Why Join Now


  • There is increasing demand for the Association to address policy issues on behalf of members.  These include remuneration, compensation, superannuation and conditions of service issues.
  • DFWA has developed a hight reputation for measured and well-researched input into emnerging policy issues.  This has included appearances before Parliamentary Committees, lobbying government and submission of position papers to Government inquiries.  Information on current matters is provided on this web site.

As an Ex-Service Organisation, we have the access and opportunity to say things to Government that may not be open to you.

  • At the Branch level trained advocates assist members in dealings with the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
  • Members receive our magazine, Camaraderie, three times a year, free of charge.

We need your membership so we can do the good work that will benefit you and all serving and retired members of the Australian Defence Family.

Details on membership clases can be found by clicking on the tab at the top left of this screen. 

To join online as an ordinary member (ie, annual or life) ... simply click on the link on the left of this screen (APPLY TO DFWA) and follow the prompts. Alternatively, print the application form and send to the Branch of your choosing.

Please note that online membership is currently not available to join the WA Branch.  Please contact the WA Branch direct for further information or use the hard copy application form (see link above)  If you are a serving ADF member please consider joining as a Virtual Member.


The DFWA is fully committed to protecting your privacy. Any personal information, like your email, phone and address details, will be used only to manage your membership.

From time to time, we may use parts of the data you and other users provide us with to better understand how our services are used and to provide information for future improvements. The data used to do these reviews does not include any direct personal information that identifies you as our member.

To enhance your membership, we may contact you from time to time about upcoming DFWA activities and items of interest.  We will not use your personal details for any other purpose, and will not disclose it, without your consent.

Data quality

We take steps to ensure that the personal information we collect is accurate, up-to-date and complete. These steps include maintaining and updating personal information when individuals advise us that their personal information has changed.

Data security

We take steps to protect the personal information we hold against misuse, interference and loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. These steps include restricting physical access to DFWA offices, password protection for accessing our electronic systems, secure storage for information held offsite and, where required, secure storage for information held on site, including restricting access to classified material to specific DFWA personnel who have the required level of clearance.

When no longer required, personal information is destroyed in a secure manner, or deleted in accordance with the requirements of the Archives Act 1983.

Complaints about the DFWA’s privacy practices

If you have a concern about the way in which the DFWA handles your personal information and wish to make a complaint, contact the Executive Officer, DFWA by email at: national@dfwa.org.au.   The DFWA will consider your complaint and provide you with a response.

Under the Privacy Act, the Privacy Commissioner has the power to investigate complaints or acts or practices that may be a breach of privacy even if there is no complaint. If you have made a complaint to us about the DFWA’s privacy practices and you do not believe that the matter has been resolved satisfactorily, you should either write to the Privacy Commissioner setting out the details of the practices which you think interfere with your privacy (if you wish, you can use a form available on the Commissioner’s website), or telephone 1300 363 992 (local call charge). The Privacy Commissioner will generally expect you to complain to the DFWA first, and will likely refer your complaint to the DFWA if you have not done so.