ESO Community in Australia

Foundation Organisations

Legacy

 

Legacy is a voluntary organisation providing services to families of veterans who have died or given their health. Legacy's caring and compassionate service assists over 70,000 widows and 1,900 children and dependants with a disability. Legacy is a voluntary organisation supported by veterans, servicemen and women, and volunteers drawn from all walks of life. Support and services also extend to the dependants of members of the Australian Defence Force who lose their lives or their health as a result of their military service.

Returned and Services League (RSL)

 

Provides welfare and support for the wounded, injured and ill and their families; Honours the memory of those who have served through commemorative events; Preserves the spirit of mateship within the ADF community; and Promotes the interests of veterans and ADF members to Government and the wider community.

Other Organisations

4 Aussie Heroes Foundation

  • Gerry Garard a National Service 2nd Lieutenant, Vietnam Veteran, who spent most of his working life in corporate management, and his dual Olympic Gold Medallist and Taxation Consultant wife Renita, decided that they wished to do voluntary work in the demographic of mental health sufferers (particularly PTSD) who were suffering and struggling as a result of their service to our great Nation.

Australian Families of the Military Research and Support Foundation (AFOM)

  • The Australian Families of the Military Research and Support Foundation (AFOM) is a Foundation set up by past and current serving Australian Military Personnel and their families. Its mission is to advance the health and wellbeing of partners and families of past and current serving Australian Military Personnel. It aims to become the foremost organisation in Australia that: promotes, coordinates and funds research not encumbered by political and/or Departmental outcomes; and provides support for and advocates for the needs of partners and families of past and current Australian Military personnel.

 

Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO)

  • The Alliance represents a significant number (over three million) members of Australia's Defence Family on national advocacy and representative matters to the Australian Federal Parliament and political parties. The Alliance objective is to provide a stronger voice on issues impacting the conditions and wellbeing of currently serving and former members of the Australian Defence Force and their families to the Australian Government, Parliament and all Australians.

 

Agri Veterans

  • Our Agri Veterans Program helps veterans find stable, rewarding roles that match their existing skills and abilities. Many of the skills our veterans have learned during their service are an ideal fit for agriculture roles. Meanwhile, veterans who are easing back into civilian life find the wide-open plains and community spirit of regional Australia a soothing change of pace.

 

Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Veterans Association (APPVA)

  • The Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans’ Association (APPVA) is a not-for-profit veterans organisation that provides for the comfort and assistance with welfare and entitlements for ADF Veterans and Peacekeepers, including their families. The APPVA achieves this by a number of approaches, but particularly with assistance through the Safety Rehabilitation & Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA – aka “COMCARE); The Veteran’s Entitlement Act 1986 (VEA); and The Military Rehabilitation & Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA). Other assistance through welfare is also provided on as needed basis. 

 

Australian Student Veterans Association

  • As non-traditional students, ex Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have a lot to add to classroom discussions and can offer unique perspectives. Yet, these differences can also be quite challenging. ASVA would like to help student veterans overcome these challenges by establishing ASVA chapters at universities throughout Australia to provide a peer network for veterans on campus. Interacting with other like-minded students on a daily basis will help student veterans regain that sense of camaraderie they had in the ADF. These built-in networks will greatly assist student veterans during the soldier to student transitioning process and will help mentor/motivate student veterans throughout their degrees.

 

Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust

  • The Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust is a national independent charity helping the children and grandchildren of Australian veterans to a better future through education. Each year we provide up to 80 scholarships for students commencing, or already commenced, their studies at an Australian University, TAFE or registered training organisation. Our scholarships are generously funded by the Australian government, ex-service organisations and private donors.

 

Bravery Trust

  • Bravery Trust provides financial support to veterans, current and former members of the Australian Defence Force, and their families, who have suffered injury or illness as a result of their service and are experiencing financial hardship.

 

Carry On (Victoria)

  • Provides financial help, education support and housing assistance.

