Welcome to DFWA

Welcome to the
Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA)

OUR PURPOSE

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.

Read the August 2019 National E-News here !

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CURRENT NEWS

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

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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