Northern Territory

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Terms of reference

The Northern Territory Consultative Forum will:

  1. provide a mechanism for regular consultation and discussion between the Deputy Commissioner and Ex-Service Organisations (ESOs) to discuss systemic issues that concern the veteran and defence communities arising from the range of DVA operations including:
  • operational issues
  • health care including hospital and community based care
  • aged care both residential and community based
  • health and well-being
  • income support
  • compensation
  • rehabilitation
  • emerging issues for currently serving and recently separated ADF members
  1. sitting as the Northern Territory Treatment Monitoring Committee, monitor the access to and the quality of treatment available to entitled persons as private patients under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
  2. enhance the ex-service community’s understanding of DVA’s service delivery performance in the Northern Territory through improved communication and information sharing between DVA and the ex-service community
  3. assist in identifying issues that may require referral to a national-led forum e.g. the ESO Round Table for strategic issues or the Operational Working Party for day-to-day operational matters
  4. provide a mechanism to disseminate information about Veterans’ Affairs initiatives and Department of Defence and broader Commonwealth activities where appropriate
  5. provide a forum which facilitates the maintenance of an effective working relationship between ESOs, the Deputy Commissioner and DVA staff in the Northern Territory.
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Membership comprises representatives of the following organisations:

Organisation Members
National Servicemen's Association of Australia (Darwin Branch) John Phillips
Partners of Vietnam Veterans Australia NT Pam Onley
Legacy Jack Hamilton,OAM
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (NT Branch) Mr Bob Shewring 
Returned and Services League (Darwin Sub-Branch) Mr Donald Milford, BEM
Returned and Services League (Darwin Nth Sub-Branch) Ken Bell
Returned and Services League (Alice Springs Sub-Branch) Dave Batic
Returned and Services League (Gove Sub-Branch) Ivor Alexander
Returned and Services League (Katherine Sub-Branch) Mark Hagger
Returned and Services League (Palmerston Sub-Branch) Mr Bill Simpkins
Royal Australian Armoured Corps Association Mr Paul Hanlon

The forum is chaired by the Deputy Commissioner.


The Chair has discretion to allow members to nominate a substitute attendee when considered necessary.

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Meeting schedule

It is anticipated that face-to-face meetings of the State and Territory Forums will be restricted to two or three each calendar year with any additional out-of-session meetings being conducted via video or telephone conferencing as required.

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