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.


246 Update - December 2009
Meeting with Minister Tanner - Responses from members of parliament - Release of the ESOs Major Issues Paper - Veterans who Reside Overseas - Correct Reference to Casualties - ADF Families Survey
245 Update - November 2009
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commision - Indexation: meeting with Minister Tanner - DVA Advocacy Review - Unique Nature of Military Service
244 Update - October 2009
Response to Matthews - ADF Deaths on Operational Service
243 Update - September 2009
Military Justice Dilemma - Phase 2 Living In Accommodation Project - Military Superannuation
242 Update - August 2009
Defence Budget Blowout - Let's make sure that proposed solutions don't impact negatively on Defence families ! - The Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission: Where's the balance ? - VIP Visits to Operational Areas - The Unique Nature of Military Service
241 Update - July 2009
Review of Military Compensation Arrangements - Superannuation Pension - the Frustration Grows! - Forum: The ADF in Society - Meeting with DFWA Patron