Welcome to DFWA

Welcome to the
Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA)

OUR PURPOSE

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.

HOT NEWS

REPEAL OF THE INCOME TAX ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS 1997 – REG 995.1.03, many vulnerable veterans are now set to lose many $100’s to over a $1000 a month from their Invalidity Benefits come July 1st, 2017. This legislation allowed the compensatory nature of these benefits to be acknowledged and a lower rate of tax was applied to these payments. This repeal removes that recognition and Injured Ex ADF members will now lose large sums of money that actually allows such people to survive. For vulnerable members this money means being able to pay their rent or mortgage, feed and clothe their children and have a reasonable (not extravagant) life that does not mean living fortnight to fortnight because they were injured serving their nation.

Please consider signing a petition to the Australian House of Representatives (petition EN0242) and also consider joining the following Facebook Group for further information on this and other related matters: COMSUPER - MILITARY ENTITLEMENTS

 

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.

ADF TRANSITION.  DVA has established a Taskforce to  examine the transition process from the perspective of ADF members and their families leaving the ADF and entering civilian life. The Taskforce nvolves current and former members of the ADF, as well as representatives from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), the Department of Defence and the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation.As part of the Taskforce’s engagement activity, an online survey has been developed to capture the experiences and views of key stakeholders. The Survey can be found via the following link: https://www.orima.com.au/dva/transition  This survey will be available until 4 June 2017.  You are invited to complete the survey to ensure that your views are captured and assist the Taskforce understand the wider system of support for members and their families as they leave the ADF. The DFWA will also be making a submission. If after completing the survey there are additional things you would like to share with the Taskforce, send these through to transition.taskforce@dva.gov.au.

2017 SUBMISSION ON REDUCTION OF DFRDB BENEFITS.  On 16 February 2017 Herb Ellercock made a detail submission to expose a gross reduction and denial of recipient benefits in the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB) scheme. Some aspects apply equally to recipients in the Defence Force Retirement Benefits (DFRB) scheme.  Read his detailed submission here.  A response from Government has not yet been received.

THE SUPERANNUATION CHANGES FROM 1 JULY 2017 - The Fair and Sustainable Superannuation Act 2016.  DFWA is seeking urgent advice to clarify some issues with the Act and how the provisions are being applied to a typical unfunded untaxed DRFDB (Defined Benefits [DB]) superannuation.  Read more at CURRENT ISSUES / SUPERANNUATION

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