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Friday, 30 June 2017

DVA provides services and support to individuals who experienced sexual or physical abuse in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Mr Dan Tehan today encouraged Australians to visit the Anzac Portal website after a recent renovation.

Media release - Anzac Portal brings Australia's war history to life

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Government welcomes and will respond to the Senate Reference Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade report into suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel.

Media release - Release of Senate References Committee Report into Suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today encouraged Australians to pause and reflect on the 72nd anniversary of Victory in the Pacific Day, marking the end of the Second World War.

Media release - Victory in the Pacific Day

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced almost $4 million in Government funding for essential advice, advocacy and welfare services for veterans, serving members and their families, war widows and widowers.

Media release - $4m for veterans helping veterans

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced three new appointments to the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health (PMAC).

Media release - New Appointments to the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health

Monday, 7 August 2017

The Australian Government is committed to a stand-alone Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).

Media release - No change

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said today marked the 102nd anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine, one of the most bitterly fought actions of the Gallipoli Campaign.

Media releaseAnniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine

Monday, 31 July 2017

Media organisations or representatives wishing to cover the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood are invited to register to attend the service by close of business on 13 September 2017.

Media release

Monday, 31 July 2017

The Australian Government today recognised the unique contribution the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) made to the Vietnam War.

Media release - Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Today, the nation remembers those Australians who served in the Korean War, on the 64th anniversary of the 1953 Armistice agreement.

Media release - Korean War Veterans remembered

Friday, 21 July 2017

On 19 and 20 July 2017, Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood welcomed delegations from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to the International Ministerial Conference on Veterans’ Issues at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Media releaseInternational Ministerial (5-Eyes) conference on veterans' issues

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

"According to the latest data there are more than eight deaths by suicide in Australia each day. Tragically, serving and ex-serving Defence personnel are not immune from this."

Media release - Statement provided to ABC 730

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Ministers from five countries, including Australia, will meet in London this week to explore challenges faced by contemporary veterans, and how governments can improve support services to help them achieve a fulfilling post-service life.

Media release - International conference to focus on veterans’ mental health

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has told the WA RSL State Congress that the Government is addressing two key issues affecting the veteran community: access to mental health treatment and support for families of veterans.

Media release - Addressing the WA RSL State Congress

Friday, 14 July 2017

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) today announced that negotiations were underway to relocate the Canberra Veterans’ Access Network (VAN) office on Corinna Street to Bowes Street, Woden ACT, providing improved access to services for veterans and their families.

Media release - Improved access to services for veterans through the Canberra Veterans’ Access Network (VAN)

Monday, 14 August 2017

The new commemorative website has launched

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today said that more veterans could now access the Special and Intermediate Rate of Disability Pension as a result of a 2017-18 Budget initiative.

Media release - Increasing veterans’ workforce participation

Monday, 10 July 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today said that 233,000 Department of Veterans’ Affairs clients last week received a one-off payment to help with rising energy costs.

Media release - Energy Assistance Payment for veterans and their families

Monday, 10 July 2017

As Australians celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during NAIDOC Week, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Dan Tehan has today paid tribute to Indigenous ex-servicemen and women.

Media release

Friday, 7 July 2017

It has been a longstanding feature of the Australian superannuation system that military personnel and military invalidity pensioners are subject to tax on their superannuation income streams. Under the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation system, payments made before preservation age are treated as income and taxed accordingly. 

Media release - Taxation treatment of superannuation income streams

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced a new appointment and two re-appointments to the Council of the Australian War Memorial (AWM).

Media release - Australian War Memorial Council Appointments

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced nearly $240,000 in Government funding would be provided to deliver innovative and sustainable services for younger veterans.

Media release - Supporting Younger Veterans Grants announced

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan announced today that veterans, their families and local communities around Australia would benefit from more than $473,000 in Government grant funding for community projects.

Media release - Grants support veterans and their communities

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today called on the Victorian veteran community to help spread the important message about the mental health support available to former Australian Defence Force personnel and expanding services for families of veterans.

Media release - Addressing the Victorian RSL State Congress

Friday, 30 June 2017

The Government is delivering improved mental health support for current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families.

Media release - Response to National Mental Health Commission review

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced additional funding to ensure Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) clients would continue to have access to pharmaceuticals through the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS). 

Media release - Safeguarding veterans’ pharmaceutical benefits

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said a national forum today in Canberra would investigate ways to improve the claims process for veterans.

Media release Claims Management Forum

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today said that community groups and ex-service organisations could apply for funding to support local events organised for Veterans’ Health Week 2017

Media release - Funding applications open for Veterans’ Health Week

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today called on the Queensland veteran community to help spread the important message about the mental health support available to former Australian Defence Force personnel.

