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.


258 Update - March 2011
Governments' Position continues to Confuse - Increased funding to the AWM - The Fair Indexation Bill - Meeting with Department of Finance - Defence Community Forum
257 Update - February 2011
The Fair Indexation Bill - Living Cost Increases Outpace inflation - Senate Questions on Notice - Review of DFA Funded Support - Minister's Response - Release of Service Records - Our thanks to the ADF
256 Update - December 2010
Alliance of Defence Service Organisations - Senate put on Notice - Defence Compensation Woes - Defence Reserves
255 Update - October 2010
Charging of members of Special Operartions Task Force
254 Update - September 2010
Government and Opposition put on Notice - Misleading Figures (Indexation) - Wounded Diggers - Chaplaincy in ADF Operations
253 Update - August 2010