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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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)

13 October 2019 - Monthly Newsletter. The October issue of the DFWA National E-News is available here. If you haven't subscribed to the newsletter, you can do so here.

19 September 2019 - Letter to Jim Hislop of the Australian Defence Force Retirees Association. Kel Ryan wrote a letter to Jim Hislop to respond to some concerns raised in the ADFRA September update.

11 September 2019 – Surviving Recent Friendly Fire. Kel Ryan makes some comments about recent social media attacks on the DVA, the ESORT and the ADSO. Read here.

2 September 2019 – Response to the Productivity Commissioner's Final Report. Read the DFWA response to Productivity Commissioner's final report of the inquiry into the System of Compensation and Rehabilitation for Veterans here.

2 September 2019 -Ombudsman’s Update on DFRDB Inquiry.  The Commonwealth Ombubsman has released an update of progress on its investigation.  It can be accessed on its website.

8 August 2019 - DFWA PATRONAGE.  The Governor General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) has agreed to be the patron of the Association.  In addition, Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley has agreed to be Patron of the ACT Defence Widows Group.

2 August 2019 - MEDIA RELEASE. DVA - Need for a constructive dialogue, not ill-considered and inaccurate criticism. Available here.

5 July 2019 - PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION REPORT INTO DVA.  The Productivity Commission Report has been released and details are available on the DFWA page here.

24 June 2019 - URGENT NOTICE TO VETERANS RECEIVING CLASS A/B INVALIDITY BENEFITS.  Many of you are aware of the Veteran appeals at the AAT against the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) decisions regarding taxation of DFRDB and MSBS Class A and B Invalidity Benefits. . Areas being appealed include the following:

  1. Taxation of Lump Sum Back Payments of Invalidity Benefits.
  2. Taxation of Invalidity Benefits as a Pension..

If the veterans’ appeals are successful at the AAT, it may mean that other veterans can appeal against their past assessments and obtain a refund.Read the full DFWA advice to you here.

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