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Ex-Service Organsations

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.

Advocates Online

Advocates Online emerged from challenges faced by individuals in navigating the labyrinth of overlapping and complex legislation and equally complex claims processes. Our Board of Directors come from various sections of the veteran community and have worked within the veteran sector for a long time as change leaders. Commencing in early 2020, we dedicated ourselves to building a network of highly qualified, medically trained and supervised claims advocates, para-legal consultants and highly specialised administrators. They are complemented by a growing community of veteran friendly and informed medical practitioners and legal and financial specialists who we can refer to and rely on.

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.

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.

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.

Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Veterans Association (APPVA)

The Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans’ Association (APPVA) is a not-for-profit veterans organisation that provides for 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 Veteran News

Independent news and opinion on issues that impact the Australian veteran community.

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.

Buddy Up Australia

Buddy Up Australia offers a way for people who have served their country, either domestically or overseas, to connect with like-minded people and feel that sense of purpose again. That’s through physical fitness and volunteering for worthwhile projects.
Founded in Perth, our goal is to run chapters Australia-wide which meet the needs of serving and ex-serving personnel just like us (police, fire, ambulance and military). Let’s keep our buddies in the well zone.

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 the 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.

Duty First Legal Service

As part of the Veteran community, we understand what it is like to have left the armed services and then be faced with a legal issue. Getting legal help can be too hard, or too expensive. It can leave you feeling overwhelmed or helpless. Duty First Legal Service is here to make you feel helped, not helpless. We are a not-for-profit legal service which means that our fees are significantly lower than the industry standard. We care about you and your family and the outcome of your legal issue. We are an independent, not for profit legal service, which is only for those who have served in the Australian armed services including the Army, Navy or Airforce or those who are left behind after the veteran has passed away. Whether you are looking for one-off legal advice or need us to guide you through a difficult legal issue, we are here to help.

Kookaburra Kids Foundation

We deliver our services to young people impacted by family mental illness with the aim of empowering them to build resilience, lifelong knowledge and abilities so they can reach their potential.

Legacy Australia

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.


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.

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.

Operation PTSD Support

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.

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.

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 Resurrected

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


SMEAC Inc. believes that it is paramount for the discharged veteran, to as quickly as possible be linked with other veterans, IN A REAL SENSE, not just by brochures and contact lists but physically and socially. They need to be reconnected to their mates, be reintegrated back into society, and ultimately be retrained for purposeful and meaningful employment. This in turn will help the discharging veteran transition and form new support networks which will replicate and, in some cases, eventually replace their previous military ones.

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.

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.


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