Last updated: 
17 January 2020


Terms of reference

The Victorian 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 Victorian 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 Victoria 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 Victoria.
Organisation Members
Austin Health VLO Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital Rob Winther OAM
Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association Mike Wells
Australian Veterans and Defence Services Council Ray Gill
Carry On Colin Wardrop
Defence Families Australia Gabrielle Sasse
Defence Force Welfare Association Stephen Turner
Defence Reserves Association Ian George
Department of Health and Human Services (Vic) Mignonne DeWitt
Department of Premier & Cabinet - Veterans Branch Rowena Vagg
Korean Veterans' Association of Australia COL Alan McDonald (Rtd)
Melbourne Legacy Justin Elwin
Naval Association of Australia John Moller OAM
Partners of Veterans Association Joy Herman
Post 1975 Veterans' Central Victoria Glenn Ludeman
Post 1975 Veterans' Central Victoria & VLO St John of God Hospital—Bendigo Lisa Gellately
Regional Veterans' Centre (Victoria) Greg Powell
Royal Australian Air Force Association Group Captain Carl Shiller (Rtd)
RSL Victoria Jeff Jackson
Totally and Permanently Incapacitated  Ex-Servicemen & Women of Victoria Inc Peter Holz
Vasey RSL Care Janna Voloshin
Vietnam Veteran's Association Australia Bob Elworthy
War Widows Guild (Victoria) Margaret Miles

The forum is chaired by the Deputy Commissioner.


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

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.