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.


252 Update - July 2010
Matthews Report proved to be a falsity - Gulf War Syndrome - Defence Removals - 2010 Election and Indexation - Virtual Membership
251 Update - June 2010
Indexation - The Next Steps - Merger of Superannuation Boards - Closure of Defence Home Ownership Scheme
250 Update - May 2010
Increase in Superannuation Guarantee - Budget response - Strange Statement by the Minister - ADF Rrepresentatives Appoints to the Superannuatiuon Board - MP Pay Grades
249 Update - April 2010
Responses from the Prime Minister and Minister tanner - Indexation - Responses from Members of Parliament - ANZAC Day - Reservists - Amalgamation of Military and Civilian Superannuation Boards
248 Update - March 2010
Awaiting a response from the Prime Minister - Awaiting a response from Minister Tanner - RAN Personnel Vindicated - Senate Committee - Amalgamation of Superannuation Boards
247 Update - February 2010
Accident and Death Insurance for Serving Members - Release of Service records - Military Superannuation: ABC Q&A Program