day commemorates landmark battle of Korean War

22 April 2018

TWO of the sites on the Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front will be enhanced and preserved, ensuring the contribution of Australians in the First World War is never forgotten.

Media release - Australian Government supports outstanding French sites

18 April 2018

A program to improve easy access to general information about mental health services, counselling, rehabilitation, and transition and support services for veterans and their families has been launched in Mount Gambier, South Australia and North Lakes in the Moreton Bay area of Queensland as part pilot the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is conducting with Australia Post.

Media release - Expanding services for veterans and their families in partnership with Australia Post

18 April 2018

AUSTRALIANS are encouraged to reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who have served our nation on Anzac Day 2018, which this year marks the centenary of the Battles of Villers-Bretonneux.

Media release - Australians encouraged to commemorate Anzac Day 2018

16 April 2018

A MAJOR study to improve advocacy services for veterans and their families has commenced under the leadership of the former Chair of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce, Mr Robert Cornall AO.

Media release - Putting veterans and their families first - new study to improve advocacy services

11 April 2018

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester has welcomed today’s announcement that the Prime Minister intends to appoint Ms Liz Cosson AM CSC as Department Secretary.

Media release - Minister welcomes announcement of new Department Secretary appointment

5 April 2018

THE largest study undertaken to examine the impact of military service has confirmed the Federal Government's focus on assisting veterans to transition into civilian life.

Media release - Research into the wellbeing of serving and ex-serving personnel released

29 March 2018

APRIL will mark the start of a significant program of military commemorations in Australia and overseas, with 2018 culminating in the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Media release One month until Australia's 2018 Commemorative Program begins

28 March 2018

Announcing of the inaugural winners of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards.

Media release - Rewarding excellence in veteran employment

28 March 2018

In recognising the traditional owners of the land and elders both past and present can I say just how pleased I am to see the progress within the ADF at increasing the number of indigenous people in our workplace both in the Navy, Army and Air Force. There’s more work to be done, but we’re heading in the right direction.

Speech - PM’s Veterans’ Employment Awards

28 March 2018

The Turnbull Government has today announced a Productivity Commission inquiry into the system of compensation and rehabilitation for veterans.

Media release - Independent inquiry into the system of compensation and rehabilitation for veterans

23 March 2018

THOUSANDS of schools, libraries, ex-service and other organisations will receive a package of educational resources in the Anzac Day mailout commencing from this week said Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester.

Media release 2018 Anzac Day mailout

22 March 2018

VETERANS and their families will receive increased support services and income support payments after the Senate passed new legislation today.

Media release Delivering better services for veterans and their families

20 March 2018

VETERAN pension payments will increase in March in line with the biannual indexation process.

Media release - Veteran pensions set to increase

15 March 2018

APPLICATIONS are now open for the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants and Grants-in-Aid for ex-service organisations announced by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester today.

Media release - Grants supporting ex-service organisations now open for applications

8 March 2018

TODAY the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester marked International Women’s Day by attending a morning tea with the War Widows Guild and their supporting organisations paying tribute to the contribution of women to the armed services throughout a Century of Service.

Media release - International Women’s Day - honouring the service and sacrifice of women

20 February 2018

MORE than $1.4 million in 86 grants have been provided to community groups supporting veterans under the Veteran and Community Grants program in 2017-18 said Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Michael McCormack.

Media release - Veteran and community grants open for applications

19 February 2018

TODAY marks the 76th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin and Australians are encouraged to pause to remember those who died during the attacks by Japanese aircraft.

Media release - 76th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin

16 February 2018

A glass sculpture of the Rising Sun, commissioned for Australia’s Sir John Monash Centre in France, has gone on public display at the Canberra Glassworks.

Media release - Canberra Glassworks showcases sculpture for Sir John Monash Centre

15 February 2018

VETERANS and their families are set to benefit with Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Michael McCormack introducing the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-Centric Reforms No. 1) Bill 2018 (VCR Bill) to implement several new initiatives which will deliver better services to veterans and their families.

Media release - Delivering better services for veterans and their families

18 January 2018

The Morning Star tapestry created to hang in the Sir John Monash Centre in France goes on display at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne today. 

Media release - Western Front tapestry now on display at Shrine of Remembrance

10 January 2018

TODAY marks the 25th anniversary of the commencement of Australia’s significant contribution to peacekeeping operations in Somalia, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Michael McCormack says.

