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.


264 Update - September 2011
Professional Workplace Relations Advocate - Prosecutions Dropped - MilitarySuper Losses - Prime Ministers' Response - Veterans' Entitlements Amendment Bill 2011 - Retired Military Officers, Come Out to Support Fair Go !
263 Update - August 2011
Workplace Remuneration Arrangement 2011 - TV Star supports the Fair Indexation Campaign
262 Update - July 2011
A Serviceman and Womens Right to Privacy - Who Cares ? - Meeting with Departmental Officials
261 Update - June 2011
Senate turns its back on the ADT - Defence families of Australia Survey - Operational Allowances - ADF Workplace Renumeration Arrangement - Farewell CDF and Service Chiefs
260 Update - May 2011
Mr Tanner called to account - Defence Submission misses the point - Greens On Notice ! - Dept of Finance Claims a Respective Upgradel - Budget Disappoints
259 Update - April 2011
The ADFA Incident - Military Court of Australia - Senate Inquiry - Fair Indexation Bill - Minister Wong offers Tacit Support