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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs today paid tribute to the Australians who fought and died at the Battle of Bullecourt as he attended a commemoration service to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle.

Media release - The Centenary of the Battle of Bullecourt

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

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

Media release - Australians commemorate Anzac Day

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said on Anzac Day Australians would stop, pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who have defended our nation and our values.

Media release - Anzac Day 2017

Monday, 24 April 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today encouraged Australians to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who fought in one of the decisive battles of the Korean War.

Media release - Remembering the Battle of Kapyong

Monday, 24 April 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today inaugurated the Australian Poppy Garden in Zonnebeke, Belgium, as part of the Passchendaele Memorial Garden project.

Media release - The Australian Poppy Garden opens in Passchendaele

Monday, 24 April 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today officially re-opened the extensively refurbished Franco-Australian Museum at Villers-Bretonneux in France, in company with the local Mayor, Mr Patrick Simon.

Media release - Franco-Australian Museum re-opens in Villers-Bretonneux

Monday, 24 April 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the Government was helping amputee veterans play sport and lead a more active life.

Media release Enhanced program helps veterans get back to sport

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Anzac Day can be a deeply emotional time for Australia’s veterans and their families and some may find this time of year difficult.

As you cover stories and run programs about Australia’s military history, and its impact on Australians who have served in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the Department of Veterans’ Affairs requests you include, where appropriate, contact details for specialised counselling services and online resources for veterans.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has today called for greater understanding of the service and sacrifice of Australia’s female veterans.

Media release - Recognising female veterans

Friday, 14 April 2017

The time taken to process certain claims for veterans has fallen dramatically thanks to the Government’s investment in updating claims processing systems, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan announced today.

Media release - Modernising rehabilitation and compensation systems delivers benefits to veterans

Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Australian Government has received information to suggest terrorists may seek to target Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Turkish authorities are aware of this information and traditionally provide a high level of protective security around Anzac Day commemorations on the peninsula.

Media release - Threat to Anzac Day commemorations in Turkey

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has broadened the use of statutory declarations as evidence in compensation claims for incidence of sexual and or physical abuse.

Media release - Changes to assessing claims of sexual abuse in the ADF

Friday, 31 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has said business leaders on the Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment had an important job developing strategies that would help veterans find meaningful employment as the committee met for the first time in Sydney today.

Media release - First meeting of Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment

Friday, 31 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced that 55 community projects honouring Australia’s wartime history would receive more than $145,000 in funding.

Media release - Local community commemorative projects receive a boost

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The Government will make the development of strategies to support former members of the Australian Defence Force who are under 30 and have recently left the military a priority.

Media release - Government action on NMHC review

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The Government has launched a digital advertising campaign to inform current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) about accessing free treatment for five mental health conditions.

Media release - Promoting mental health support for our veterans

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Improvements to the Government’s jobactive website are helping veterans find work.

Media release - Enhanced support for veterans’ employment

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Minister for Health Greg Hunt and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today launched a children’s book series that supports children from military and emergency service families living with a parent who has a mental health condition.

Media release - Launch of educational book about mental health for children

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Government today received the National Mental Health Commission’s (NMHC) review of suicide and self-harm services for veterans and members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Media releaseGovernment welcomes NMHC review into veterans’ mental health

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan is calling for descendants of Indigenous Australian soldiers who took part in the Battle of Beersheba and the Sinai-Palenstine campaign to take part in an oral history project.

Media releaseSeeking descendants of Indigenous ‘Diggers’ of the Australian Light Horse

Monday, 27 March 2017

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

Media releaseVeterans pensions set to increase

Monday, 27 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Australians can register to attend the 100th anniversary commemoration service for the Battle of Polygon Wood later this year.

Media releaseCommemorations for centenary of the Battle of Polygon Wood

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said every school in Australia would receive books and posters to educate students about Australia’s wartime history and commemorate Anzac Day.

Media release - Anzac Day resources for schools

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs the Hon. Dan Tehan and Treasurer the Hon. Scott Morrison today officially launched the Turnbull Government’s $2.1 million pilot support program for children of veterans with mental health issues, run by the Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation.

Media release - Government launches $2.1m program to support children of veterans with mental health issues

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs office in Townsville is not closing.

Media release - DVA services for Townsville veterans ongoing

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Eight students from across Australia have earned a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Anzac Day commemorative services in France and Belgium after being awarded the prestigious Simpson Prize.

Media releaseStudents investigate Australia’s history

Friday, 17 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan outlined how the Digital Readiness Bill would provide stronger protections for veterans’ privacy at the RSL ACT conference in Canberra today.

