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.


18 November 2017 - QUEENSLAND STATE ELECTION - Summary of Parties’ Positions on Issues Affecting Former and Current ADF Members and Their Families.   As advised below, DFWA contacted the ALP, LNP, Greens, One Nation and Katter Parties and sought their position on veteran issues which fall under the remit of the State and that had been raised through the Qld Veterans Advisory Council, or by DFWA  other ESO and community groups.  Full details of responses are on the Qld Branch page.

18 November 2017: MORE ON THE PROPOSED EX-ADF COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES HUB. Here is more information about The Oasis Townsville ....http://www.theoasistownsville.org.au/

5 November 2017: PROPOSED EX-ADF COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES HUB.  DFWA strongly supports the proposal to establish the Ex-ADF Community Support Services Hub in Townsville, known in the ESO community as 'The Oasis Townsville'. The proposal originated from the collaboration of all ESOs in Townsivlle. These ESOs  have been working with Townsville City Council, Queensland State Government and the local business community to centralise the referral for services of the various ESOs into a single facility. This Oasis gives ex-ADF members and their families one place to go to find answers and identify disparate and specialised services provided by ESOs that are spread throughout Townsiville. The ESO assessment of the need has been reinforced strongly by the findings of the Federal Minister for Health trial being conducted in Townsville to support the prevention of suicide in the ex-ADF community. Townsville is one of 12 National Suicide Prevention Trial sites around Australia, and the only one dealing with the ex-ADF community. The Townsville project is known as Operation Compass. The Oasis Townsville is the single biggest issue for the ex-ADF community in Townsville and has had the effect of banding ESOs, the Townsville community and veterans of all generations together very strongly to find a solution to simplifying effective access to services for ex-ADF members and their families.  Read more about the proposal here.

31 October 2017- DFWA NATIONAL AGM.  The AGM for DFWA (National) will be held in Adelaide on 21-22 November.  Members wishing more information are invited to contact their Branch.


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