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 14 May 2021, the Government provided an update on its response to the Productivity Commission Report, A Better Way to Support Veterans.
The Government will finalise any outstanding matters from the Productivity Commission report at the completion of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.
In this edition: Review of Medallic Recognition for RCB • Royal Commission Update • The Douglas Case and Invalidity Benefit Taxation • Federal Election 2022 • The Boys Case
DFWA asked each Party registered for the 2022 Federal Election whether it supported the policy objectives of the DFWA. The DFWA reviewed each Party’s veteran and defence personnel related policies. Check out the scorecard and details of each Party.
The Greens have a suite of policies that specifically affect veterans and have existing veteran policy positions which the Greens have advised remain current.
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?