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Vetaffairs — Vol 36 No.2 Winter 2020

The Winter 2020 issue of Vetaffairs.

Highlights include:


Special COVID-19 edition – no. 3

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has produced a third special COVID-19 edition of e-news. DVA is committed to keeping the veteran community and the Australian public informed as the pandemic evolves. Between editions of e-news and Vetaffairs, you can check the DVA website, including the Latest News for Veterans page. Please share this email with anyone you think might find it useful.

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IG-ADF’s Afghanistan Inquiry. 04 May 2020 – Letter from Major General Paul Brereton to RSL National President and Australian SAS Association National Chairman regarding concerns they raised about the welfare of members who may be affected by the IG-ADF’s Afghanistan Inquiry. Read the letter here.

Service News Papers: Army/Navy/Air Force

Workplace Remuneration Arrangement (WRA)

10 April 2020 – Delay in ADF Pay Case. The current ADF pay arrangement is about to expire, and a new Workplace Remuneration Arrangement (WRA) for three years was scheduled to commence at the end of this year.  The DFWA will be involved again in the WRA process and will provide an independent voice to ensure the interests of members of the ADF and their families are properly considered as the WRA is negotiated.  The DFWA supports the recent decision of the Government, and as endorsed by the CDF, that any wage and salary-related allowance increases that are scheduled to occur over the next 12 months be deferred by six months.  The effectively means that the pay rise that would ordinarily be expected at the end of the year, as part of the new WRA, will now not occur until well into 2021.  The DFWA notes and supports the CDF comment that “we must be in step with community standards and expectations, so that while many Australians and families are facing significant economic difficulties, we take a pause on pay increases for ADF members”.  Read the CDF’s message here.

Defence & Veterans Health

08 April 2020 – National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide.  DFWA welcomes the announcement detailing the policy work being undertaken by government to put in place the National Commissioner.  At this difficult time in the nation’s history the government is to be commended for pushing ahead with the establishment of the National Commissioner as an independent position with a clear brief.  The Attorney-General’s Department has published further information on the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention on their website. You can access this information through the following link:

Australian Defence Veterans Covenant

Australian Defence Veterans‘ Covenant. The Australian Defence Veterans‘ Covenant serves to recognise and acknowledge the unique nature of military service and the contribution of veterans and their families. The Covenant is supported by the Veteran Card, Lapel Pin and Oath.