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.

CURRENT NEWS

13 December 2017 - WHY ISNT THE CSC BEING INVESTIGATEDD BY THE ROYAL COMMISSION ??  The Defence Force Welfare Association calls on the Government to clarify the Terms of Reference of the Royal Commission into Banking and Superannuation. By defining a financial service entity to be the subject of inquiry as one 'other than a Commonwealth entity or company’, they appear to exclude the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC) from the inquiry. DFWA cannot agree that CSC should be excluded. It would be the only superannuation entity in Australia not examined with the others. The voices of the many thousands of current and former members of the ADF whose superannuation is administered by the CSC should be heard, along with those members of industry and other funds. The CSC administers military superannuation funds. It often appears as non-compliant with the Superannuation Industry Supervision Act, and is seen by the veterans’ community to be regularly misreporting to both the Australian Taxation Office and to the Family Court the nature of Invalidity Benefits paid to ADF members who have been discharged for medical reasons.  Read our Media Release here. .

9 December 2017 - ADF HOUSING AND ACCOMMODATION CHARGES: THE DFWA IS WATCHING ! 

Following on from the recent 2% wage increase give to ADF members, the DFWA has reviewed the CPI changes for the SEP 2017 Quarter and can advise that the following information is likely to be reflected in the 2018 Annual review of Housing and Accommodation Charges.   A DEFGRAM outlinig the new charges is expected to be released to ADF members, we believe about 18 DEC 17.

RENT. Charges for occupying a Service Residence and Rental Allowance are assessed according to valuation of local properties. The amount of change varies between locations, based on movements in local rental markets. DFWA is not able to indicate with any amount of certainty how rent bands may be adjusted.

UTILITIES. In line with substantial increases in cost of domestic energy that came into effect 1 July 2017, the Fortnightly Contribution for LIA Utilities (Electricity, Water, Sewerage and Gas), may be expected to increase by 8.8%.

FOOD.  The food component of the CPI has decreased slightly in the 12 months to Sep 17 and so members should anticipate a decrease of 0.6% in their fortnightly food allowances.  This will effect members with dependants (unaccompanied) and is likely to be extended to other food-related allowances published in the Pay and Conditions Manual (PACMAN).  Living-In members can expect their fortnightly meal charges to remain steady.

WATER. The most recent adjustment to the fortnightly water contribution charge for a member living in a Service Residence was a 3.8% decrease (from $21.00 to $20.20).  The charge for water that DHA passes onto Defence does not necessarily reflect changes in the CPI.

DFWA COMMENT.  Again, DFWA cannot say with any certainty when People Policy & Employment Conditions (Defence People Group) will release the changes.  In the past couple of years, despite working from CPI figures published in October, they have been announced close to or immediately after the commencement of the ADF Period of Operational Standby (POS) – commonly known as Christmas Stand-down.  This year the POS commences 23 December. 

We believe it should not take eight weeks to pull the relevant figures from the Bureau of Statistics and advise ADF members of the new charges before they proceed on POS.

Also, we understand that there is a six-week period required between the publication of the new rates and the commencement of the new rates.  DFWA will keep on close eye on this.

Final Comment:  on 30 November the DFWA alerted the Department of Defence that the above information would be released on 9 December, and invited comment / feedback.                 To date, no response was received.

2 December 2017 - ADVOCACY IN A VORTEX.  Today, the number and purpose of the nation’s ex-service organisations (ESOs) is a vortex of confusion and questionable benefit to the broad Australian Defence Community (ADC).Contrast this position with the period after the major wars of the last century when it was the RSL, the TPI Federation and the War Widows Guild that advocated to government on behalf of the ADC. Advocacy was a singular issue during a time when many politicians and bureaucrats had military experience. Such is no longer the case.  Read the full article penned by DFWA National President here.

 

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