Things We Do

Many policy issues that the DFWA becomes involved with originate without warning, from Government initiatives or from external events. Our current Purpose and Policy provides further information. Current ongoing issues are listed on top left panel on the Home page.

Within these policy areas, the Association makes representations to the Federal Government and Opposition, the Service Chiefs, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, ComSuper, Compensation Authorities and various other agencies.  In this regard the Association actively defends the rights and interests of serving and former defence personnel.

The provision of advocacy services to ensure serving or former defence personnel achieve their maximum entitlements in respect of compensation, retirement or superannuation is an important Association task, and many seek our assistance for which there is no charge.  All our advocates are trained and accredited by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and provide their services voluntarily. 

  • If you require advocacy services (eg claims on the DVA) contact your local Branch or the National Office.

The Association has established Defence Widows Groups in the ACT and Western Australia that provide support and services to defence widows with whom we have been able to establish contact. See relating documents at About / Bereavement Services.


DFWA representatives attend Defence Transition Seminars wherever possible. Defence Transition Support Services assist ADF members and their families during the separation process.