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Navy Week Victoria
17-24 Oct 2015

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31 Jul 2015 A fond farewell to HMAS Tobruk
The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd), together with the Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert, MP, and Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, today attended the decommissioning of HMAS Tobruk to bid the ship a fond farewell in Sydney.  More.....
27 Jul 2015 Vietnam Veterans' Lunch
RACV members and guests are invited to the annual Vietnam Veterans Luncheon with special guest Major Mike Wells ED (Retd).  Major Wells served with 1 Commando Company from 1956 through to 1971.
Venue: Club Pavilion, RACV City Club
Time: Friday 14 August, 12:30pm to 3pm
Price: $74.00 two-course lunch and limited beverages
Additional beverages available for purchase at bar prices
For full details download the flyer.....
25 Jul 2015 Navy Week "Geoffrey Evans" Trophy Race
The Navy League of Australia -VIC-TAS Division will, with the support of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, be holding its annual Navy Week "Geoffrey Evans" trophy race on Saturday 24 October at 1400. The race is open to yachties in Port Phillip.  Full details in the "Navy Week Victoria" page.
25 Jul 2015 NVN's July newsletter
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24 Jul 2015 Are you an Old Paradian?
As part of Centenary of Anzac, the Old Paradians’ Association (former students of Parade College) is convening a dinner on Friday 23 October 2015 to honour former students of Parade College who have served, or who presently serve in their country’s uniform.  Download the flyer.....
23 Jul 2015 Australian Government gifts landing craft to the Philippines
Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, was joined at HMAS Cairns today by his Philippine counterpart, Flag Officer in Command Philippine Navy, Vice Admiral Jesus Millan, at a ceremony to gift two decommissioned Australian Balikpapan class landing craft to the Government of the Philippines.  More.....
21 Jul 2015 WILD footy in South Africa
During HMAS Anzac’s recent visit to South Africa, members of ship’s company participated in a clinic with junior AFL players in the township of Khayelitsha, just outside of Cape Town.  Footy WILD, the brand name for AFL South Africa, has been funded by the AFL since 2005, and currently has 25,000 registered members from age seven, and a regular competition with eight senior teams from around the nation.  More.....
20 Jul 2015 Every nation has its story. This is ours. We are proud of it.
The Hon Dr Brendan Nelson - Director, Australian War Memorial - Address to 58th Federal Council, Liberal Party of Australia. A very interesting speech without notes.
View YouTube video.....(21 minutes)
20 Jul 2015 Chief of Defence Force – Military Mental Health – From Shellshock to PTSD and Beyond
Good evening distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.
To set the scene for this evening’s oration, I would like to begin with a quote:
The topic is painful; perhaps one of the saddest of the many grievous aspects of the War. But a condition exists at present which is immeasurably more painful – the exaggerated and often unnecessary distress of mind in many of the sufferers and their friends, which arises from the manner in which we, as a nation, have been accustomed to regard even the mildest forms of mental abnormality.”  More.....
20 Jul 2015 Projects of Concern summit held in Canberra
Today I have participated in a series of meetings with senior Department of Defence officials and Defence industry representatives to discuss projects on the Projects of Concern list.  This Government recognises the significant value to our nation of having a skilled defence industry and we are committed to working closely together to bring about a safer and more secure Australia.  More.....
20 Jul 2015
Navy League of Australia (Vic Div) July newsletter is now available to download.....
20 Jul 2015 Maritime power underpinned by lethality
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, recently returned from a successful visit to London, where he addressed the Royal College of Defence Studies on the topic of Maritime Power in the twenty-first century.  Vice Admiral Barrett emphasised the requirement for a nation to defend itself and to promote vital security and economic interests.  More.....
20 Jul 2015 DVA Corporate Plan 2015 - 2016 - download.....
16 Jul 2015 Royal Australian Navy returns to Fiji
The first Royal Australian Navy ship to visit Fiji since 2006 has completed a six-day port visit to Suva.  Commanding Officer HMAS Leeuwin, Lieutenant Commander Richard Mortimer says his ship’s company of 65 have been working alongside the Defence Forces of Fiji.  “While in Suva, we conducted joint training with the Republic of Fiji Navy, concentrating on hydrography and navigation skills as well as damage control."  More.....
15 Jul 2015 Invictus Games host city announced
Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert today welcomed the announcement by His Royal Highness Prince Harry that the 2016 Invictus Games will be held in Orlando, Florida between 8-12 May.  The Invictus Games is an international adaptive multi-sport competition for serving and former serving wounded, injured or ill military personnel.  The 2014 Invictus Games in London attracted more than 400 athletes from 14 countries including Australia.  More.....
13 Jul 2015 Two Lost Ships Project Update - July 2015
From: Bob Trotter
G’day Sydney families and friends,
In the last newsletter, I let you know that the WA Museum had promised to prepare and release a small selection of the imagery obtained in April/May exclusively for the families and that it would probably take the project team a little time.  This remains the situation as the WA Museum is still occupied with the laborious task of getting the very large image files organised.  More.....