Defence Families Australia

  • Defence Families of Australia (DFA) is the official body appointed by government to represent the views of Defence Families. Its aim is to inform government and Defence on the needs of the family. Its goal is to ensure quality of life for all Defence families by providing a recognised forum for their views and by reporting, making recommendations and influencing policy that directly affects families. In turn, this enhances the capability of the Australian Defence Force. DFA consults with Defence’s own support agencies, like the Defence Community Organisation (DCO) and the National Welfare Coordination Centre (NWCC), but acts only as an advocate, not as a support provider.

 

Defence Force Welfare Association

  • We exist simply to foster the best interests and welfare of all members of the Australian Defence Force and their families in any matter likely to affect them during or after their period of service.

 

Diggers Military Motorcycle Club

  • The DIGGERS Military Motorcycle Club is not a 1% club, but an organisation for Regular, Reserve and Ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force - Army, Navy, Air Force as well as members of all Commonwealth Forces. Members who engage in regular meets and who encompass the spirit of riding motorcycles whilst having the comradeship that develops from military service and the MC Brotherhood Bond.

 

Enabled Employment

  • Enabled Employment is a labour hire company for people with a disability, carers, former Australian Defence Force Personnel and their supporting family, senior Australians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Enabled Employment is unique in Australia and possibly the world with its approach of using flexible arrangements to enable highly capable people from diverse backgrounds to find productive and well-paid employment. Enabled Employment makes it easy for businesses to fill skill gaps. 

 

Mates4Mates

  • Mates4Mates supports current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members (and their families) who are wounded, injured or ill as a result of their service. They offer national and regional support services across 5 key areas: Physical Rehabilitation & Wellbeing Services; Psychological Services; Employment & Education Support Services; Rehabilitation Adventure Challenges; and Social Connection Activities. They do this at Family Recovery Centres in Brisbane, Townsville and Hobart.

 

Military Brotherhood Military Motorcycle Club

  • MBMMC is a Tri Service military motorcycle club comprising serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Commonwealth Forces members, their families, friends and support riders. It is Australia-wide club with a mission is to support Club members, Veterans and ex-service members and their families for the next thirty years.

 

Nexus Online

  • The Nexus concept is an exciting new approach to transition to engage with the new generation of Veterans. It is a combination of traditional hobbies or sports day activities. There will also be education on psycho-social concepts and opportunities to connect that can make such a difference to veterans. It’s not about the hard graft of making something of your life: its about activities, mate-ship and having fun. An element of the program is the opportunity to make an economic difference to Veterans and their families. Nexus will achieve this through business development programs aimed at budding entrepreneurs.  A think tank, incubator and mentor program for budding entrepreneurs. This has the potential to truly change lives.

Overwatch Australia

  • OVERWATCH AUSTRALIA is a not for profit organisation tasked with reaching out and assisting former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members. OVERWATCH AUSTRALIA is a peer to peer, boots on the ground, first response organisation formed to assist former ADF members who are at risk or in crisis. Once engaged, OVERWATCH AUSTRALIA will then act as a bridge to other Ex Services Organisations (ESOs) better equipped to help with the needs of these personnel.

 

Operation PTSD

  • To raise funds and awareness whilst assisting those supporting our troops. The carers and families of those veterans injured or suffering mental health condition. Believing that the families of veterans needed to be cared for (veterans are catered for through the many ex service organisations, associations and groups ).  The idea of the group is to raise funds through various means to enable them to put deployment and PTSD resource books into schools and libraries around the country, assist carers with respite, deliver the Mental Health First Aid course to partners for free or very reduced rate, and conduct children's camps and respite outings all over Australia.  A Townsville Facebook Page is here. 

 

Partners of Veterans Association of Australia Inc

  • P.V.A. believes that there is a great need for support for all partners/carers, widows/widowers and families of Australian veterans, both now and in the future, as our defence forces continue to be deployed to areas of conflict throughout the world.  Our aim is not only to support the partners of our generation, but also to consider the needs of all future generations and to have in place a support network that was not available when many of our veterans returned from their war service.

 

Pandanus Park War Veterans Retreat 

  • Pandanus Park War Veterans Retreat is situated on the northern bank of the Normanby River near Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, Cape York, Queensland. It is a place of healing and a place of mateship for all Veterans of the Australian Defence Forces.  Relax in a bush camping retreat along the banks of the Normanby River, enjoy the great Australian bush in it's own natural splendor. Only open to Veterans of the Australian defence forces and their immediate families, it offers a unique enviroment for healing, relaxation and mateship.