Media release - Improving current provisions for veterans’ privacy

Friday, 17 March 2017

The Vietnamese Government has confirmed there will be no official Anzac Day commemoration at the Long Tan Cross site this year.

Media release - Decision on Long Tan Cross site commemorations

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan was encouraged by progress on how to further improve mental health support for veterans and their families at the National Advisory Committee for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) meeting held in Canberra.

Media releaseVeterans to benefit from improved mental health support

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced the appointment of George Frazis as Chair of the Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, an initiative of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program.

Media releaseVeterans’ Employment Industry Advisory Committee

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today said Australians planning to visit the Long Tan Cross site in Vietnam for Anzac Day commemorations should be aware of the current situation.

Media release2017 Anzac Day commemorations in Vietnam

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said improvements to an online resource for current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) would better help them manage stress.

Media releaseImproved self-help resource available

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Australians should pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who served on the HMAS Perth, which was sunk at the Battle of the Sunda Strait, during the Second World War, on this day 75 years ago.

Media release75th Anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Perth

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

A word version of this provider newsletter is available: Volume 3 - No.1 - February 2017  (DOCX 730 KB)

Friday, 24 February 2017

The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) is planning five main Anzac Centenary commemorations overseas in 2017.

Media release | Media EOICall for media expression of interest Anzac Day & Anzac Centenary commemorations 2017

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Today, we mark an important date in our history: the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.

Media release75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin

Friday, 17 February 2017

On Sunday 19 February it will be 75 years to the day since World War II reached the shores of Australia when Darwin was bombed.

Media releaseLetter to the Editor

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said today marked the 75th anniversary of one of the darkest chapters of the Second World War when 21 Australian Army nurses and up to 100 British soldiers were slain by Japanese soldiers on Banka Island in Indonesia.

Media release - 75th anniversary of the Banka Island Massacre

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said on today’s 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, Australians would pause and reflect on the lives lost and more than 15,000 Australian soldiers who were taken prisoner.

Media release75th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore

Friday, 10 February 2017

Minister for Veterans Affairs’ Dan Tehan said Australians will pause and reflect on the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin on 19 February.

Media release Commemorations for 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said 2017 would feature a number of significant military commemorations to recognise the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have fought to defend our country.

Media release2017 Domestic and Overseas Commemorations

Friday, 3 February 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Dan Tehan today officially launched the trial of a new intensive treatment program for current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Media release World-leading research to improve PTSD treatment for veterans

Friday, 3 February 2017

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Secretary Simon Lewis PSM today reminded members of the veteran and Defence communities that support is available for anyone who may be disturbed by the Senate Inquiry into Suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel public hearings.

Media release

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has paid tribute to the distinguished service and outstanding leadership of Major General David McLachlan AO, who retires as State President of RSL Victoria today.

Media releaseIn recognition of Major General David McLachlan AO

Friday, 27 January 2017

A national service commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore and the service and sacrifice of all Australian Prisoners of War will be held on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 at 11.00am, at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial in Ballarat, Victoria.

Media release

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today paid tribute to everyone who had contributed to the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service, which celebrates its 35th birthday today.

Media release - 35 years of mental health support for veterans

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Veterans and their families in towns and cities around Australia will benefit from more than $500,000 in grants to ex-service organisations for community projects.

Media releaseGrants support veterans and their communities

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan will today lay a wreath at a memorial service commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Japanese invasion of New Britain at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

Media release - Memorial service for 2/22nd Battalion / Lark Force

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan says Western Australians should pay a visit to an immersive First World War exhibition featuring 200 artefacts from the Australian War Memorial that opens in Bunbury today.

Media release

Monday, 9 January 2017

Current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel will compete for a place in the 2017 Australian Invictus Games team at selection trials this week in Canberra.

Media release - Selection trials for Invictus Games 2017

Monday, 9 January 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Dan Tehan has called for more Australian businesses and ex-service organisations to step up and support the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program.

Media release - Business backs Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A word version of this provider newsletter is available: Volume 2 - No. 6 - December 2016 (DOCX 965KB)

Friday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Friday, 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

Friday, 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

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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 Townsville

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Sunday, 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

Friday, 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

Thursday, 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

Saturday, 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

Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Turnbull Government will ensure all Australian Defence Force Personnel (ADF) are ready for the opportunities of post-service life.

Joint media release - Supporting veteran employment opportunities

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Veterans’ Employment Program

1. Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment

The Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment will develop and provide advice on practical measures to embed veterans’ employment strategies into the recruitment practices of Australian business. The Committee will play a role in the broader promotion of the skills and professional attributes that veterans have to offer employers.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today encouraged all Australians on Remembrance Day to reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have died in defence of our nation.

