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02 Jul 2020 Farewell to Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall - Australia’s most senior submariner
Australia’s most senior submariner and former Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall, has died at age 82 in Tasmania.  Vice Admiral MacDougall joined the Royal Australian Navy a month before his 16th birthday, when he commenced Midshipman training at the Royal Australian Naval College in 1954.  Demonstrating a strong aptitude for leadership and seamanship, Midshipman MacDougall completed his Phase III training in the United Kingdom at the Royal Naval College in August 1957, before returning to Australia and joining the Battle Class Destroyer HMAS Anzac (II).  More.....
01 Jul 2020 Growing our shipbuilding enterprise and creating more opportunities for Australian industry
The Morrison Government is investing an unprecedented $75 billion in Australia’s maritime capabilities over the next decade, including more than $50 billion in the regeneration and expansion of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) maritime platforms through the naval shipbuilding enterprise.  This significant investment builds on the Government’s 2017 Naval Shipbuilding Plan, and will enhance Australia’s warfighting capabilities across its operations.  More.....
01 Jul 2020 Morrison Government’s Defence strategy to deliver jobs and investment to the ACT
The Morrison Government’s updated Defence Strategy and ongoing commitment to maximising Australian industry involvement in Defence capability projects will create new jobs and investment in the Australian Capital Territory over the coming decade and beyond.  The ACT provides essential support to our nation’s defence capability. Defence’s Headquarters and key policy, intelligence, security, training, and communications capabilities are based in the ACT.  More..... 
01 Jul 2020 Morrison Government's Defence strategy to deliver jobs and investment to Queensland
The Morrison Government’s updated Defence Strategy and ongoing commitment to maximising Australian industry involvement in Defence capability projects will create new jobs and investment in Queensland over the coming decade and beyond.  Through this Plan, there will be a $3 billion investment over the coming decade into the refresh and redevelopment of Defence facilities in Queensland including:  More..... 
01 Jul 2020 Morrison Government's Defence strategy to deliver jobs and investment to Victoria
The Morrison Government’s updated Defence Strategy and ongoing commitment to maximising Australian industry involvement in Defence capability projects will create new jobs and investment in Victoria over the coming decade and beyond.  Through this Plan, there will be a $3.6 billion investment over the coming decade into the refresh and redevelopment of Defence facilities in Victoria including:  More..... 
01 Jul 2020 Morrison Government's Defence strategy to deliver jobs and investment to Tasmania
The Morrison Government’s updated Defence Strategy and ongoing commitment to maximising Australian industry involvement in Defence capability projects will create new jobs and investment in Tasmania over the coming decade and beyond.  Through this Plan, Defence plans to fund the expansion and upgrade of Hobart Airport and storage facilities to support increased ADF and civilian long range operations in the Southern Ocean.  More.....
01 Jul 2020 Morrison Government's Defence strategy to deliver jobs and investment to the NT
The Morrison Government’s updated Defence Strategy and ongoing commitment to maximising Australian industry involvement in Defence capability projects will create new jobs and investment in the Northern Territory over the coming decade and beyond.  Critical Australian Defence Force operational bases, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, and training facilities are based in the Northern Territory.  More.....
01 Jul 2020 Morrison Government's Defence Strategy to deliver jobs and investment to South Australia
The Morrison Government’s updated Defence Strategy and ongoing commitment to maximising Australian industry involvement in Defence capability projects will create new jobs and investment in South Australia over the coming decade and beyond.  South Australia is at the forefront of the Government’s plan to ensure that Australia has the maritime capabilities to defend Australia and its interests over the coming decades, supported by a world-class, sustainable naval shipbuilding industry.  More.....
01 Jul 2020 Morrison Government's Defence Strategy to deliver jobs and investment to Western Australia
The Morrison Government’s updated Defence Strategy and ongoing commitment to maximising Australian industry involvement in Defence capability projects will create new jobs and investment in Western Australia over the coming decade and beyond.  Critical Australian Defence Force operational bases, maritime, air, land, Special Forces, intelligence, space capabilities, and training facilities are based in Western Australia. Defence’s presence and investment in northern Australia, including in Western Australia, will gradually increase to support a more capable future force and a more active defence posture.  More..... 
01 Jul 2020 Morrison Government's Defence Strategy to deliver jobs and investment to New South Wales
The Morrison Government’s updated Defence Strategy and ongoing commitment to maximising Australian industry involvement in Defence capability projects will create new jobs and investment in New South Wales over the coming decade and beyond.  Through this Plan, there will be a $10 billion investment over the coming decade into the refresh and redevelopment of Defence facilities in New South Wales including:  More..... 
