Hi Team, This Update brings you up to speed with a few issues in which I have been involved over the last few weeks and which hopefully will be influential in the Government’s decisions. Recognition for KIAs NOK Based on our RARA original submission and discussions at RARA Council meetings in relation to some form […]

The Australian Defence Force Retiree’s Association Inc represents the interests of Defence Force retiree’s regarding their Superannuation. We continue to see in emails we receive, DFRDB social media sites and DFWA National ENews Issue 5 that the provisions of the DFRDB Act and their effects are still not well understood. While in recent times the […]

Veterans receiving invalidity benefits from their military superannuation schemes were wrongly taxed for years according to a decision handed down in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal by Justice Logan in precedent setting test cases on Wednesday 25 March 2020. Veterans who are medically discharged from the ADF may receive a disability benefit from their military superannuation […]

ALL governments are committed to ensuring we are doing all we can to prevent suicide among our serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel following the recent Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the agreement by state and territory leaders to support […]

CEO’s Update The Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health will hand down its Final Report on 23 May 2020, and at this draft stage the message we are hearing from both the PC, and Government, is that we – the sector – can still help shape and influence the Final Report. Yes, the Productivity Commission’s […]

Friendly FireWhat has been very disappointing and demoralizing in recent times are the emails, social media posts and the broader media attacks upon DVA, the ESORT and the ADSO. Especially are the attacks on individuals and ESO leaders for not being supportive of the broad veteran communities. Nothing could be further from the truth.When these […]

The Australian Defence Force Retirees Association (ADFRA) acts on behalf of Defence Force retirees and their military superannuation grievances. DFRDB UPDATE – JULY 2019 Hi All,Most of you will aware that the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s investigation into the administration of the DFRDB scheme with respect to commutation is in progress. But we are not waiting idly for the […]

The head of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has vowed to walk away from the job if she can’t improve ex-defence personnel’s experiences with the beleaguered agency within the next year. Liz Cosson has also promised to change the adversarial culture of the agency, which has been under fire for the bureaucratic and ruthless way […]

The Australian Defence Force Retirees Association (ADFRA) acts on behalf of Defence Force retirees and their military superannuation grievances. Related Article: 50,000 veterans fired up over pension ‘shortfall’ The Australian 28th June 2019 ” Hi All, We assume that most of you are aware that the Commonwealth Ombudsman decided to commence an investigation into the […]

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has been “too adversarial” when it comes to handling the compensation claims of former defence personnel, Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester says. Key points: Veterans’ Affairs Minister Darren Chester says his department “has been guilty of being too adversarial” over compensation claims Mr Chester said the […]