13 Jul 2015 Reserve pay changes bring alignment
From 2 July Reserve members will have access to the same salary increment structure as their permanent Navy colleagues after the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal approved the Australian Defence Force pay case on 30 June.  The decision means that eligible Reserve members at the ranks of Leading Seaman, Petty Officer, Sub Lieutenant, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander and Commander (and Army and Air Force equivalents) will have access to additional increments for future salary advancement.  More.....
13 Jul 2015 The Gallipoli Symphony Comes To Australia
The Australian and International premieres of the Gallipoli Symphony—a musical and visual journey which tells the story of the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign – were announced today by the Australian Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson.  More.....
13 Jul 2015 For NSW NVN Members
On Saturday 29th August between 2:00 - 3:30pm, the Premier will host a reception at the NSW Government House.  We are particularly looking for Vietnam Veterans from Regional areas and others who have never been.  Any VV who would like to attend, can contact Bob Auston at or 0419491747.
Your Name Address and phone number will be required.
Applications will close on 24th July or sooner, due to administration requirements.
Invitations will be posted to you direct.
So please pass around and reply ASAP.
12 Jul 2015 Weary Dunlop Appeal Launched On 30th Anniversary
The invaluable contribution to the health and wellbeing of the veteran community made by Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop was commemorated in Melbourne today, marking the 30th anniversary of the creation of his Foundation and the launch of its annual fundraising appeal.  More.....
10 Jul 2015 ANZAC Ball - Change of Venue
Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond control there has been a change of venue for the ANZAC Naval Commemorative Ball 2015. The venue now is: The Atrium, Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Rd, Flemington (10 Minutes from the CBD)  Full details at: and
09 Jul 2015 Delay in payment of certain Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation pensions
The Government is aware of issues currently affecting the payment of some Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC) pensions, including Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB) and Military Superannuation and Benefits Scheme (MSBS) pensions.
As the responsible agency CSC have confirmed it actioned payments in the normal manner and the problem appears to relate to the distribution of funds by Westpac to other financial institutions where pensioners have accounts.
Resolving this problem is the priority for CSC, which is working with Westpac to rectify the issue as soon as possible.
Members of the DFRDB or MSBS concerned about the payment of their pension are encouraged to call the CSC helpline on 1300 006 727 or visit the CSC website at
08 Jul 2015 Australian Navy drug seizures top $2.3 billion in two years
In its sixth successful haul in eight weeks, Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Newcastle seized 139kg of heroin, with an estimated street value of around $AUD 41 million, off the East coast of Africa.  Under the auspices of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), the latest haul brings the Australian Navy’s total seizures in the Middle East region over the last two years to an estimated street value of $AUD 2.3 billion.  More.....
08 Jul 2015 Release of Defence Firefighters’ health study
Monash University today published the results of the Defence Firefighters’ Health Study, which examined the incidences of death and cancer in current and former ADF firefighters, the majority of whom served in the Air Force.  The study found the death rate among ADF firefighters was significantly lower than the age-matched Australian population and that the rates of cancer were about the same.  More.....
07 Jul 2015 HMAS Anzac visits South Africa
The Royal Australian Navy’s helicopter frigate HMAS Anzac has arrived in Cape Town as part of her NORTHERN TRIDENT 2015 deployment.  Anzac departed Sydney in March and has transited the Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, Suez Canal, the Mediterranean Sea and the North and South Atlantic en route to Cape Town.  More.....
07 Jul 2015 Medal Replacement - Letter from Senator Zed Seselja
Prior to 2003 lost, stolen or destroyed medals could only be replaced directly to the individual who earned them. ln 2003, this policy was extended, allowing replacement when deceased individuals' service awards were lost in specified natural disasters. ln December 2014, the Hon Darren Chester MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence agreed to a revision of this policy, which now allows for the medals of deceased individuals to be replaced in the following circumstance:  More.....
04 Jul 2015 Navy Week Bowls Tournament - Victoria
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Naval Commemorative Committee of Victoria (N.C.C.V) are calling all bowlers to come and enjoy a day on the greens as they invigorate the NAVY WEEK bowls tournament. This event goes back to 1977 and has had many winners from across the Melbourne region. Download the flyer with entry details.....
04 Jul 2015 Perth and Sirius conduct North West Shelf patrol
On returning to Australia after a south-east Asian deployment, HMAS Perth joined HMAS Sirius to conduct a security patrol of Western Australia’s North West Shelf.  As part of the 'Northern Shield' mission, Navy continues to contribute to the Government’s maritime security arrangements to the region.  More.....
03 Jul 2015 Working up HMAS Canberra
