South Australia

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Terms of reference

The South Australian 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 South Australian 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 South Australia 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 South Australia.
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Membership comprises representatives of the following organisations:

Organisation Members
Defence Community Association Mr Laurie Lewis
Defence Reserves Association Mr Robert Atkinson
Defence Force Welfare Association Mr Lee Bowes
Solider On Ms Kate Fraser
Legacy Club of Australia Mr Peter Ali
Naval Association of Australia (SA Section) Mrs Jean Stewart
Returned and Services League of Australia (SA Branch) Mr Corey Starkey
Royal Australian Regiment Association (SA Branch) Mr Rod Graham
The Association of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen and Women (SA Branch) Mr Mick Curry
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia (SA Branch) Mrs Cleo Field
Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia (SA Branch) Mr Phillip St John
Vietnam Veterans’ Federation (SA Branch) Mr Mal Thiele
War Widows’ Guild of Australia (SA Branch) Mrs Helen Adamson
Australian Veterans and Defence Services Council (SA) Mr W (Bill) Chappell
Veterans SA Mr Robert Manton
Royal Australian Air Force Association (SA Division) Mr W (Bill) Chappell
Royal Australian Air Force SQNLDR Clair Mooy
National Malay & Borneo Veteran's Association Australia Mr Brian Selby

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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