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Saturday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Monday, 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

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Monday, 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

Friday, 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

Thursday, 02 August 2018

As part of our transformation program to modernise and streamline services, DVA has joined its online services with myGov to expand the self-servicing capability and enable veterans and their families to access DVA services online.

Friday, 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

Friday, 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

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Thursday, 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

Monday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Sunday, 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

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Saturday, 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

Friday, 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

Monday, 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

Saturday, 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

Saturday, 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

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Sunday, 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

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Saturday, 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

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Logo - Budget 2018-19

Tuesday, 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

Saturday, 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

Sunday, 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

Friday, 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

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Sunday, 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

Wednesday, 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.

Wednesday, 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

Monday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 08 August 2018

An independent study is investigating how current and former Australian Defence Force members and their families are assisted to access entitlements and services.

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

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

Media release - Rewarding excellence in veteran employment

Wednesday, 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

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Friday, 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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

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

Media release - Veteran pensions set to increase

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Friday, 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

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Monday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Friday, 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

Saturday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Sunday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Saturday, 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

Friday, 20 October 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today accepted the gift of a Sir John Monash bust from the Honorary Consul to Monaco, Mr Andrew Cannon AM, at Monaco House in Melbourne.

Media release - Bust of Sir John Monash bound for France

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The achievements of Australia’s inspiring 2017 Invictus Games team have been celebrated during a welcome home function at Parliament House today.

Joint media release - Invictus Games athletes welcomed home

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today told Legacy’s national conference how the Government’s significant investment in DVA is improving the services provided to veterans and their families.

Media release - Addressing Legacy's national conference

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Dan Tehan said Defence was proud to support the 2017 Veterans’ Film Festival in Canberra from 18 to 22 October 2017.

Media release - Proudly Supporting the 2017 Veterans Film Festival

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