On 26 August 2021, the Senate referred the Defence Legislation Amendment (Discipline Reform) Bill 2020 to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 14 October 2021. The Committee invited DFWA to make a written submission regarding the provisions of the bill.
On 12 August 2021, the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon. Andrew Gee MP, announced significant changes to the DFDA, through the Defence Legislation Amendment (Discipline Reform) Bill 2021.
In this edition: Senate Inquiry into Accuracy of Information Provided to DFRDB Members • Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide • Capability of the Australian Public Service – Senate Hearings • Afghanistan Inquiry Reform Plan • New Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel • Latest Camaraderie
Camaraderie Vol 52, No 2 available to view or download online.
The Commonwealth Attorney-General called for public submissions to inform the Terms of Reference of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide. DFWA made a submission as part of the public consultation process.
CSC briefed the DFWA National Executive meeting via teleconference on the 17th of May, regarding the administration of post-September 2007 DFRDB and Military Super invalidity benefits, following the Federal Court decision in Commissioner of Taxation v Douglas.
The Senate Standing Committees on Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade are conducting an inquiry into the accuracy of information provided to Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB) members. DFWA made a submission to the review. View or download the submission, below.
ATO have provided more detail on the streamlined process to amend past tax assessments for those affected by the DFRDB and MSBS invalidity benefits taxation cases.
The Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA) congratulates the Prime Minister on his decision to establish a Royal Commission into veteran suicide. It welcomed the Government’s recognition of not only the depth of feeling within the veteran community regarding such tragedies but also by all sides of politics within the confines of both Houses of the Parliament.
Dear DFWA members and supporters, You will be aware of the continuing call for a Royal Commission into veteran suicide. This goes back several years,…