DFWA advocates for policies, not politicians nor political parties.
DFWA asked each political Party registered to contest the 2022 Federal Election seven questions, based on the policy objective priorities identified as part of our member and community consultation process over the last year. Those questions were:
- Will your Party support measures to clear the 60k+ military compensation claims backlog?
- Will your Party support measures that would make DVA provide clearer and more transparent reasons for decisions to veterans?
- Will your Party support measures to fix the fees paid to healthcare providers by DVA, so that veterans are not relying on charity or goodwill of providers?
- Will your Party support measures to improve veteran hearing services, so that the veterans’ wellbeing needs are met?
- Will your Party support the extension of the Defence Force Retirement Benefits Fair Indexation provisions to all Defence Force superannuation scheme pensions?
- Will your Party rectify the financial penalties caused by the application of out-dated life tables in the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefit Scheme?
- Will your Party support changes to the Australian Veterans’ Recognition Act to acknowledge Defence members, veterans, and their families should not be disadvantaged relative to any other section of the community?
DFWA received responses from eight parties, and have scored those parties (and the Coalition, which did not respond). Our scores are based only on the issues identified. Parties may have other policies (e.g. veteran hubs, employment etc) which we have included beneath.
Scores were assessed according to the following criteria:
- If the party gave unqualified support – scored as “supports objective”
- If the party gave support with caveat – scored as “partial support”
- If the party detailed a policy that purports to supports the objective, we rated their policy
- If the party was neutral or does not have a position on our objective – scored as “neutral / no policy”
Reviewing Every Party
DFWA also reviewed the publicly available policy objectives for every party. The veteran and defence personnel specific policies have been extracted as well as policies that have an indirect effect on veterans, such as Medicare and Pensions (both linked via DVA). You can find out about each party below.
For quick reference: parties marked with means that DFWA received a response from the party; means the party has specific veteran or defence personnel related policies. Most parties have policies that indirectly touch on veteran issues.
Click on each party to find out more: