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)  

16 August 2018 - DFWA MEDIA RELEASE - ROYAL COMMISSION.  The Senate yesterday passed a motion that the Hayne Royal Commission into Banking and Superannuation be extended to include the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation. No longer should the Government be allowed to hide behind the misconception that the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC) is held to account through the annual Senate Estimates process. This has been proven wrong time and time again. Fairness and honesty must now take hold. The Terms of Reference of the Banking Royal Commission must be extended to cover the governance of all relevant Commonwealth retirement benefits and superannuation funds. Read our Media Release here

10 August 2018 - VETERANS' ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT SERVICES SCOPING STUDY.  The Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO) has made a submission to the Study. The Submission complements its earlier submission to the Study, and is presented in two Parts:  Part A focuses on concerns about the policies and considerations that underpin the veterans’ compensation-rehabilitation system; Part B combines ADSO Members’ responses to Questionnaire No 1.

25 July 2018 - DFWA MEDIA STATEMENT REGARDING RESIGNATION OF RSL NATIONAL PRESIDENT.  With more than just passing dismay the veterans’ community discovered last week that RSL National National President, Robert Dick, had resigned. While acknowledging that, due to now well-documented governance failings that had attracted the attention of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, a new path for the 100-year veterans organisation was arguably long overdue, the DFWA is nonetheless disappointed that Robert will not be part of the leadership group guiding the organisation into a new era of its existence. Robert had displayed a long-standing strong commitment to the future growth of the RSL as an organization dedicated to the welfare of veterans and serving ADF members alike, including their families. He had shown a willingness to closely cooperate and work with the 18-strong Alliance of Defence Services Organisations (ADSO) and other national bodies such as Legacy Australia to project a unified voice to Government. He willingly accepted the Government's challenge for the veterans’ community to ‘speak with one voice’.

DFWA wishes to publicly express its gratitude to Robert Dick for bringing in a refreshing new era of cooperation by RSL National with other veterans associations that had been absent from its leaders of the recent past. The DFWA has issued a Media Release on this matter. 

 15 July 2018 - SUBMISSION TO PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION INQUIRY INTO THE DVA. The DFWA has released its extensive submission and is available here.  The ADSO had also made a submission which is available here.  The DFWA submission makes many points.. for example throughout the PC Issues Paper, there is a definite focus on efficiency, value for money, etc. at the expense of effectiveness.  Comparisons with other service delivery organisations are invited to identify best practices, i.e., what processes the other agencies use to deliver superficially similar services efficiently to a general clientele, but forgetting the Veteran unique needs. DFWA contends that this lack of understanding of the Veteran and insistence on following the organisation’s processes was a contributing factor to tragic instances that lead to this Inquiry in the first place.

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