 

Patriots Australia Military Motorcycle Club

  • To provide an organisation dedicated to members and their families with a common interest in motorcycles. To have members throughout the States and Territories, to provide a social camaraderie for current serving and ex-serving members of the Defence Force. To generate interest between members of the club in providing support, both physical and financial, to charitable organisations.

 

PTSD Dogs Australia

  • PTSD Dog’s Australia is a Not For Profit Charity solely dedicated to the rescuing, re-homing and training of suitable displaced and unwanted dogs to support and assist Australia’s First Responders (Fire, Police Ambulance) and the Australian Defence Force (A.D.F) Air Force, Army and Navy suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) both current and retired. PTSD Dog’s Australia also provides personalised / group training and Assistance Dog Certification for people who already own a dog considered appropriate as a PTSD Certified Assistance Dog.

PTSD Resurected

  • Our goal is to provide awareness, support and a message of hope aimed at helping veterans and their families and anyone suffering from mental illness.

 

RSL DefenceCare

  • RSL DefenceCare is a charity and not-for-profit organisation helping current and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their families in times of injury, illness or crisis. Our services are free of charge and include assistance with Department of Veterans' Affairs claims, advocacy at the Veterans' Review Board, counselling, support during a crisis or the death of a loved one, and financial assistance.

 

Smart Pups

  • We provide assistance dogs to children with special needs. Trained in task-specific skills, Smart Pups improve children’s independence and quality of life. This unique form of early intervention therapy has a profound effect on the day-to-day lives of children and families… making a positive change that keeps growing. For life.

Sisters in Arms

  • Secret Facebook Group. This group is a group that supports the partners of people with PTSD or other mental health issues related to the ADF, QPS, QAS or QFES. We are all about supporting each other when times are good but more importantly when times are tough. We have made this group secret so that it is a safe zone with no judgement and no backlash.

SoldierOn

  • Soldier On supports those who have served by focusing on their physical and mental health, their community and their future. Soldier On has Reintegration and Recovery Centres throughout Australia as part of its Reintegration and Recovery Network. 

 

Stand Tall for PTS

  • To make every person in Australia aware of PTS. To dispel misconceptions about PTS and break down stigma. To help increase professional support channels. To lobby governments to properly recognise PTS and to supply adequate funds for meaningful research.

 

Survive to Thrive Nation

  • As our program was created by a veteran for veteran’s through lived experience, we thrive on assisting our members becoming independent in overcoming psychological and emotional stress, living happy and healthy lives, and creating a successful mind-set for transitioning back to civilian life.

 

Timor Awakening

  • Taking aim at a “health crisis” amongst young Australian veterans, who suffer from a frightening suicide rate. A program of Veterans Care Association Inc. 

 

Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) Federation

  • Since the Federation has been incorporated it has been dedicated to a single purpose in building better lives for Australia’s disabled Veterans and their Families. Our faith in that mission has required the Federation to respond in a creative and flexible way to the changing and sometimes unpredictable problems and difficulties faced by disabled Veterans.

 

Trojan's Trek

  • Trojan’s trek is a circuit breaker program in nature. Participants figuratively undertake a journey, which facilitates new ways of viewing themselves, their colleagues and partners in a remote location while investigating ways to facilitate change. Some of the past trekkers have denoted this as a ‘stocktake of life, feelings and behaviour.’ Some of the Treks are now being conducted in NQ.

Veterans Benfits Australia

  • Our mission is to connect veterans with the benefits they deserve. We are an information hub promoting physical, mental and optimal wellbeing to improve the lives of Australian veterans in any way we can. We understand that it can be difficult to find out what support is available to and for Veterans and their families. Veteran Benefits Australia (VBA) empowers veterans with community and support. VBA is an independent organisation run by those who honour, care and stand with our military and our Veterans.

 

Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (VVAA)

  • To assist members (members of the ADF who served in South Vietnam) of State or Territory Associations of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia and their dependants where a member or a child of a member has or appears to have any disability which is or in any way may be connected with special service rendered by a member in the Naval, Military, Air Force or as an accredited member of a civilian organisation accorded special service status by the Government of Australia.

