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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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    Submission to Senate Committee – Military Invalidity Payments Means Testing Legislation

    The Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Military Invalidity Payments Means Testing) Bill 2024 provides some clarity in the way in which DFRDB and MSBS Invalidity Benefits affected by the Douglas case are assessed by Centrelink and DVA for income support purposes. DFWA made a submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee regarding the proposed amendments.

    Government Releases Exposure Draft of New Veterans’ Legislation

    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…


    Gordon Legal Commence Investigation – Possible Class Action

    On 13 February 2024, Gordon Legal which had been following the case for some time issued a Media Release indicating a potential Class Action against DVA and invited DVA cardholder to register interest in participating. Please note, DFWA does not provide legal advice and is not recommending any veteran participate in any investigation or class action. Individuals should consider their options and seek independent legal advice.

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