Welcome to DFWA

Welcome to the
Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA)

OUR PURPOSE

We exist simply to foster the best interests and welfare 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 issues" or one of the "current issues" on the left side of the home page)

28 March 2018 - ANAO AUDIT INTO DVA EFFICIENCY.  The ADSO submission into the audit is now available. ADSO views this submission as an opportunity to balance deserved criticism of DVA’s past service efficiencies and delivery performances, with comments on, support for and encouragement of initiatives to improve outright its performance into the future.

21 March 2018 - VETERANS TO GET NEW PAYMENT WHILE DVA ASSESSES CLAIMS.  DFWA welcomes the news that Veterans will soon have a new payment to help them cope with mental health issues while they’re waiting for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to assess their claims.  On Thursday the Senate passed the veterans’ affairs reform bill after it secured the support of both the Coalition and Labor.  The new payment will be means-tested and will require veterans to take on training and counselling - including financial counselling for money management. The new payment will also be available to the family of veterans, including those who died by suicide within the last two years.

9 March 2018 - CHANGES TO RAAF OFFICER AVIATION PAY STRUCTUREThe DFRT’s Decision on this matter was recently released. DFWA notes that the DFRT decision states:   "We note the ADF intent that there will be “no detriment to the individual”, so that would mean the transition would stretch out over between four and eight years while we remove each of the individuals from the pre-OAPS systems in a fair and equitable manner.”  DFWA understands that RAAF is going to plug people into the new structure once they reach at least remunerative parity with their existing structure, essentially on a case by case basis over several years.

Whilst the new OAPS structure has been approved by the Tribunal for Air Force (only) we would be interested to hear of any situations where people are disadvantaged.  It will also be interesting to see what Navy and Army do now ! Should any ADF member have any comment, please send an email to vp-cos@dfwa.org.au

19 February 2018 - Defence Housing Chargers.  Recently-released Defence Determination 2018/10 dated 19 Feb 2018 seeks to refund a small overcharge incurred by serving members whom chose to occupy a Service Residence above their rank group eligibility, during 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Please see the Defence Determination for details if you chose to occupy housing above your rank group eligibility.

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