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.


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)  

19 March 2019 - NEW REPATRIATION COMMISSIONER  DFWA President Mr. Kel Ryan and all members of DFWA congratulate Mr. Don Spinks AM for his appointment as the Repatriation Commissioner. For the first time, a former Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army has been appointed as the new Repatriation Commissioner with outgoing Commissioner Major General Mark Kelly AO, DSC completing his appointment on 30 June this year.  A great honour for a man who has proved himself as a warrior and a soldier over many years. This is a timely appointment with the DVA and the Repatriation Commission going through a period of change that will impact on the Australian veteran community well into the future. The DVA media release providing further information can be found here: http://distribution.medianet.com.au/Download/Document?j=913092&s=2&k=9118874

14 March 2019 - DRAFT PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION REPORT.   DFWA Submission and the ADSO Submission March 2019 are now available.

13 March 2019 - COVENANT UPDATE. The Senate’s FADT Committee is inquiring into the Australian Veterans’ Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Bill 2019. The title is arguably a misnomer since the crux of the Bill is to rightfully recognise the unique nature of military service, and to deliver that concept via legislating our long-sought-after Australian (Military) Covenant.The Committee called for Submissions, barely giving two weeks to do so, on the basis that it needed to table its report by Friday 22 March 2019. As an Association, we have campaigned for a Military Covenant for over 10 years. The essence of our Submission is an amalgam of all that has been said before about our support for the concept.  A copy of our Submission to the FADT Committee is available at Current Issues / Military Covenant.  We have also been advised that that the FADT Committee will be in session to inquire into the Covenant Bill on Monday 18 March. Also note that there are two more Parliamentary sitting weeks before the expected election mid May. Both the House and the Senate sit in the weeks 1 - 4 April and again 15 - 18 April. Whether the Bill is passed in this Parliament or the next, remains to be seen.

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 !

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