Media release - Addressing Queensland RSL State Congress

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has paid tribute to the late Hon Con Sciacca, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs from 1994-1996, who passed away today.

Media release - Vale Con Sciacca

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced 62 community projects honouring Australia’s servicemen and women would receive more than $140,000 in Australian Government funding.

Media release - Funding for community commemorative projects

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

It is an honour to announce the Australian team for the 2017 Invictus Games.

Media release - Announcement of the 2017 Australian Invictus Games Team

Monday, 19 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced that the Governor-General had reappointed four Senior Members of the Veterans’ Review Board. The four members are Colonel Evan Carlin, Colonel Craig McConaghy SC, Dr Peter Salu and Group Captain Anne Trengove.

Media release - Senior members of Veterans’ Review Board reappointed

Monday, 19 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has encouraged veterans to nominate to receive support to attend the commemorations of the Battles of Milne Bay and Kokoda and the Beachheads to be held in Canberra later this year.

Media release - Seeking nominations from veterans of Milne Bay and Kokoda and the Beachheads

Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) on behalf of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is producing a free webinar series to support practitioners to better respond to the mental health needs of veterans.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today said more than 1,000 jobs flagged as suitable for veterans had been advertised on the Government’s jobactive website as part of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program.

Media release - More than 1,000 jobs for veterans flagged

Friday, 16 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan and the Belgium Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Jean-Luc Bodson, planted an oak tree in the grounds of the Belgium Embassy in Canberra today in memory of the Australian soldiers who fought in Belgium in the First World War.

Media release - Belgium oak planting ceremony

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today called on surviving participants of the British Nuclear Test (BNT) program in Australia and veterans who served as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) to register for free health care.

Media release - Government passes Gold Cards for BCOF and BNT veterans’ legislation

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Australians would pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men who served in Bomber Command as a commemorative service is held today to mark the 75th anniversary of the operation commencing.

Media release - 75th anniversary of Bomber Command

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced that Major General Mark Kelly AO DSC had been reappointed as the Repatriation Commissioner for a period of two years.

Media release - Repatriation Commissioner reappointed

Monday, 29 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today honoured Australia’s contribution to global peacekeeping efforts on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

Media release - Honouring Peacekeepers

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Mr Tehan said Reconciliation Week 2017, which starts today, was an opportunity to reflect on the contribution Indigenous men and women have made to Australia’s military history.

Media release - Honouring Indigenous veterans during Reconciliation Week

Friday, 26 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today congratulated the 37 students from across Australia who will receive financial support towards their post-secondary education as recipients of a Long Tan Bursary.

Media release - Long Tan Bursary recipients announced

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan is calling for nominations from Australian veterans who served in the Battles of Milne Bay, and Kokoda and the Beachheads to attend the commemorations for the 75th anniversaries of the battles.

Media release - Honouring the veterans of Milne Bay and Kokoda and the Beachheads

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the Government had provided more money for mental health services and improving claims processing times after listening to the New South Wales veteran community.

Media release - Addressing the RSL NSW Annual State Congress

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today said current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) living in Tasmania would benefit from the Government’s additional investment in mental health services.

Media release - Minister addresses RSL Tasmania Annual State Congress

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the $166.6 million provided in this year’s Budget to implement the first stage of modernising the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (DVA) processes and IT system would improve client satisfaction with DVA as results of the 2016 Client Satisfaction Survey were released today.

Media release - 2016 Client Satisfaction Survey results support client centric reform

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The Government will expand the range of mental health conditions current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members can seek treatment for on a non-liability basis as part of the 2017–18 Budget.

Media release - Mental health support for veterans and their families, and medical coverage for veterans of nuclear testing

Monday, 8 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Australians would reflect on the 72nd anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, which marked the end of the Second World War hostilities in Europe.

Media release - Victory in Europe remembered 72 years on

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today said veterans could now claim up to $1,000 reimbursement for medical expenses when they have applied to the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB) or the Specialist Medical Review Council (SMRC) review process.

Media release - Increased reimbursement for medical expenses

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced $4.25 million for a grants program to support younger veterans.

Media release - Supporting Younger Veterans Grants

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Australians would remember the service and sacrifice of all those who fought in the Battle of the Coral Sea on its 75th anniversary today.

Media release - 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea

Monday, 1 May 2017

On May 4 we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, which has been called, “the battle that saved Australia”.

Letter to the EditorLetter to the Editor

Monday, 1 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affair Dan Tehan today announced more than $150,000 would be provided to community projects around the country that commemorate Australia’s wartime heritage.

Media release - Saluting Their Service commemorative grants announced

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

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