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25 July 2018 - DFWA MEDIA STATEMENT REGARDING RESIGNATION OF RSL NATIONAL PRESIDENT.  With more than just passing dismay the veterans’ community discovered last week that RSL National National President, Robert Dick, had resigned. While acknowledging that, due to now well-documented governance failings that had attracted the attention of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, a new path for the 100-year veterans organisation was arguably long overdue, the DFWA is nonetheless disappointed that Robert will not be part of the leadership group guiding the organisation into a new era of its existence. Robert had displayed a long-standing strong commitment to the future growth of the RSL as an organization dedicated to the welfare of veterans and serving ADF members alike, including their families. He had shown a willingness to closely cooperate and work with the 18-strong Alliance of Defence Services Organisations (ADSO) and other national bodies such as Legacy Australia to project a unified voice to Government. He willingly accepted the Government's challenge for the veterans’ community to ‘speak with one voice’.

DFWA wishes to publicly express its gratitude to Robert Dick for bringing in a refreshing new era of cooperation by RSL National with other veterans associations that had been absent from its leaders of the recent past. The DFWA has issued a Media Release on this matter.

28 June 2018 - HIGHER DFRDB SUPERANNUATION PENSION INCREASE.  DFWA advises that the latest DFRDB superannuation pension increase to take effect 5 July 2018, for those aged over 55, is 1.5%. This compares to the CPI rate of just 1.1% and which will be applied to other Government superannuation schemes such as PSS etc. This is a direct result of the campaign waged by DFWA over many years and which in 2014 saw the Government agree to applying the higher of CPI or wages growth to those DFRDB recipients aged over 55. The battle continues to extend this arrangement to ALL military superannuation schemes and without the age restriction.  See INDEXATION at CURRENT ISSUES at the left of this 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.

11 February 2018 - COMMENT RE SENATOR JIM MOLAN. The anger across the Australian Defence Community, and the public generally, at the Greens ‘coward’ slight aimed at now Senator Major General Jim Molan, AO, DSC (Retd) is palpable. The DFWA has issued a media statement here

3 February 2018 - GENERAL MONASH CAMPAIGN.  DFWA members may know of a strong push for General Sir John Monash's posthumous promotion to Field Marshal. Led by former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer AC, the proposal is supported by many individuals across the military world as well as by other Australians who see an injustice because Monash did not receive adequate Australian recognition despite his many honours from Britain, France, Belgium and the United States.  The Saluting Monash Councilrecently asked for DFWA's endorsement of its proposal. While it is beyond DFWA's remit to have a corporate view on matters of this nature, many DFWA members may have a personal view.  You can see more at www.salutingmonash.org.au.

2 December 2017 - ADVOCACY IN A VORTEX.  Today, the number and purpose of the nation’s ex-service organisations (ESOs) is a vortex of confusion and questionable benefit to the broad Australian Defence Community (ADC).Contrast this position with the period after the major wars of the last century when it was the RSL, the TPI Federation and the War Widows Guild that advocated to government on behalf of the ADC. Advocacy was a singular issue during a time when many politicians and bureaucrats had military experience. Such is no longer the case.  Read the full article penned by DFWA National President here.

November 2017 - QUEENSLAND STATE ELECTION - Summary of Parties’ Positions on Issues Affecting Former and Current ADF Members and Their Families.

DFWA contacted the ALP, LNP, Greens, One Nation and Katter Parties and sought their position on veteran issues which fall under the remit of the State and  that had been raised through the Qld Veterans Advisory Council, or by DFWA,  other ESO and community groups. All parties responded except the Katter Party. Actual Party responses are here. The Summary Status Report (current as of 18 Nov 2017)  is here

DFWA is apolitical and non-partisan and offers no recommendation regarding voting nor any indication on the value of the political party pledges and undertakings. Without going into a “how to suck eggs” discussion, it is suggested that views of Independents, candidates from other parties not included in the Summary, and of candidates from the above parties in your own electorate,  should be sought to help make your own decision. Questioning party workers and candidates can only increase the influence of the Defence Community now and in future State and Federal elections.

DFWA (Qld) is grateful that the political parties now recognise the value of former and serving ADF members and their families sufficient to respond to the DFWA request. In the past there has been no interest in veteran family issues at State elections.

5 November 2017: PROPOSED EX-ADF COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES HUB.  DFWA strongly supports the proposal to establish the Ex-ADF Community Support Services Hub in Townsville, known in the ESO community as 'The Oasis Townsville'. The proposal originated from the collaboration of all ESOs in Townsivlle. These ESOs  have been working with Townsville City Council, Queensland State Government and the local business community to centralise the referral for services of the various ESOs into a single facility. This Oasis gives ex-ADF members and their families one place to go to find answers and identify disparate and specialised services provided by ESOs that are spread throughout Townsiville. The ESO assessment of the need has been reinforced strongly by the findings of the Federal Minister for Health trial being conducted in Townsville to support the prevention of suicide in the ex-ADF community. Townsville is one of 12 National Suicide Prevention Trial sites around Australia, and the only one dealing with the ex-ADF community. The Townsville project is known as Operation Compass. The Oasis Townsville is the single biggest issue for the ex-ADF community in Townsville and has had the effect of banding ESOs, the Townsville community and veterans of all generations together very strongly to find a solution to simplifying effective access to services for ex-ADF members and their families.  Read more about the proposal here.

17 October 2017 - HANSARD – QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE – VETERANS  In the House of Representatives Questions without Notice, Independent Senator Andrew Wilkie (TAS) asked the Prime Minister this question:  Mr WILKIE (Denison) (14:18): "My question is to the Prime Minister. Prime Minister, the TPI Federation has written to you repeatedly, seeking a resolution to the dreadful situation where about 28,000 totally and permanently incapacitated veterans have seen their economic loss compensation fall to just 65 per cent of the minimum wage. Prime Minister, given the gravity of this issue, and the Parliamentary Budget Office's validation of the independent analysis supporting the claim by the TPI Federation, will you now take personal responsibility and intervene to facilitate an immediate increase of $176 a week in the economic loss compensation payments to Australia's TPI veterans?" Read the PM's reply here Hansard Reference - page 24:

12 September 2017: ABC RADIO INTERVIEW - PTS FORUM.  Those unlucky enough not to live in Queenslanders may not know but Steve Austin is an ABC Radio 612 4QR Brisbane breakfast broadcaster who is a respected and noted questioner and searching interviewer of his guests. His broadcast on Friday 8 September 2017 from the PTS Forum in Brisbane was of particular interest. He evidently researched the subject exceptionally well and asked searching questions that exposed the facts of PTS on everyone. If you have time, the broadcast is worth a listen here: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/mornings/mornings/8865922

24 August 2017: ESO LEADER QUESTIONS VITRIOLIC NATURE OF RECENT SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS.  The Chair and National President of the RAR Corporation, Michael von Berg MC OAM has made an impassioned plea to cease recent social media comment directed at DVA employees.  The DFWA fully supports his views. Read his comments here.

13 August 2017: DFWA’s LEADERSHIP BATON TO CHANGE HANDS.  The Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA) wishes to announce with sad regret that, after more than 10 years of distinguished and success-laden service as its National President, Colonel David Jamison AM (Retd) has elected to step down from his leadership position with effect Monday 14 August 2017. David can be rightfully proud of his tenure.  A media release is available in our Media area, and a statement from the Minister read to the Senare is here.