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)  

18 January 2019 - THE DRAFT PRODUCTIVITIY COMMISSION REPORT.  The release of the DRAFT Productivity Commission Report, Inquiry into Compensation and Rehabilitation for Veterans, in December 2018 caused a flurry of activity among many ESOs, particularly as the call was for responses to the draft by 11 February 2019. On request, an extension was approved to 28 February 2019, the date driven mainly because the Commission was scheduled to hand its final report to the Government by June 2019.  Considerable email traffic continued over Christmas and New Year. It became evident that many individuals, and some ESO leaders, were focussed on the detail in the Report rather than taking a strategic view to the once in a life time opportunity we, the veteran community, had to reset DVA for the future benefit of the broad veteran community.

A meeting of major ESOs and DVA was held on Tuesday 15 January 2019 in the DVA offices in Canberra, where a broad concensus of views was achieved.  A DFWA Media Release has been issued and the DFWA will put in a response to the Draft Report by the nominated date.

14 December 2018  - DRAFT REPORT INTO VETERANS SUPPORT.  The Productivity Commission has published its draft report into the administration of veterans support. Go to CURRENT ISSUES / PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION REPORT on the left hand side of ths page for further detail.

23 November 2018 - ADVOCACY FORUM.  The DFWA recently conducted an Open Forum in Melbourne. The theme was, “Effective Advocacy and the Australian Defence Community”. Attendees were a cross-section of leaders of veteran’s organisations, individual veterans, and others interested in the future of veteran advocacy. It was well attended and well received.  It was agreed that the veteran organisations (ESOs) are now operating in a changing environment. To be effective and to represent the evolving mix of veterans and their presented issues demands a singular focus on relevance rather than relying on the comfort of history and past practices. If they are to remain organisations of consequence ESOs must be prepared to adapt and focus on the future. This is a challenge many are fearful of contemplating.


See the Forum’s presentations at: https://sites.google.com/dfwaq.org/open-forum-ringwood-nov-18

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