Welcome to DFWA

Welcome to the
Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA)

OUR PURPOSE

We exist simply to foster the best interests and wellbeing of all members of the Australian Defence Force and their families in any matter likely to affect them during or after their period of service.

Read more about us at ABOUT / BACKGROUND

We are also a member of the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO), which comprises many of Australia's major military ex service organisations (ESO). The Alliance represents a significant number of members of Australia's Defence Family on national advocacy and representative matters to the Australian Parliament and all political parties. Its aim is to promote and protect the conditions and well-being of the Defence Family that embraces over three million people.

CURRENT NEWS

as a CURRENT NEWS item becomes stale, it is transferred either to "ARCHIVED CURRENT NEWS" or into one of the CURRENT ISSUES (see list at left of page)  

15 February 2019 - UPDATE ON THE AUSTRALIAN VETERANS’ RECOGNITION (PUTTING VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES FIRST) BILL 2019. Our enthusiasm outlined below (14 February post) has been subdued.  We are now advised that the Senate is calling for submissions into an inquiry into the Bill, for report by 22 March 2019.  Written submissions are requested by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee by 6 March 2019. So .. watch this space !

14 February 2019 - AUSTRALIAN VETERANS’ RECOGNITION (PUTTING VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES FIRST) BILL 2019.  Our longstanding campaign to introduce a Military Covenant will soon bear fruit with the introduction of legislation into Parliament of the abovenamed Bill.  Read more at MILITARY COVENANT under CURRENT ISSUES at the left of this page.

31 January 2019:  AGED CARE INQUIRY TO HEAR WAR WIDOWS OVERCHARGED FOR NURSING HOME FEES.  The War Widows Guild says compensation payment pension should not be treated as assessable income !  Read the full article at: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jan/30/aged-care-inquiry-to-hear-war-widows-overcharged-for-nursing-home-fees

25 January 2019 - EX-SERVICE ORGANISATIONS MEETING TO CONSIDER THE PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION DRAFT REPORT.  The members of the Ex-Service Organisations Round Table (ESORT) recently met in Canberra to review the Draft Report and seek to develop a ‘one voice’ response.  A summary of that meeting by the DFWA National President is here

18 January 2019 - THE DRAFT PRODUCTIVITIY COMMISSION REPORT.  The release of the DRAFT Productivity Commission Report, Inquiry into Compensation and Rehabilitation for Veterans, in December 2018 caused a flurry of activity among many ESOs, particularly as the call was for responses to the draft by 11 February 2019. On request, an extension was approved to 28 February 2019, the date driven mainly because the Commission was scheduled to hand its final report to the Government by June 2019.  Considerable email traffic continued over Christmas and New Year. It became evident that many individuals, and some ESO leaders, were focussed on the detail in the Report rather than taking a strategic view to the once in a life time opportunity we, the veteran community, had to reset DVA for the future benefit of the broad veteran community.

A meeting of major ESOs and DVA was held on Tuesday 15 January 2019 in the DVA offices in Canberra, where a broad concensus of views was achieved.  A DFWA Media Release has been issued and the DFWA will put in a response to the Draft Report by the nominated date.

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