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An Independent Voice

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:

  • ADF Pay and Conditions of Service
  • Rehabilitation of Injured Veterans
  • Compensation for Service Injuries
  • Retirement and Superannuation
  • Improving Service Delivery
  • Veteran Recognition

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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    Latest Updates

    Election 2022: How The Parties Compare

    DFWA asked every party registered for the 2022 Federal Election whether they support our policy objectives. We also reviewed every party’s veteran and defence personnel related polices. Check out the scorecard and details on every party.

    The Boys Case – Date of Clinical Onset Gone Wrong!

    A March 2022 decision of the Federal Court – Boys v Repatriation Commission – found that the date of clinical onset of cervical spondylosis was the date the veteran had the x-ray that was used to diagnose the illness. This is contrary to DVA policy and existing law regarding clinical onset and diagnosis. Why did it go wrong?

    ComSuper To Finally Implement Douglas Decision

    On 12 April 2022, the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC) announced that it would follow the law and implement the tax changes following the 2020 Federal Court Douglas decision. The changes will be implemented for the 19 May 2022 pay-day.