The Defence Force Welfare Association is an independent voice for Australian Defence Force members, veterans, and their families.
We advocate to government on matters affecting the welfare of this group of Australians, including:
You can read more about our major policy objectives, here.
The Defence Force Welfare Association is funded by branch membership fees and donations.
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The Government is seeking comments on the draft Veterans’ Entitlements, Treatment and Support (Simplification and Harmonisation) Bill 2024 that, if passed by Parliament, would implement a new model of veterans’ compensation. The Bill seeks to implement the single Act model proposed in the Veterans’ Legislation Reform Consultation Pathway, shaped by the feedback provided by the veteran community in 2023. The core elements of the model are: Single act – an improved Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act…
On 12 February 2024, Alison Frame, Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement: The Department is aware that the withdrawal of Defence and Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Human Research Ethics Committee approval on Monday, 5 February 2024 has increased concerns in the veteran community regarding the Veterans’ MATES Program (MATES), particularly in relation to the sharing of data. MATES has sought to support veterans and their families to manage their…