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2016 Media Centre

Below are links to 2016 media releases, speeches and other announcements.

For media enquiries, contact the DVA Media Team on 02 6289 6466 or email media.team@dva.gov.au


21 December 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced the establishment of a panel of community-based providers to help treat members of the veteran community experiencing alcohol and other drug (AOD) use disorders.

Media release - Support for veterans with drug and alcohol dependencies

21 December 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced more than $160,000 had been awarded to 66 community projects honouring Australia’s wartime history.

Media release - Commemorative grants fund 66 local community projects

20 December 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today released the Australian Government’s response to the Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study.

Media release - Release of Government response to Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study

19 December 2016

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

Departmental media release

16 December 2016

A permanent Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) will be established in the Northern Territory to ensure veterans continue to access the highest level of support.

Media release - Ensuring support for Northern Territory veterans

13 December 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the Capricorn Veterans’ and Families Support Centre in Yeppoon would bring together support services under one roof to benefit the local veteran community.

Media release - Opening of Capricorn Veterans’ and Families Support Centre

9 December 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today launched a free educational app about the First World War Battles of Fromelles and Pozières to mark their 100th anniversaries this year.

Media release - Interactive First World War app launched

9 December 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Belgium authorities were funding a travelling exhibition of WWI artefacts as a sign of their deep appreciation of the service and sacrifice of Australian soldiers.

Media release - Belgium First World War exhibition tours Australia

8 December 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said information sessions in Townsville next week would address the services and support available to current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) concerned about mefloquine.

Media release - DVA information sessions to be held in Townsville

8 December 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, today announced four projects will share in more than $67,000 to commemorate Australia’s wartime heritage.

Media release - Local projects receive boost through major commemorative grants

6 December 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan praised the contribution of our female Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and veterans and called on all Australians to recognise their service and sacrifice.

Media release - Supporting female veterans and families

5 December 2016

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan will visit Townsville later this week to discuss the incidence of suicide among current and former members of the ADF and hear ideas that will help shape a new landmark suicide prevention trial in the region.

Media release - Roundtable to discuss suicide prevention in...

2 December 2016

The Government will honour veterans in towns and cities around Australia with more than $530,000 in grants to ex-service organisations for community projects.

Media release - Supporting veterans and communities

30 November 2016

The Government today released the most statistically robust data ever compiled into the prevalence of suicide among current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Media release - Preliminary results from study into veterans’ suicide

29 November 2016

A Western Australian student has won the wartime experiences category of the National History Challenge (NHC) with a research essay on the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Media release - WA student wins National History Challenge

29 November 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Western Australians should visit the ‘Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience’ once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of Australia’s involvement in the First World War that opens in Perth today.

Media release - The Spirit of Anzac comes to Perth

27 November 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Australians should today reflect on the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the HMAS Parramatta II and the lives lost.

Media release - Anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Parramatta II

25 November 2016

Federal, state and territory governments have agreed to improve coordination on veterans’ issues and work more cooperatively on data improvement.

Media release

24 November 2016

The issue of veterans’ homelessness will be a focus of discussions when Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan hosts his state and territory counterparts in Canberra today and tomorrow.

Media release - Prioritising support for Australia's Veterans

19 November 2016

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Dan Tehan said Australia remembered the service and sacrifice of the 645 crew of HMAS Sydney that sunk 75 years ago today.

Media release - 75th anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Sydney

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