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.

Read the July 2019 National Newsletter here !

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5 July 2019 - PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION REPORT INTO DVA.  The Productivity Commission Report has been released and details are available on the DFWA page here.

28 June 2019 - DEFENCE HOUSING AUSTRALIA – HAVE YOUR SAY !  The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) is undertaking an audit to assess whether Defence Housing Australia (DHA) administers its functions efficiently and effectively, and in accordance with the Government Business Enterprise guidelines.

The ANAO proposes to examine whether DHA: 

  • has established a fit-for-purpose services agreement with Defence;
  • has entered into value-for-money purchasing arrangements;
  • provides services to Defence personnel effectively;
  • provides services to Defence personnel efficiently; and
  • complies with governance, reporting and government business enterprise requirements.

The ANAO welcomes members of the public contributing information for consideration when conducting performance audits. Performance audits involve the independent and objective assessment of the administration of an entity or body’s programs, policies, projects or activities. They also examine how well administrative support systems operate. The ANAO does not have a role in commenting on the merits of government policy but focuses on assessing the efficient and effective implementation of government programs, including the achievement of their intended benefits.

The audit is currently collecting audit evidence and is seeking input from members of the public. The ANAO particularly value information that deals with significant matters or insights into the administration of the subject of this audit. Information can be submitted either by uploading a file, or by entering your information into the comments box below.

While your contribution will be considered, and handled with care, you will not automatically receive feedback about your contribution. However, if you provide your contact details, you may be contacted regarding your contribution. ANAO will be accepting contributions to their audit until Sunday 28 July 2019.

Go to: https://www.anao.gov.au/work/performance-audit/management-defence-housin...

24 June 2019 - URGENT NOTICE TO VETERANS RECEIVING CLASS A/B INVALIDITY BENEFITS.  Many of you are aware of the Veteran appeals at the AAT against the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) decisions regarding taxation of DFRDB and MSBS Class A and B Invalidity Benefits. . Areas being appealed include the following:

  1. Taxation of Lump Sum Back Payments of Invalidity Benefits.
  2. Taxation of Invalidity Benefits as a Pension..

If the veterans’ appeals are successful at the AAT, it may mean that other veterans can appeal against their past assessments and obtain a refund.Read the full DFWA advice to you here.

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