Media releaseRemembrance Day 2016

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

The Government has released updated treatment information for wounds in innovative new formats to improve the healthcare of Australians.

Media release - New mobile resource for wound care

Monday, 7 November 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today praised the contribution of Australia’s ex-service organisations as he attended a BBQ hosted by Soldier On to raise funds for veterans.

Media release - Soldier On BBQ

Friday, 4 November 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the University of New South Wales and the University of Adelaide had been engaged to conduct research into homelessness in the veteran community.

Media release Understanding homelessness in the veteran community

Monday, 14 November 2016

A word version of this provider newsletter is available: Volume 2 - No. 5 - October 2016 (DOCX 1 MB)

Friday, 24 February 2017

View the PDF version of the Annual Reports 2015 - 16

Monday, 31 October 2016

Today marks the 99th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba, and the historic charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade.

Media release - Anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba

Monday, 24 October 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced that Kaleen Primary School in Kaleen, ACT, was the National and ACT Primary School Winner and St Joseph’s College and Clonard College in Geelong, Victoria, shared the National and Victorian Secondary prize in this year’s Anzac Day Schools’ Awards.

Media release - Minister announces Anzac Day Schools’ Awards winners

Friday, 21 October 2016

If you are covering stories or running programs about Australia’s veterans and mental health issues during Veterans’ Health Week (22–30 October 2016), the Department of Veterans’ Affairs requests you include contact details for specialised counselling services and online resources for veterans where appropriate.

Note for Media - Veterans’ Health Reporting: Support for Veterans

Friday, 21 October 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan has encouraged serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and members of the ex-service community to take part in Veterans’ Health Week between 22 and 30 October.

Media release - Veterans’ Health Week 2016 – Social Connection

Friday, 21 October 2016

Veterans’ Health Week (22–30 October) is an opportunity for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, veterans, war widows, and their families to be pro-active about their physical and mental health.

Letter to the Editor - Veterans’ Health Week

Monday, 17 October 2016

Australia will honour the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Korean War when a mission of eight veterans pay their respects at the battlefields of Kapyong and Maryang San next week to mark the 65th anniversaries.

Media release - Veteran mission to Republic of Korea

Monday, 17 October 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, has called on the private sector to explore new pathways to provide veterans with employment opportunities.

Media release - Minister launches veterans’ training program

Friday, 30 September 2016

The Government has received the independent review conducted by KPMG into funding arrangements for the Camp Gallipoli Foundation following concerns raised earlier this year.

Media release - Review into Camp Gallipoli

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

The Minister for Veterans Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, today paid tribute to the families of Australia’s service men and women.

Media release - Vietnam War commemorative service

Monday, 26 September 2016

Australia honours the service and sacrifice of those who fought in the Battle of Polygon Wood on the 99th anniversary today.

Media release

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) passed by the Senate.

Media release - Appeals process simplified for veterans

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Veteran pension payments will increase from today, in line with indexation, for veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia.

Media release - Increase to veteran pensions

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Two hands grasping each otherThe Department of Veterans’ Affairs has partnered with two consortiums, located in Sydney and Townsville, to conduct a 12 month pilot program to train ex-serving Australian Defence Force members as volunteer Peer Mentors to help their Peers suffering from a mental health condition.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has established a dedicated mefloquine support team for our serving and ex-serving community.

Media release - Addressing mefloquine concerns

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Government Response to the Senate Inquiry Report on the mental health of ADF members and veterans was tabled in the Senate today. The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, said the Government would increase mental health support for Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and veterans.

Media release - Govt response to Senate Inquiry Report

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the Government had cut red tape which meant veterans’ claims would be processed faster. DVA has reduced the requirements for liability for five medical conditions, reducing the time taken to process around 600 claims a year.

Media release - Streamlined processing reduces red tape for veterans

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the nation honoured the service of more than 30,000 men and women who have participated in peacekeeping operations since 1947 on National Peacekeepers Day today.

Media release - Honouring Australian peacekeepers

Saturday, 10 September 2016

On World Suicide Prevention Day, my message to all serving Defence personnel and veterans is that help is available now and if you think you need it, or someone you know needs it - please ask for help.

Media releaseWorld Suicide Prevention Day

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Australians should today reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who served in defence of our nation in the Pacific in 1942-43 during the Second World War as we commemorate the Battle for Australia Day.

Media releaseBattle for Australia Day

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Ex-service organisations will share more than $600,000 to enhance the lives of those in the veteran community.

Media release -Veterans’grants build community connection

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