Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs
On this page
- Further expansion of the Veterans’ and Families’ Hub network
- Consultation for the network expansion
- Network expansion to Southeast Queensland and Tasmania
- Role of Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs
- Existing Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs
- Accessing Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs
- Services provided
- Grant Opportunity Guidelines
- Hub regional differences
- Tasmanian feasibility study
- ACT feasibility study
- More information
Further expansion of the Veterans’ and Families’ Hub network
In the 25 October 2022 Budget, the Australian Government invested $46.7 million for eight new Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs across the country. The commitment include the continuation of work underway to establish hubs in Southeast Queensland and Tasmania.
The eight new hubs will be established in the following locations:
- Hawkesbury region, New South Wales;
- Hunter region, New South Wales;
- Tweed/North Coast region, New South Wales;
- Queanbeyan, New South Wales;
- Ipswich, Queensland;
- Northern Adelaide, South Australia;
- Southwest Perth, Western Australia; and
- Surf Coast/Geelong region, Victoria.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has been working closely with key stakeholders in each of the new locations to determine the most suitable organisations to lead the establishment and ongoing operations of the hubs. Completion of the new hubs is expected by mid-2026, with services to veterans and families likely to be provided before this time.
As the network develops, it presents an opportunity to improve the coordination and delivery of integrated support to veterans and families through government, business and community partnerships.
Funding under this program will be provided via grant processes administered by DVA.
Please see more information below regarding the Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs program.
For further queries please email: veteransandfamilieshubs [at] dva.gov.auBack to top
Consultation for the network expansion
Initial online consultation sessions for the expansion of the Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs program were conducted in November and December 2022, for each of the new hub locations. These sessions were focused on briefing ex-service organisations, veteran and family service providers and other interested parties, on the intent of the Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs program, what has occurred to date and the approach to the program expansion.
Additional detailed online sessions were held through February and March 2023, which involved further discussion with organisations which may seek grant funding under the program, form part of a consortium, or wish to be part of the service model in a new hub once established.
Local consultation with veterans and families is expected to be undertaken by the organisations chosen to lead the establishment and operation of the hubs. This will assist in developing a service model with a range of services and supports that meet the needs of local veterans and families in each location.
If you would like further information on the Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs program, please email the team at: veteransandfamilieshubs [at] dva.gov.auBack to top
In 2019, $30 million was committed to develop a network of six Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs (formerly known as Veteran Wellbeing Centres) across Australia, in partnership with ex-service organisations and state and territory governments. The hubs deliver integrated support to veterans and families and offer a one-stop shop for local veteran services, including wellbeing support, advocacy, employment and housing advice, social connection and physical and mental health services.
The hubs are open to all current and former serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, including reservists and their families.
Hubs have now been established in Perth, Townsville, Adelaide, Wodonga, Nowra and Darwin.
The Department has been working closely with the lead organisations in each location to maximise benefits for local veterans and families.Back to top
Network expansion to Southeast Queensland and Tasmania
As part of the 2021–22 Federal Budget, funding was provided to expand the network into Tasmania and Southeast Queensland. This work will continue as part of the Government’s recently announced investment for 10 additional Veterans’ and Families’ hubs across Australia.
DVA has been working closely with lead organisations to establish the hubs in Southeast Queensland and Tasmania, which are expected to be fully operational by mid-2024 and mid-2025 respectively.
On 23 December 2021, an additional commitment of $2.5 million was announced to further facilitate the provision of wellbeing services and support to veterans and families in Tasmania.
On 16 January 2023 the North West Tasmanian Veteran Welfare Board was awarded a $2.2 million grant to establish a hub in Burnie, Tasmania. On 17 January 2023, Lives Lived Well was awarded a $5 million grant to establish a hub in Caboolture, Southeast Queensland.Back to top
Role of Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs
Wellbeing describes how you feel about yourself and your life. It includes a complex combination of biological, lifestyle, socioeconomic, societal and environmental factors. Access to health care, welfare support and other interventions can greatly affect an individual’s sense of wellbeing (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2018).
The hubs provide a space for veterans’ services and advocacy organisations to co-exist and provide integrated support to current and ex-service personnel and families. Both the existing and future hubs offer a one-stop shop for local veteran services, which may include health and mental health services, wellbeing support, advocacy, employment and housing advice, and social connection. Lead organisations in each location will either provide, or facilitate access to these services, integrating support to veterans and families in partnership with ex‑service organisations, community and other organisations and state and territory governments.Back to top
Existing Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs
ANZAC House Veteran Central
Veteran Wellbeing Centre
The Oasis Townsville
Nowra Veteran Wellbeing Centre
Veterans and Families Hub
Phone: 03 9655 5597
Accessing Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs
The hubs and their services are available to all current and former serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and reservists, and families.
The organisations that operate the hubs have unique operational and service models based on local needs and will determine their own cost arrangements and charges (if any) to veterans and families. Whilst some services may be free of charge, services facilitated via the hubs to another service provider may have their own fee structures.Back to top
Each hub will provide services and support based on local needs and opportunities. These services may include, but are not limited to:
- Transition and employment support
- ESO advocacy services
- Housing and social connectedness
- Mental and physical health services
- Community engagement
Grant Opportunity Guidelines
The new Grant Opportunity Guidelines effective 28 October 2022, provide further details about the grants program and the aims and objectives of the Veterans’ and Families’ Hub network. These Guidelines are updated from time to time to reflect changes in the program.
The Grant Opportunity Guidelines effective 15 October 2021, apply to formal applications for grant funding under this program, submitted prior to 28 October 2022.Back to top
Hub regional differences
The lead organisations of each hub will consult with veterans, families and the local community to align services and support with local needs and opportunities. They will also undertake reviews and evaluations to ensure the hub remains responsive to changes in local needs and priorities.Back to top
Tasmanian feasibility study
In September 2020, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Tasmanian Government engaged the University of Tasmania (UTAS), to undertake a joint feasibility study into a veteran support service for the state.
The Tasmanian Veterans Needs Assessment and Wellbeing Support Service Feasibility Study is available to download.
The feasibility study highlighted the need for localised veteran support services to cater for a dispersed veteran community across Tasmania.
Community consultation was a critical component of the study and informed the decision making about the most effective model for the delivery of veteran and family wellbeing services in Tasmania.
For more information about the expansion of the network into Tasmania please go to the dedicated Tasmania page.Back to top
ACT feasibility study
The ACT Government and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs undertook a joint feasibility study into how to best support the wellbeing of ACT veterans and families and will jointly consider a way forward.Back to top
For more information about the Veterans’ and Families’ Hub Program, please email veteransandfamilieshubs [at] dva.gov.auBack to top