Vetaffairs — Vol 36 No.2 Winter 2020
The Winter 2020 issue of Vetaffairs.
- Full winner details of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards
- The release of two important strategies — the Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and National Action Plan and the Family and Domestic Violence Strategy
- Various articles on the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War — see below
- A feature article on the role the Coastwatchers played in Victory in the Pacific
- Reports from the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester and DVA Secretary Liz Cosson AM CSC.
- Vetaffairs Noticeboard
Special COVID-19 edition – no. 3
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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: https://www.ag.gov.au/About/Pages/national-commissioner-defence-veteran-suicide-prevention.aspx
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.