Welcome to DFWA

Welcome to the
Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA)


Our purpose is 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 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 ADSO's aim is to promote and protect the conditions and well-being of the Defence Family, which embraces over three million people.  It involves itself in national advocacy and the taking up of issues with the Australian Parliament and all political parties.


Our policy objectives are regularly reviewed, taking into accout current issues and resources available.  Read our current (and past) objectives here.


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01 April 2020 - Help Stop The ATO Appealing Veteran Invalidity Benefit Taxation Rulings

26 March 2020 - Advice to Military Superannuation Invalidity Benefit Recipients Updated 01 April 2020

13 March 2020 - Media Release - Justice for disabled veterans incorrectly taxed.

07 February 2020 - Media Release - Support for National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention.

14 January 2020 - Monthly Newsletter. The January issue of the DFWA National E-News is available here. If you haven't subscribed to the newsletter, you can do so here.

11 December 2019 - OMBUDSMAN INQUIRY INTO DFRDB.   The Commonwealth Ombudsman’s office has released a Media Statement on the outcome of his inquiry into DFRDB Commutation which can be accessed on the Ombudsman’s website.  The full report is also available on the website.  The Ombudsman found that many members were given misleading and incorrect advice about commutation by Defence.

13 October 2019 - Monthly Newsletter. The October issue of the DFWA National E-News is available here. If you haven't subscribed to the newsletter, you can do so here.

19 September 2019 - Letter to Jim Hislop of the Australian Defence Force Retirees Association. Kel Ryan wrote a letter to Jim Hislop to respond to some concerns raised in the ADFRA September update.

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