Welcome to DFWA

Welcome to the
Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA)


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.


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14 December 2018  - DRAFT REPORT INTO VETERANS SUPPORT.  The Productivity Commission has published its draft report into the administration of veterans support. Attached are copies of the report overview and the complete draft report

Preconceived notions should not hold sway when we all agree that the, “veteran compensation and rehabilitation system is not fit for purpose; it requires fundamental reform; is out of date and is not working in the best interests of veterans and their families’.  We note that it is a DRAFT paper. The Draft Recommendations paper runs for 73 pages and contains some 50 recommendations; the Draft Report runs for over 700 pages. This latter document contains much background that reflects the input from ESOs and individuals from across the Defence Community.  There is a call for further comment, with written submissions on the draft report required by 11 February 2019, and with public hearings in February across the country and a final report to government in June 2019.

The DFWA Media Release is here.

23 November 2018 - ADVOCACY FORUM.  The DFWA recently conducted an Open Forum in Melbourne. The theme was, “Effective Advocacy and the Australian Defence Community”. Attendees were a cross-section of leaders of veteran’s organisations, individual veterans, and others interested in the future of veteran advocacy. It was well attended and well received.  It was agreed that the veteran organisations (ESOs) are now operating in a changing environment. To be effective and to represent the evolving mix of veterans and their presented issues demands a singular focus on relevance rather than relying on the comfort of history and past practices. If they are to remain organisations of consequence ESOs must be prepared to adapt and focus on the future. This is a challenge many are fearful of contemplating.

See the Forum’s presentations at: https://sites.google.com/dfwaq.org/open-forum-ringwood-nov-18

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