Veteran Wellbeing Centres

Last updated: 
5 December 2019

What is wellbeing?

Simply put, wellbeing describes how you feel about yourself and your life. Wellbeing is both subjective and objective and includes a complex combination of biological, lifestyle, socioeconomic, societal and environmental factors, which can be influenced by health care, welfare support and other interventions (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2018).

DVA has introduced a Veteran Wellbeing Model to help guide our understanding of the life factors that matter most to veterans and their families

Where will the Veteran Wellbeing Centres be located?

The six Veteran Wellbeing Centres will be located in Townsville, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Wodonga and Nowra.

How will the funding be used?

Each Centre will receive $5 million over three years for:

  • Capital works projects to construct new buildings or redevelop or enhance existing buildings
  • The provision of space for community partners, ESOs and DVA
  • Facilitating the provision of comprehensive, affordable and high quality wellbeing services for veterans and their families. This could include some operational costs if required.

Who can access the Veteran Wellbeing Centres and their services?

Current and former serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, including reservists, and their families can access the Centres and the services that they offer.

What services will be provided?

Each centre will provide services and support that are based on local needs and opportunities. These services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Transition and employment support,
  • ESO advocacy services and social connectedness,
  • Physical and mental health services, and
  • Client and community engagement.

Outreach services to the wider community may also be provided subject to the location of the Centre and local need.

Is there a cost to access these services?

The services that operate from the Centres will have their own guidelines and therefore will manage their cost arrangements and any charges.

Ongoing sustainability will be a key consideration.

When will services commence?

Some Centres are already delivering services to veterans and their families. These services will continue, while they undertake community consultation to develop their service model. If a new building or refurbishment of an existing building is required, then full service delivery will commence upon completion.

The six Centres are expected to be operational by 2022.

Will all the Veteran Wellbeing Centres be the same?

No. Each Centre will ensure that the services and support delivered in their location are based on local need and opportunity. This will be determined through consultation with veterans, their families and the community. Ongoing evaluation will ensure responsiveness to local needs and priorities.

The Veteran Wellbeing Centre Grant Opportunity Guidelines can be found here.

For more information, please email veteranswellbeingcentres [at] dva.gov.au