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.


Update 10 July - The Military Superannuation Invalidity Tax Issue.  * ALL POSTS ON THIS MATTER CAN NOW BE FOUND AT CURRENT iSSUES / SUPERANNUATION.'

National President of DFWA David Jamison was interviewed on ABC Brisbane radio last Friday on the topical issue of tax and the way the ATO are treating veterans invalidity payments. Ray Martin in Townsville was separately interviewed as well. Both interviews are available in links hereunder and worth a listen:

(1) ABC Radio interview of David Jamison (DFWA) by Steve Austin.  This ABC Brisbane Radio 612 4QR’s Steve Austin interview of David Jamison (DFWA) today (Friday 7th July) continues on from yesterday’s program. Expectantly DVA Minister Dan Tehan calls in endeavoring to explain the matter. The upshot is that CSC must still explain the basis on which it has been (incorrectly) reporting invalidity super payments as pensions. CSC should provide detailed answers (with the legal basis explained) to the following:

  • Is an invalidity payment paid under either MSBS or DFRDB a pension in accordance with SUPERANNUATION INDUSTRY (SUPERVISION) REGULATIONS 1994 - REG 1.06 (1) (a) (i): and if so
  • Which standard of  SUPERANNUATION INDUSTRY (SUPERVISION) REGULATIONS 1994 – REG 1.06 sub regulation (9A) applies to the payment.

This is a must listen to radio broadcast.  Steve Austin’s introduction start at 15:35minutes.  David Jamison commences at 18:26 minutes to end at 29:39 minutes.  Dan Tehan commences at 37:16 minutes and ends at 47:01 minutes:

(2) ABC Radio Interview Of Col Ray Martin (Ret’d) By Steve Austin. This ABC Brisbane Radio 612 4QR’s Steve Austin interview of Col Ray Martin (Retd) (past CO 1 RAR) highlighted the issue. listen to radio broadcast here. Following the interview five callers affected by the Tax legislation explain the facts of the matter and the impact on their lives.

9 June 2017:  PROPOSED ADF PAY OFFER.  The DFWA has been advised that the Government and ADF have agreed to present to the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal a proposal that the next three year Workplace Remuneration Arrangement (WRA) for the ADF, commencing November 2017, provides for a 2%pa wage increase for each of the next three years.  Significantly there are to be no “offsets” or conditions of service or entitlements that ADF members will need to offer in recompense.  In the current economic environment the DFWA considers the offer is reasonable, and will seek the opinions of its ADF members before presenting its final position to the Tribunal later this year.

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