 

Vietnam Veterans Federation (VVF)

  • VVF represents former, as well as, current members of the ADF, and their families. They represent veterans of all conflicts from World War II to Afghanistan, including Peacekeeping and Peacemaking Missions. They have many years experience helping with claims in all of the Military Compensation schemes, with fully trained 'TIP' qualified Pensions officers. Services are totally FREE.

 

Vietnam Veterans and Veterans Motorcycle Club (Queensland Chapter)

  • Assist all ex-Service personnel from all conflicts with free welfare, pension and advocacy services.

 

Veterans First

  • A proposal has been made to build a world-class museum in Toowoomba. It will be run by Queensland Museums as a centre for training and employing veterans. The facility will also provide significant economic benefits, boost employment and provide a valuable and popular day-trip destination to South-East Queensland. Most importantly, it will allow our veterans to train and work at a real-world facility providing a genuine service to other Australians.

Veterans Care Association Inc.

  • We bring together the best traditional and holistic health practitioners to support your journey to health and wellbeing. See also one if the main programs Timor Awakening.

 

Veterans Community Business Chamber

  • The VCBC will provide a voice for the veteran entrepreneur and small business owner to the Australian community, Government, and Industry. The Chamber will focus on developing existing veteran-owned businesses and support those who go into self-employment. This association is non-for-profit and will be built by veterans for veterans. 

Veterans 4 Youth

  • Veterans 4 Youth (V4Y) is a program using Defence Force Veterans, to run personal development programs for youths.

 

Veteran Mentors

  • Veteran Mentors programs are designed to assist children to become accountable for both their behaviour and decisions. These programs are ideal for children demonstrating poor behaviours, low self esteem, lack of respect, addiction to technology and media or simply to propel them to reach their fullest potential.

Veteran Sport Australia

  • Veteran Sport Australia (VSA) has been established to support all veterans and their families to improve their health and general wellbeing through sport and recreation. VSA aims to provide a central hub, helping to connect people with the right opportunity for them.

War Widows Guild of Australia

  • The aim is to protect the interests of War Widows and provide friendship and comfort to those in similar circumstances, particularly in their time of loss and to represent and advocate for our members to promote and protect their rights.

 

Whiskey's Wish Inc

  • Provides training and puppies for service dog training to veterans, first responders and correctional officers who suffer from PTSD and related injuries.

 

WithYouWithMe

  • WithYouWithMe is a veteran owned tech start up that attempts to solve the problem of transitioning personnel from the ADF to the Australian private sector. 

 

The Warriors Return

  • Many ex-service personnel may not have PTSD but suffer significant difficulty in readjusting to civilian life. Grief (loss of brotherhood), isolation, poor coping skills, relationship issues and many other difficulties are rife amongst the men and women who have sacrificed to protect this nation. Warriors Return fills the gaps for these desperately needed services! and is run BY Veterans and Veterans’ families, FOR Veterans and Veterans’ families. We are a “bottom up” organisation, based on, and responsive to, the ACTUAL requirements of Veterans.

 

Wandering Warriors

  • For ex-SASR wounded, injured and ill veterans and their families. We know that for some veterans, the battle continues, while others will seek a new direction and fresh challenges. We are here to assist with the journey through mentoring, education and employment opportunities, as well as direct donations to select veteran causes.

 

Wounded Heroes Australia

  • Wounded Heroes Association is a national community organisation established to support Australian servicemen and women and their families, and to ease the financial, emotional and personal hardships of contemporary military life.

 

Women Veterans Network Australia

  • WVNA is about connecting past and present Women of Defence with resources, support & information to live an empowered & fulfilling life. Women have unique transitional challenges because of their role in the military and society. They experience deployment and reintegration different than men.

 

The Younger Heroes

  • To inspire and nourish the relationship between our Returned Service Veterans & those that have served the nation and their Children, and to facilitate them being able to connect with their “Inner Hero”, so as to empower their lives and uplift their families, their friends, and their future.

 

Young Diggers

  • Young Diggers provides a variety of support services and programs to help serving and ex-serving personnel of the Australian Defence Force, their dependents and direct family members.

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