The huge task of getting Australia’s biggest warship to being fully operational is well underway with the first of a series of intensive training and assessment periods complete, resulting in HMAS Canberra now being ready to undertake disaster relief and permissive non-combatant evacuation operations.  More.....
03 Jul 2015 Minister for Defence – Transcript – Doorstop at Henderson, Western Australia
Do you think that WA has the capacity to be the nation’s shipbuilder?
Well my first and foremost consideration is to ensure the safety and security of the people of Australia.  More.....
03 Jul 2015 Desert Mounted Corps Memorial in Albany Declared a Military Memorial of National Significance
The Desert Mounted Corps Memorial in Albany, Western Australia, was today declared a Military Memorial of National Significance by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson.  The memorial commemorates the men of the Australian Light Horse, as well as the New Zealand Mounted Rifles, the Imperial Camel Corps and the Australian Flying Corps who served in Egypt, Palestine and Syria during the First World War between 1916 and 1918.  More.....
02 Jul 2015 Navy breaks fast to celebrate diversity
Navy has marked the month of Ramadan with a special dinner in Canberra attended by the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed.  Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett hosted the inaugural 'iftar' dinner with serving sailors and officers at the Australian War Memorial on 23 June.  More.....
02 Jul 2015 Annual humanitarian assistance mission commences
Twenty-four Australian Defence Force personnel have arrived in Bougainville onboard United States Navy Ship Mercy for Pacific Partnership 2015.  More than 650 military personnel, as well as host nation and non-government organisation civilians will support the mission.   More.....
02 Jul 2015 Release of the 2015 Defence White Paper Community Consultation Report
Topics: 2015 Defence White Paper Community Consultation Report, shipbuilding, terrorism, DHA housing at Campbell Barracks
Today is a day of a number of announcements in the Defence portfolio. You may have seen that we have made a decision to purchase two additional KC-30A refuelling and transport aircraft.  More.....
01 Jul 2015 Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience Registration Opens Today for Launceston
Registrations for the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition tickets will open for people in the Launceston region today, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson has announced together with local MPs Andrew Nikolic, Eric Hutchinson and Brett Whiteley.  More.....
01 Jul 2015 Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience Registration Opens Today for Hobart
Registrations for the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition tickets will open for people in the Hobart region today, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson has announced with Senator for Tasmania David Bushby.  More.....
01 Jul 2015 100th Anniversary of August Offensive
The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine will be a significant event and provides Australians with a further opportunity to visit the Gallipoli Peninsula and Turkey during 2015.  On 6 August 2015 the Australian Government will conduct a commemorative service to mark the centenary of the August Offensive at the Lone Pine Cemetery on the Gallipoli peninsula.  More.....
01 Jul 2015 Defence White Paper 2015 Report on Community Consultations
Today the Government releases the Report on Community Consultations following the 2015 Defence White Paper Community Consultation Program.  This includes a number of recommendations made by the Expert Panel.  The Report, Guarding against uncertainty: Australian attitudes to defence, sets out issues raised by the Australian community at meetings held around the country, and in written submissions responding to the Defence Issues Paper 2014.  More.....
01 Jul 2015 Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience Registration Opens Today for Albury-Wodonga
Registrations for the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition tickets will open for people in the Albury-Wodonga region today, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson has announced with Member for Farrer, the Hon. Sussan Ley.  More.....
01 Jul 2015 The 2015 “Victory in the Pacific” Luncheon - RAN AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS
You are invited to a luncheon at the Australia Club on Thursday 13th August, 2015 to hear Captain Paul Mandziy, CSC, the Commissioning C.O. of HMAS Adelaide take us through the RAN history of Amphibious Operations and the relevance to the operational role of HMAS Adelaide.  Download Flyer.....
30 Jun 2015 City of Kingston Honours First World War Veterans
The City of Kingston today held dedication ceremonies for two memorials to honour Australia’s First World War veterans, funded through the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program (ACLGP). The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, attended today’s dedication services in Cheltenham and Mentone with Patron Senator for Isaacs and Hotham, Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield.  More.....
29 Jun 2015 Chief of Navy response to Sun Herald article
On the Record
The article in the Sunday edition of the Sun Herald on 28 June 2015 and other Fairfax Media publications entitled ‘HMAS Stirling suicides: lack of action raised Navy Concerns’, is misleading and displays a lack of understanding of the support mechanisms which have been introduced by Defence since these reported deaths in 2011-12.  More.....
27 Jun 2015 Enhanced communications network capability for the ADF
The Australian Government has given second pass approval for LAND 2072 Phase 2B to provide the Australian Defence Force with the next generation of battlespace telecommunications network capability, with an acquisition program cost of around $900 million.  More.....



