Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant – Now Legislated

Advice from Liz Cosson.

“Good Afternoon,

I would like to thank you for your ongoing commitment and support to ensuring veterans and their families receive the recognition and respect they deserve for their service and sacrifice to our country.

I am pleased to let you know that the Government’s Australian Veterans’ Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Bill 2019 has passed Federal Parliament today.

This legislation formally establishes the Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant which includes an oath, lapel pin and Veteran Card which are available for veterans and eligible reservists.

With the passing of this legislation we will now start to send out the lapel pins and oath to those who have already registered via mail in the coming weeks.

The new Veteran Card, which is a redesign of the existing DVA health cards, continues to provide access to treatments and benefits and will soon provide access to thousands of offers from businesses across Australia as a part of a new benefits program.

We are expecting to launch the benefits program very soon and will be sending information packs in the mail to Ex-Service Organisations and RSL Sub-branches which includes promotional material and a set of frequently asked questions to help you support veterans to ensure they get the most out of the program.

Veterans and reservists can continue to register for the Covenant online through MyService, by calling DVA on 1800 555 254, or by visiting your local Veterans Access Network office.

For more information about the Covenant, please visit here
Regards Liz,”

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Liz Cosson AM CSC
Department of Veterans’ Affairs


  1. william corker says

    Why does a Veteran have to apply for a “Covenant”. Surely the DVA has a record of your service to our Country. The thought of applying stirs me to anger. They should come with their hat in hand to give it.

  2. Crackles says

    Good to see our government finally giving us some recognition.

  3. Mick Shave says

    Who are and what is an eligible reservists? What’s been agreed between government and veterans, this so called ‘Covenant’? Every change I have been witness to from D.V.A. (The government) has been a watering down: War Service Home Loan becomes Defence Forces Home Loan. VEA to MRCA to SRCA; each time a lessening of entitlement; something not as good. Warrant Officers once flew first class. NCO’s were once disciplinarians, upholders of Queen’s Regulation and military law. Sgt’s and officer’s used their own, respective messes. Soldiers once lived in barracks and were fed meals cooked by soldiers. The war crippled and the lame were able to remain in service. Until proven wrong I shall regard this ‘Covenant’ with extreme prejudice.

  4. Peter Perry says

    So they still don’t know where I am?