Each year on 31 August we recognise the Australian defence personnel who served in the Malayan Emergency and the Indonesian Confrontation.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh said it is important to never forget the 39 Australians who died in Malaya, and the 23 Australians who died during the Confrontation.  “On Malaya and Borneo Veterans’ […]

Professor Paul Dibb wrote the 1986 Review of Australia’s Defence Capabilities and was the primary author of the 1987 Defence White Paper Defending Australia. When announcing his Defence Strategic Review on August 3, Richard Marles stressed that the strategic changes we are facing are accelerating at a rate faster than anticipated in the 2016 defence […]

After a two-year break in competition, the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, are the new champions of Army’s premier military-skills competition, having secured the Duke of Gloucester Cup for 2022. CAPTION: An Australian Army soldier from the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, moves across the traverse ropes during an obstacle course activity held as part […]

CARELESS commentators lacking the ruthless scrutiny of a sub-editor’s pencil are wont to describe mass casualty ADF incidents as the “worst peacetime military accident ..since…” Townsville has tragic connections with three of the worst Australian Defence Force peacetime air disasters, two anniversaries of which seemed to have arrived almost unnoticed. READ MORE

A joint venture between government and the private sector has produced a new treatment for PTSD sufferers. Joint research between the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Department of Defence and the Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health has informed the development of a new treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), involving intensive exposure therapy. The Rapid Exposure […]

Construction has commenced on a permanent home for the Darwin Veterans’ and Families’ Hub to help support the 10,000 veterans and families in the Northern Territory. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh said the Australian Government’s $5 million commitment to building the centre will go a long way to support both current and former serving […]

The Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) has called for urgent action to address the recommendations of the Interim Report handed down by the Commissioners of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide. The RSL welcomed the Report with the ex-service organisation recognising its release as an important milestone in the Royal Commission process. It […]

Tomorrow, on Vietnam Veterans’ Day, Australia pauses to recognise the men and women who served in the Vietnam War, 60 years after the first Australian defence personnel were sent to South Vietnam. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh said the Vietnam War was era-defining, and the longest conflict Australia was involved in during the 20th […]

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide is focused on the identification of systemic problems and solutions to suicide and suicidality among serving and ex-serving ADF members. It is vitally important to our Defence Family’s wellbeing. The Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO) is the Defence Family’s advocate to governments, parliaments, and the Australian […]

Interim Report – an address from the Chair Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide Chair, Nick Kaldas APM, provides an important update on the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide Interim Report (interim report) after it was tabled in Parliament today. On 11 August 2022, Commissioners Nick Kaldas APM, The Hon James Douglas QC […]