Welcome to DFWA

Welcome to the
Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA)


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.

Read more about us at ABOUT / BACKGROUND

We are also a member of the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO), which comprises many of Australia's major military ex service organisations (ESO). The Alliance represents a significant number of members of Australia's Defence Family on national advocacy and representative matters to the Australian Parliament and all political parties. Its aim is to promote and protect the conditions and well-being of the Defence Family that embraces over three million people.


(as a current news item becomes stale, it is transferred either to "archived issues" or one of the "current issues" on the left side of the home page)

9 March 2018 - CHANGES TO RAAF OFFICER AVIATION PAY STRUCTUREThe DFRT’s Decision on this matter was recently released. DFWA notes that the DFRT decision states:   "We note the ADF intent that there will be “no detriment to the individual”, so that would mean the transition would stretch out over between four and eight years while we remove each of the individuals from the pre-OAPS systems in a fair and equitable manner.”  DFWA understands that RAAF is going to plug people into the new structure once they reach at least remunerative parity with their existing structure, essentially on a case by case basis over several years.

Whilst the new OAPS structure has been approved by the Tribunal for Air Force (only) we would be interested to hear of any situations where people are disadvantaged.  It will also be interesting to see what Navy and Army do now ! Should any ADF member have any comment, please send an email to vp-cos@dfwa.org.au

19 February 2018 - Defence Housing Chargers.  Recently-released Defence Determination 2018/10 dated 19 Feb 2018 seeks to refund a small overcharge incurred by serving members whom chose to occupy a Service Residence above their rank group eligibility, during 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Please see the Defence Determination for details if you chose to occupy housing above your rank group eligibility.

11 February 2018 - COMMENT RE SENATOR JIM MOLAN. The anger across the Australian Defence Community, and the public generally, at the Greens ‘coward’ slight aimed at now Senator Major General Jim Molan, AO, DSC (Retd) is palpable. The DFWA has issued a media statement here

3 February 2018 - GENERAL MONASH CAMPAIGN.  DFWA members may know of a strong push for General Sir John Monash's posthumous promotion to Field Marshal. Led by former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer AC, the proposal is supported by many individuals across the military world as well as by other Australians who see an injustice because Monash did not receive adequate Australian recognition despite his many honours from Britain, France, Belgium and the United States.  The Saluting Monash Council recently asked for DFWA's endorsement of its proposal. While it is beyond DFWA's remit to have a corporate view on matters of this nature, many DFWA members may have a personal view.  You can see more at www.salutingmonash.org.au.

18 January 2018 - ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY.  On Thursday 30 November 2017 the Government announced that it would establish a Royal Commission into alleged misconduct by the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry in Australia. The Government stated that the Inquiry ‘would consider the conduct of banks, insurers, financial services providers and superannuation funds'. When the Terms of Reference for the Commission were dually issued there was singularly only one major financial services entity in the Australia seemingly excluded from any scrutiny, namely the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC). 

The Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) and the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO) calls on the Government by way of a Joint Media Statement to amend the Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference to include an examination of the military superannuation funds administered by the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation.  (Note also that on 13 December 17 DFWA also issued a Media Release, available here.)

CSC administers military and other superannuation funds for over 700,000 people, including 230,000 serving and former servicemen and women. Given the magnitude of the CSC influence on the wellbeing of former servicemen and women the RSL and ADSO members consider this represents a compelling reason to include CSC within the Terms of Reference. The voices of 230,000 serving and former servicemen and women should be heard, not be silenced. Members who have experienced issues with CSC should be encouraged to provide feedback comments via email to either info@veteranclawback.com.au or ComSuper-Military Entitlements at pb250571@gmail.com.

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