Media release - 25th anniversary of Australia’s peacekeeping deployment to Somalia

22 December 2017

MORE than $640,000 will be provided to community groups supporting veterans under the latest round of the Veteran and Community Grants program announced by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Michael McCormack today.

Media release - Grants support veterans and their communities

20 December 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced a new appointment to the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB).

Media release Veterans’ Review Board appointment

20 December 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced the reappointment of the Hon Dr Brendan Nelson as Director of the Australian War Memorial.

Media release

19 December 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said grant funding of almost $1 million announced today would go to local projects that improved the transition process and employment prospects for younger veterans.

Media release - Supporting Younger Veterans

18 December 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said businesses had just one week left to enter the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards and showcase their leadership in the field.

Media release - Last week to nominate for inaugural awards

14 December 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced the Australian Government would support a documentary recounting 100 years of Australian–American military cooperation.

Media release - A century of Australian-American military cooperation

13 December 2017

An Australian-made tapestry created to hang in the Sir John Monash Centre in France was cut from its loom today.

Media release - Morning Star Tapestry to shine In France

13 December 2017

Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Simon Lewis said today that crucial support services for the veteran community will continue to be available throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

Media release - Support services for veterans open over Christmas

12 December 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced three projects commemorating Australia’s wartime history would share in more than $185,000 of grant funding.

Media release - Major commemorative grants announced

11 December 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced that 82 community projects honouring Australian service men and women would share more than $210,000 in Government grant funding.

Media release - Community groups benefit from grants funding

11 December 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said today time was running out for businesses to nominate for the inaugural Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards.

Media release Time running out to nominate for awards

7 December 2017

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has launched its first information point at Australia Post’s Woden outlet as part of a trial to increase awareness of its services and programs.

Media release Australia Post outlets being trialled as additional contact points for veterans and their families

6 December 2017

An important piece of Australia’s military history will find a new home after the Vietnamese Government gifted the original Long Tan Cross to Australia.

Media release - Joint media release - Long Tan Cross

27 November 2017

A Western Australian student has won the Australian Wartime Experiences category of the National History Challenge (NHC).

Media release WA student wins National History Challenge

21 November 2017

Statement from Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan on the announcement that a project to build wind farms at the site of the Battle of Bullecourt would not proceed.

Media release - Bullecourt Wind farms

17 November 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has encouraged Australian businesses to celebrate the contribution of our veterans to the workplace by nominating for the inaugural Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards.

Media release Supporting veterans’ employment

11 November 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Remembrance Day today was an opportunity for every Australian to reflect on the lives lost to war and the service and sacrifice of our defence personnel.

Media release - Remembrance Day 2017

8 November 2017

The second Roundtable of Ministers responsible for veterans' issues has reinforced the need to coordinate effort across all levels of government to ensure the successful transition of those Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel moving from military to civilian life.

Media release - Joint Communique - Veterans’ Ministers' meeting

2 November 2017

Our country owes a debt of gratitude to the Australians who fought in the Kokoda and Beachheads campaigns as we mark the 75th anniversary today.

Media release - 75th anniversary of Kokoda and the Beachheads

1 November 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said veterans around Australia would benefit from more than $799,000 in grant funding provided to ex-service organisations for community projects.

Media release Grants support veterans and their communities

31 October 2017

Australia will today commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba.

Joint media release Joint Media Release - 100th anniversary of Battle of Beersheba

30 October 2017

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has made an approach to market to identify service providers to conduct a trial of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) assistance dogs.

Media release Providers sought for PTSD assistance dogs trial

29 October 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced the Australian Government would honour the memory of Indigenous diggers at the Battle of Beersheba 100 years ago through a new documentary.

Media releaseDigging Deep: Lest We Forget documentary

25 October 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced the establishment of a Peer Mentor Network in Townsville that will assist current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel recover from a mental health condition.

Media release - Peer Mentor Network to support Townsville veterans

24 October 2017

The Government will provide an additional $31 million to support veterans’ mental health as part of its response to the Senate Inquiry into veterans’ suicide.

Media release - $31 million in additional funding for veteran mental health

24 October 2017

The Minister for Veterans Affairs today tabled the Government's response to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee’s report on the Inquiry into suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel.

Ministerial statement in response to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee's Report on the Inquiry into suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel

23 October 2017

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Dan Tehan will today honour the Australians who served at the Battle of El Alamein on its 75th anniversary.

Media release - 75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein

21 October 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today encouraged current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and their family members to take part in events across Australia as part of the annual Veterans’ Health Week (VHW).

Media release - Veterans’ Health Week 2017

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