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.


240 Update - June 2009
"Domicile of Choice" - Amalgamation of the ComSuper Board - The Budget - the Good and the Bad - MSBS MBLs - Statements of Principles for Gulf War Syndrome - ADF Medical Records - The Unique Nature of Military Service
239 Update - May 2009
New Directions for Health ...Oh Really? - Military Superannuants - Let Down Again! ... Oh, and Also Another Inquiry - Partner Service Pensions - The Association's AGM and 50th Anniversary - National Artillery Museum: Why Move? - New Veterans' Mates Website - Reclassification of Defence Co-operation Program Service in East Timor
238 Update - April 2009
Support Arrangements At HQ Joint Operations Command - Full Federal Court Decision - Military Rehabilitation And Compensation Commission - Proposed Changes to Commonwealth Seniors Health Card - The F-111 Deseal-Reseal Inquiry - SAS Pay Issue - Reclassification of Defence Co-Operation Program Service in East Timor
237 Update - March 2009
Amalgamation of all the public service and military superannuation boards - ... - Superannuation indexation and the Stimulus package
236 Update - February 2009
ADF Healthcare Trial - the Hidden Tax Slug! - MSBS MBLs - Fair Indexation for ADF Military Retirement Payments - Gulf War Syndrome - British Nuclear Tests in Australia
235 Update - December 2008
Taxation Treatment of Military Schemes - Solomon Islands Health Study - Proposed Budget Initiatives - Only 44 Years For Reason To Prevail - HMAS Voyager Claims