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.


270 Update - April 2012
New Executive Director - Fair Go Campaign update
269 Update - March 2012
Proof that the Government's financial data can't be trusted - Wayne Swan speaks at the National Press Club - Defence Training package endorsed
268 Update - February 2012
Government Spending Priorities - Has Labor Changed Tack ? - Veterans' Children Education Scheme - Application Fees to AAT
267 Update - December 2011
DFWA Policy Priorities - Non-custodial Defence Parents - Did we hear right Mr Shorten ? - Comsuper gets it right and gets it wrong ! - ..... and so does the Treasurer !! - New Workplace Health and Safety Regulations
266 Update - November 2011
Workplace Remuneration Agreement - Stories of Defence Domestic Life - MPs Statements welcome - but where's the action ? - Fair Indexation Facts - Who do you believe ? - Input to the Tax Summit - Grants for the Commando Trust Fund
265 Update - October 2011
Workplace Remuneration Arrangement - Do the Greens Support the ADF or Not ? - Government Dragging the Chain