Welcome to DFWA

Welcome to the
Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA)


We exist simply to foster the best interests and wellbeing 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 CURRENT NEWS" or into one of the CURRENT ISSUES (see list at left of page)  

26 March 2019 - INQUIRY INTO THE DEFENCE FORCE RETIREMENT AND DEATH BENEFITS SCHEME COMMUTATION ARRANGEMENTS  The Government has advised it will commission an independent inquiry to examine the information provided by scheme administrators and relevant departments to members of the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB) superannuation scheme. The DFRDB scheme, which was established in 1972 and closed to new members in 1991, allowed members to commute (exchange) part of their pension for a lump sum. The Government will consult with the ex-service community about the terms of reference for the inquiry, as well as panel membership.  Ex-Service Organisations and scheme members will have the opportunity to make submissions to the inquiry and raise any other concerns relevant to the scheme. DFWA has issued a Media Release on this matter.

The inquiry is on the agenda for the next Ex-Service Organisation Round Table, to be held on 2 April 2019.

19 March 2019 - NEW REPATRIATION COMMISSIONER  DFWA President Mr. Kel Ryan and all members of DFWA congratulate Mr. Don Spinks AM for his appointment as the Repatriation Commissioner. For the first time, a former Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army has been appointed as the new Repatriation Commissioner with outgoing Commissioner Major General Mark Kelly AO, DSC completing his appointment on 30 June this year.  A great honour for a man who has proved himself as a warrior and a soldier over many years. This is a timely appointment with the DVA and the Repatriation Commission going through a period of change that will impact on the Australian veteran community well into the future. The DVA media release providing further information can be found here: http://distribution.medianet.com.au/Download/Document?j=913092&s=2&k=9118874

14 March 2019 - DRAFT PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION REPORT.   DFWA Submission and the ADSO Submission March 2019 are now available.

13 March 2019 - COVENANT UPDATE. The Senate’s FADT Committee is inquiring into the Australian Veterans’ Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Bill 2019. See more on this, including our submission, at Current Issues / Military Covenant.

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