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

12 September 2017: ABC RADIO INTERVIEW - PTS FORUM.  Those unlucky enough not to live in Queenslanders may not know but Steve Austin is an ABC Radio 612 4QR Brisbane breakfast broadcaster who is a respected and noted questioner and searching interviewer of his guests. His broadcast on Friday 8 September 2017 from the PTS Forum in Brisbane was of particular interest. He evidently researched the subject exceptionally well and asked searching questions that exposed the facts of PTS on everyone. If you have time, the broadcast is worth a listen here: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/mornings/mornings/8865922

8 September 2017:  NEW COMPENSATION ACT FOR THE ADF.  Parliament yesterday passed the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988(DRCA), which will replace for Australian Defence Force (ADF) members the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA). There will be no change to eligibility or the coverage of entitlements or benefits available to current and former members of the ADF.

The purpose of this change was to move all military compensation legislation under the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. Mr Tehan said the legislation gave the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs policy responsibility for all veterans’ compensation legislation.

“This new legislation will allow for more consistent for veterans’ entitlements subject to consultation with the defence and ex-service community. This will allow the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to improve the services it offers. DRCA will commence 28 days after Royal Assent when all veterans and ADF members with existing claims under the SRCA will automatically become claims under the DRCA.

Parliament was advised that there would be no change to coverage in this move but that the Government had put in place a safety net for any unforeseen situations.  Any new claims for injuries and illnesses due to service prior to 1 July 2004 which are lodged on or after the commencement date will now also be DRCA claims.

Further information on the DRCA, and on making a claim for rehabilitation and/or compensation due to a service related injury or illness under any of the military compensation Acts, can be found at www.dva.gov.au.

26 August 2017: REPLY TO THE GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE TO THE DFRDB BENEFITS PAPER

(see 21 August post below).  Read the considered rebuttal of the Governmen's response here.  It is clear that the issues were not analysed in any objective manner, and simplly relied on the bureaucrats feeding the same rubbish to the Minister that has been the hallmark of this matter for decades. 

24 August 2017: ESO LEADER QUESTIONS VITRIOLIC NATURE OF RECENT SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS 

The Chair and National President of the RAR Corporation, Michael von Berg MC OAM has made an impassioned plea to cease recent social media comment directed at DVA employees.  The DFWA fully supports his views. Read his comments here

21 August 2017: GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO 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 now been received.and does nothing to suggest the Government will re-visit the issue and no reference is made to updating the long out of date life tables. 

17 August 2017: TRIBUNAL SITS TO CONSIDER THE ADF WAGE CASE

On 16 August 2017 the Defence Force Remunaration Tribunal sat to consider the ADF wage case, including the DFWA submission made on the matter.  Read more, including the DFWA submission, at Current Issues / WRA.

 

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