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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Past Newsletter Editions
On 25 July 2022, Treasury called for submissions on the draft exposure of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Measures for a later sitting) Bill 2022: Taxation of Military Superannuation Benefits. DFWA made a submission, which you can download or view, below. You can view all of the submissions made to Treasury here. To summarise DFWA’s submission: The provisions in the Schedule go beyond what is necessary to ensure “no veteran pays higher income tax because of … …
On 25 October 2022, the Treasurer handed down the 2022-23 Final Budget Measures.
Here is a summary of the key veteran related measures.
In this edition: Royal Commission Interim Report • Veteran Superannuation Invalidity Benefit Taxation • Defence Community Dogs Assistance Program • Mixing up Date of Onset and Date of Diagnosis – The Boys Case Update • Royal Commission Hearings
Now is not the time to introduce legislation which entrenches different treatment and leaves some disabled veterans paying more tax on their invalidity benefits than others. The draft Treasury Laws Amendment Bill 2022: Taxation of Military Superannuation Benefits embeds different tax treatment regimes for veterans depending on when they started receiving payments and the scheme.
In this edition: Non-Liability Health Care for Reservists • Federal Election • CPI Indexation • Book Giveaway • Draft Legislation – Veteran Superannuation Invalidity Benefit Taxation • Census Data • Latest Camaraderie • Exploring the Concept of the Veteran as a Sovereign Asset • Royal Commission Update
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