Information of Interest

Request for Committal of Ashes to the Sea.  Download form.....

Current Repatriation Benefits for Gold Card Veterans -
As of 01 January 2018
This is a list of products that are available on a Doctor's prescription for Gold Card Repatriation Patients.  Download the list.....

DVA Mobile Apps

The new Operation Life mobile application is designed to help those at risk deal with suicidal thoughts and is recommended to be used with the support of a clinician.

The High Res (High Resilience) app helps you manage stress, build resilience and optimise performance on the go.

The PTSD Coach Australia app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma.

ON TRACK with the Right Mix mobile app from the Department of Veterans Affairs helps you to keep track of the number and types of drinks you consume; the amount of money it's costing you and lets you know about the impact the alcohol has on your wellbeing and fitness levels.

Guide to the assessment of rates of veterans’ pensions
Guide to the assessment of rates of veterans’ pensions (GARP) is used to assess the extent of incapacity from war caused or defence caused injury or disease for the purposes of determining the rate of pension.  Download.....

Planning ahead kit

Overview: Planning Ahead is a publication designed to help veterans and their families prepare for bereavement.  There is also a checklist that can be used to record the contact details of important people, businesses and organisations that may need to be notified in case of your death.  Download.....

DVA Concessions Fact Sheets
Factsheet CON01 - Concessions in NSW
Factsheet CON02 - Concessions in Vic
Factsheet CON03 - Concessions in QLD
Factsheet CON04 - Concessions in SA
Factsheet CON05 - Concessions in WA
Factsheet CON06 - Concessions in Tas
Factsheet CON07 - Concessions in NT
Factsheet CON08 - Concessions in ACT

War Service

Check your ship's eligibility for war service.....