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.


276 Update - October 2012
Major Sponsorship of DFWA - The ‘Good News’ Continues - Outsourcing ADF Medical Care to Medibank Health Solutions - Fair Go Campaign – ‘Matter of Public Importance’ Debate - Defence Widows Support Group (DWSG)
275 Update - September 2012
Re-Instatement of Travel Entitlements - Review of Salary Related Allowances – DFWA Final Submission - Fair Go Campaign – Operation AWARE 3; Notice of Motion in the House - Defence Workforce Participation Summit 2012 - Defence Widows Support Group (DWSG) – ACT Annual Lunch
274 Update - August 2012
Operation AWARE 2 – For a Fair Go - ‘Hang Out with the Prime Minister’ On-Line Forum - Budget Cuts – Removal of Travel Entitlements - An Essential Medical Equipment Payment - Camaraderie Magazine
273 Update - July 2012
CPI – The Unfairness of Using It - CPI Protest - Budget Cuts – Removal of Travel Entitlements - The Prime Minister says: Post and vote on OurSay! - Research Study – Anger Management
272 Update - June 2012
Military Superannuation - ADF Workplace Remuneration Arrangement 2011-2014 - Release of Service Records - Jet Fuel Exposure - Military Court of Australia - Unfair Balance of Legal Resources at the Administrative Appeals tribunal - Application Fee for Submissions to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
271 Update - May 2012
Fair Go Campaign - Operation AWARE - Notice of Motion Initiative: Military Superannuation - Summary: Media Activities - DFWA Position: DECA/WRA