Veteran Community News
Issues of interest to the ex-ADF community in Townsville are included below, the most recent on top.
Albanese Government takes action on veteran and family support
30 Sept 2022
Legislation extending the Incapacity Payments for Veterans Studying Pilot Program, and the Defence, Veterans’ and Families’ Acute Support Package will both go a long way to ensuring veterans and families get the support they need and deserve.
Government Response to the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide - Interim Report
26 Sept 2022
The Albanese Government has today responded to the 13 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide’s Interim Report.
The Royal Commission’s Interim Report is the culmination of the inquiry’s work to date, encompassing over 2,000 submissions, 178 private sessions and testimony from 208 witnesses.
The Interim Report’s 13 recommendations fall within three key themes: improving the claims process, Royal Commission administration and access to information by loved ones.
The Government has implemented one of the recommendations already (recommendation 5), agreed to nine, agreed in principle to one, and noted two others.
AIHW Report: Understanding the wellbeing characteristics of ex-serving ADF members
2 Sept 2022
The nature of military service makes understanding the wellbeing of those who have served of vital importance. This report examines wellbeing outcomes such as employment status, income, education qualifications, housing circumstances, and social support for ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families. Using linked data, this report expands information on the Veteran-centred model as part of an ongoing body of work in partnership with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. This report is based on ex-serving ADF members who had served at least one day of service on or after 1 January 2001 and were ex-serving as of 31 December 2015 and uses the 2016 Census data as the primary source of data to inform wellbeing outcomes.
Experts gather to examine Veteran Employment
22 Aug 2022
The Federal Labor Government has held the first of two Veterans Employment Round Tables, as precursor consultations to the Government’s Jobs and Skills Summit to better understand practical solutions to get more Aussie veterans and defence families into work.
Queensland State Partners of Veterans AGM in Townsville Mon 29 August
8 Aug 2022
The meeting will be held at the Townsville RSL (HMAS Room) at 139 Charters Towers Road, HERMIT PARK QLD 4812 at 1030h. Please note doors will open at 1000h for early birds.
THIS IS NOT AN ELECTION YEAR
More info about the theme and ticket price is available from:
Robyn at email@example.com or on 0407 985 991
RSVP with dietary requirements and payment is required by 15 August.
Funds Transfer for payment to: BSB: 034272 Account No. 145188
Helping veterans stay healthy at home
26 July 2022
The Government has today committed to ensuring veterans and veteran families have the
services they deserve, committing an additional $70.6 million in funding over four years to
increase Veterans’ Home Care fees for domestic assistance and personal care services.
Exposure draft legislation: Taxation of military superannuation benefits
24 July 2022
The Albanese Government is introducing legislation to ensure that no veteran pays higher income tax because of the Federal Court decision in Commissioner of Taxation v Douglas (the Douglas decision). A draft bill, Treasury Laws Amendment (Measures for a later sitting) Bill 2022: Taxation of military superannuation benefits, and associated draft explanatory material, have been released for public consultation.
Submissions close on 5 August 2022.
New team to tackle domestic violence in Townsville and North Queensland
29 June 2022
Townsville is set to be home to a new Domestic Violence High Risk Team which will enhance responses to domestic and family violence (DFV) in the North Queensland community through time critical information sharing and safety management for victims and increased line of sight of high-risk perpetrators.
DVA’s Claims Process Diagnostic Report
23 June 2022
Reducing the claims backlog for veterans is a key priority for the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs and Departmental leadership. The goal is to eliminate the backlog by December 2023 (funding to support this due to expire in July 2023). The initiatives outlined in this report offer a path to eliminate the backlog by December 2023 and increase processing capacity by 2.4x through deploying 6 existing and 11 new initiatives. To eliminate the backlog on a more rapid trajectory by June 2023, DVA faces a choice between (a) accelerating 4 initiatives and deploying 4 further ideas or (b) deploying 73 additional FTEs
CBA announces new team to support veterans
16 June 2022
Commonwealth Bank has announced a new team of specialised business bankers to support past and present members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), and their families, who are looking to start or grow their own business.
Defence Families of Australia - Advocacy Map Update Autumn 2022
9 June 2022