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Younger Veterans — Contemporary Needs Forum


This Younger Veterans — Contemporary Needs Forum (YVF) is intended to:

  • assist in identifying priority emerging issues for veterans across the age and conflict spectrum particularly in the areas of mental and social health
  • assist in identifying emerging issues for veterans' families and support networks
  • identify and analyse trends across veteran cohorts and geography and raise awareness of these increasing and common issues with subject-matter experts from the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) and other state or Commonwealth government departments and agencies as appropriate
  • assist in identifying opportunities for increased engagement with younger veterans who are geographically dislocated or not affiliated with ex-service organisations (ESOs) through the appropriate media and internet technology
  • enhance the ex-service community's understanding of DVA's service delivery performance through information sharing and improved communication between DVA and the ex-service community
  • identify and provide recommendations for improvements in DVA's operational policy to promote quality and accountability in service delivery.

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference (DOC 50 KB)


Membership comprises representatives from the following organisations
Organisation Member
Department of Veterans' Affairs - Chair Major General Mark Kelly AO DSC, Repatriation Commissioner
Director, Veteran Engagement, Department of Defence Colonel James Burns
Air Force Association  Squadron Leader Dee Cherry
Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans' Association Mr Jason Donoghue
Australian Special Air Service Association Mr John Newton
Australian Veterans Alliance Mr Bradley Campbell
Defence Families Australia Ms Kelly Brown
Defence Force Welfare Association Lieutenant Natalie Huntsman
Legacy Australia Inc. Ms Barbara Boyer
Mate4Mates Mr Troy Watson
Modern Soldier Ms Talissa Papamau
Naval Association of Australia Commander Mark Fullick RANR
Returned and Services League of Australia Mr James Dallas
Royal Australian Regiment Association Mr Chris Tilley
Soldier On Mr Mat Jones
The Warrior's Return Mr Scott Harris

Departmental representation will be available as appropriate. The forum has the flexibility to invite additional participants relevant to the areas of focus or specific agenda items (including service specific and non-ESO aligned).

Meeting schedule

The YVF meets in person three times per year. The meetings are chaired by Major General Mark Kelly AO DSC, the Repatriation Commissioner.

Meeting minutes

Meeting minutes of each YVF meeting are available via the following links:


To contact the Secretariat of the YVF, email

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