DFRDB UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2022 Federal Court Hearing: Justice Perry has still not yet handed down her decision. Meeting with the New Minister In our July 2022 Update we advised that we had requested a meeting with the newMinister, the Hon Matt Keogh MP, to discuss our major concerns with the DFRDB scheme.To which the […]

Australia’s reputation as a global citizen will be commemorated tomorrow in Canberra with a service recognising the 75th anniversary of our involvement in peacekeeping operations to be broadcast live on the ABC. The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Matt Keogh MP said more than 66,000 Australian men and women have served in more […]

Source: BEN PACKHAM The Australian Newspaper’s Foreign Affairs & Defence Correspondent – September 13, 2022 Defence has avoided an inquiry into the accountability of senior commanders for war crimes ­despite the findings of an independent panel, which said it failed to face up to its “corporate responsibility” for the murders of Afghan civilians and prisoners identified in […]

Should Defence press ahead with its investments in next-generation land combat capability or is it time to reallocate resources elsewhere to reflect changes in modern warfighting? Last month, the Albanese government  launched the Defence Strategic Review, touted as the largest assessment of the Australian Defence Force’s structure, force posture and ­preparedness in 35 years. According to […]

“On behalf of the members of the Royal Australian Regiment Association and all those that have served in the Royal Australian Infantry Corps we are deeply saddened of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, our Colonel in Chief. We offer our sincere condolences to The Royal Family, Great Britain, as a nation and […]

It is my sad duty to advise you of the death today of Laurie Lewis, Retired Brigadier and Officer Commanding C Company 9 RAR during the Battalions tour of duty in Vietnam. In addition to his military service Laurie was the former Chair of the Repatriation and General Hospital Board and Veteran’s Advisory Council. Details […]

Thursday 8th. September 2022 marked the 50th. Anniversary since the end of Australia’s 4th. National Service Scheme introduced in 1964 when conflicts in Southeast Asia raised fears about Australia’s security. The National Service Bill became law in late 1964, with conscripts (Nashos) liable for overseas service from 1965. Selection for military service was based on […]

8 September 2022 This edition features articles on subjects including: Release of Royal Commission Interim Report Finalists announced for Prime Minister’s National Veterans’ Employment Awards Construction of new Darwin Veterans’ and Families’ Hub underway Peacekeepers recognised with commemorative service marking 75 years New DVA TV videos. You can subscribe to DVA e-news anytime on the e-news subscription site.

It’s our national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to  ask, ‘are you OK?’ and start a meaningful conversation whenever they spot the signs that someone they care about might be struggling with life. R U OK? has released resources, tips and ideas to help you drive genuine […]

Tomorrow, 80 years after the Battle for Australia, we recognise all those who defended our country during the Second World War, at home and in land, air and sea battles to our north. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh said the Battle for Australia Day commemorates the courage and service of all those who contributed […]

This year’s Australian National Flag Day, on 3 September 2022, marks 121 years since the Australian National Flag was first officially flown in 1901 at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne – the site of Australia’s first Parliament. Australian National Flag Day is an opportunity for all Australians to observe this anniversary by flying or displaying […]

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has updated the ministerial codes of conduct In the foreword for the conduct, the PM said his government is committed to ‘integrity, honesty and accountability’. “This code is underpinned by key principles that Ministers must act with due regard for integrity, fairness, accountability, responsibility and the public interest.” “Ministers hold high public office and are […]