01 Jul 2020 Long-range strike capabilities to maintain regional security
Australia will invest in new long-range strike capabilities to maintain regional security and deter or respond to aggression in the Indo-Pacific, as part of the 2020 Defence Strategic Update and Force Structure Plan.  The new investments will be made across the air, maritime and land assets to give the Australian Defence Force more options to protect Australia’s interests.  More..... 
01 Jul 2020 Defending Australia and its interests
The Morrison Government will invest $270 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade the capability and potency of the Australian Defence Force to keep Australians safe while protecting the country’s interests in a changing global environment.  In its 2020 Defence Strategic Update, released today, the Morrison Government will signal a key change in Australia's defence posture, as it prioritises the Indo-Pacific region.  More..... 
01 Jul 2020 FlyBy
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01 Jul 2020 Veteran's views sought to shape future engagement
VETERANS and their families are being asked to provide their views on how the ex-service community is consulted and engaged, and how this can be improved.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the views of the serving and ex-service community are essential as the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) continues to change and to ensure veterans and their families can access the services they need, when they need them.  More.....
01 Jul 2020 China Becoming Concern for U.S. Commanders in Europe
It seems counter-intuitive, but China is increasingly a concern for the commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and Africa and NATO's Allied Joint Force Command.  Navy Adm. James G. Foggo told the participants of a webinar sponsored by the International Institute of Strategic Studies that China is actively working in Europe and Africa to subvert the international rules-based infrastructure that has maintained peace since the end of World War II.  More.....
30 Jun 2020 To our Reserve Forces - Australia says thank you
TOMORROW the nation marks Reserve Forces Day, and all Australians are encouraged to recognise the vital role of our Navy, Army and Air Force Reservists in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said it is important to acknowledge and thank all who have served, and continue to serve, as part of the Australian Defence Force Reserves.  More.....
30 Jun 2020 The five-domains update
Sea state

The UK National Audit Office has revealed that the Royal Navy may not be able to form carrier groups with its two new aircraft carriers.  After spending nearly $8 billion on the two vessels, the UK is now faced with the difficulty of freeing up enough new funds to afford the aircraft, escorts and support ships required for the ships’ operations.  The navy’s plans to build three new support vessels have been jettisoned, and no back-up plan is in place for 2028 when the current support ship is due to be retired.  More.....
30 Jun 2020 Nation's largest ever investment in cyber security
The Federal Government will make the nation’s largest ever investment in cyber security, with $1.35 billion over the next decade to enhance the cyber security capabilities and assistance provided to Australians through the Australian Signals Directorate and the Australian Cyber Security Centre.  This significant investment, known as the Cyber Enhanced Situational Awareness and Response (CESAR) package, will mean that we can identify more cyber threats, disrupt more foreign cybercriminals, build more partnerships with industry and government and protect more Australians.  More.....
30 Jun 2020 Australia needs to ensure it has the advanced missiles it needs
The pandemic has many lessons for how Australia’s future economy must operate, with opportunities to build new wealth around the global supply chains that originate with us—in natural resources, energy, food, research and education, for example.  But these opportunities are accompanied by some nasty risks that the pandemic has revealed with how Australia manages crises—medical and health crises, but also military ones.  More.....
29 Jun 2020 Trained ADF medical personnel support Victorian Government with COVID-19 testing
29 Jun 2020 HMAS Toowoomba returns home from on deployment
28 Jun 2020 Navy reflects on 75th anniversary of loss of HMAS Lolita
The World War Two Channel Patrol Boat HMAS Lolita has been remembered at a service held on the 75th anniversary of her loss.  A memorial plaque dedicated to the Sydney-based motor cruiser was unveiled at the Royal Australian Navy Memorial at Bradleys Head, Mosman on Saturday 13 June.  More.....
28 Jun 2020 HMAS Sydney V - Happy Birthday Mrs Seymour
The Captain of HMAS Sydney V couldn't be there for his wife's birthday, so here is a 10 gun salute instead.  Happy birthday Mrs Seymour! Here's some footage from our successful Anti-Air assurance test firing.
27 Jun 2020 Navy frigate returns home after successful operation in the Middle East Region
Royal Australian Navy helicopter frigate HMAS Toowoomba has returned to Australia, following a successful six-month deployment on Operation MANITOU.  Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, praised the Ship’s Company, who conducted maritime security operations in the Straits of Hormuz with the International Maritime Security Construct.  More.....
27 Jun 2020
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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


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