DFWA News & Updates


DFWA National Newsletters are an occassional publication to update members on current DFWA issues.  Read them by clicking below:

- DFWA National Newsletter July 2019



UPDATE was an occassional newsletter produced by the Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA) prior to December 2016, containing items which are of interest to the Service and ex-Service community. It was distributed to politicians, media outlets, senior Service officers and DFWA Branches. Branches distributed UPDATE to Association members and other interested people or organisations.

DFWA Update December 2016

A special Christmas message of goodwill is extended to all. This Update is all about providing a quick review of the past year with its limited visible successes but with an ever growing ability of the DFWA/ADSO team to influence Government decision processes. And for that same team to be the catalyst for greater cooperation among the whole body of ESOs to work more closely together on key issues in a way that has rarely ever been seen before. Arguably, the lack of success can be in no small part attributed to the churn within the ranks of Ministers holding a Defence Personnel or Veterans Affair portfolio. And to the Government’s preoccupation with budget deficits, perhaps a rightful pre-occupation but one that completely disregards the professed statements of numerous Prime Ministers to the effect that ‘…………if as a nation we send you to fight, and when you come back, the nation will look after your welfare and that of your family’. That sentiment, indeed a promise, is hardly one that can be abrogated from one budgetary cycle to the next. 

This Update is also all about re-affirming the objectives for 2017.


282 Update - February 2014
Media Attacks on RAN Personnel – Fair Go Campaign – The Way Ahead
281 Update - November 2013
New Website - Post Election Review Fair Go Campaign - Outsourced Medical Care to the ADF - Taxation of Military Superannuation - Exposure to Toxic Chemicals Aircraft Maintenance
280 Update - August 2013
Election Update - Indexation Issues - Veterans' Disability Pensions - Parties' Proposals
279 Update - March 2013
FAIR GO CAMPAIGN GOES AUSTRALIA-WIDE - Thornlie Senior High School Rally - The Government’s Position on Indexation - Proposed Military Covenant - Outsourcing ADF Medical Care
278 Update - February 2013
Political New Year Starts at a Gallop - FAIR GO CAMPAIGN – THE WAY FORWARD - Outsourcing ADF Medical Care - Defence Widows Support Group (DWSG)
277 Update - November 2012
20 November 2012 - DFWA Holds Its Annual General Meeting - Outsourcing ADF Medical Care - Salary Related Allowance Case 2012 - Fair Go Campaign – Outcomes in Parliament - Military Covenant - Military Court of Australia Bill 2012 - Defence Widows Support Group (DWSG)