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Terms of reference

The Queensland 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
  2. sitting as the Queensland 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
  3. enhance the ex-service community's understanding of DVA's service delivery performance in the Queensland through improved communication and information sharing between DVA and the ex-service community
  4. 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
  5. provide a mechanism to disseminate information about Veterans' Affairs initiatives and Department of Defence and broader Commonwealth activities where appropriate
  6. provide a forum which facilitates the maintenance of an effective working relationship between ESOs, the Deputy Commissioner and DVA staff in the Queensland.
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Membership comprises representatives of the following organisations:

Organisation Members
Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Veterans' Association Mr Randall New
Australian Veterans and Defence Services Council Mr Peter (Casey) Jones
Brisbane Legacy Mr Brendan Cox
Defence Force Welfare Association Mr John Lowis
Defence Reserves Association Mr Christopher Cunneen 
Mates4Mates Ms Suzanne Desailly 
Naval Association of Australia Mr Ray Sandford 
Partners of Veterans Association of Australia Mrs Robyn Sutherland
Queensland Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Servicemen's Association Mr Chris Richards
Queensland Veterans Advisory Council Mr Danny O'Kearney
Returned and Services League Mr Robert Skoda
Royal Australian Air Force Association Mr Lindsay Bennett
Royal Australian Regiment Association (Queensland Division) Inc Mr Kel Ryan 
Totally and Permanently Disabled Soldiers' Association of Australia Mr Owen Legg
Veterans Care Association Mr Gary Stone
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia Mr Darryl Shipp
Vietnam Veterans' Federation of Australia Mr Peter Handy
War Widows' Guild of Australia Ms Jenny Gregory


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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