ABOUT THE APPVA

BACKGROUND |OBJECTIVES | MEMBERSHIP | POLICE OVERVIEW | POLICY | SPIA | TRIBUTES

ACNC
APPVA is now a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), so donations are tax deductible.
If you wish to make a donation go to: http://peacekeepers.asn.au/donation.htm


Formed: 24 October 1997 (United Nations Day)

Current Constituency: 77,000 Veterans

National Patron: Major General Ian Gordon, AO (Ret’d)

APPVA Ambassador: Major Matina Jewell (Ret'd)

Committee: The APPVA has a National Executive that manages the overall operation of the Association and represents the interests of its members as outlined in the Objectives below. In addition the Association has branches in each State and Territory to provide direct assistance to serving and ex-serving members of organisations referred to in the background below.
Click here for more information on the National Structure.

National HQ: Located in Boronia, Victoria.

View the APPVA Brochure pdf document

BACKGROUND

The Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans’ Association (APPVA) is a not-for-profit veterans organisation that provides for the comfort and assistance with welfare and entitlements for ADF Veterans and Peacekeepers, including their families. The APPVA achieves this by a number of approaches, but particularly with assistance through the Safety Rehabilitation & Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA – aka “COMCARE); The Veteran’s Entitlement Act 1986 (VEA); and The Military Rehabilitation & Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA). Other assistance through welfare is also provided on as needed basis.

Australia’s peacekeeping and peacemaking (enforcement) involvement commenced in Indonesia on 14 September 1947, with four Australian Military officers becoming the first UN peacekeepers in the world by deploying to the United Nations Good Offices Commission in Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). It has since involved the contribution of over 66,000 veterans, who have participated in 73 Operations to 64 different countries non-stop up to the present day with Iraq, Middle East, Afghanistan, Africa and the Solomon Islands. The roles recognised by our association include Warlike and Non-Warlike Operations including Peacekeeping, Peacemaking, United Nations Contingents, Military Observers, Truce Supervision, Emergency Forces, Special Commissions, Humanitarian Aid, Monitoring Forces, Demining Teams and Training Teams – and any other Australian Defence Force (ADF), New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), and Australian Federal, State and Territory Police Operations.

Since 1975 (post Vietnam War), Australia has sent thousands of troops and police to War Service around the world. Most recent and better known operations being the International Force in East Timor (INTERFET) Oct 1999 - Feb 2000; The International Coalition Against Terror (ICAT) in Afghanistan 2002; The War in IRAQ 2003 - Present; and again deployment of Special Operations Task Forces to Afghanistan in 2005 - present. The term "Peacemaking", colloquially, in the terms of the APPVA means those ADF members who have served on Warlike Service since 1975. Although under the auspices of the United Nations Charter, "Peacemaking" is a function of diplomatic process, prior to the agreement of the UN Security Council Resolution and prior to the deployment of a Peacekeeping Force (PKF) to a designated mission.

Under the auspices of the APPVA, the term "Peacemaker" realistically reflects Active Service or Warlike Service since 1989, when Australia sent the first Engineer Contingent to Namibia in South West Africa. From 1989 onwards, ADF members have served on warlike service in the following countries:
Back to topBack to top

OBJECTIVES

The APPVA aims to provide a comprehensive service to current and ex-serving Defence and Police members in all aspects of Military Compensation. We have paid and volunteer TIP/BEST Pensions Officers, Welfare Officers, MCRS Claims Officers and Advocates in the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Townsville, Sydney, Albury/Wodonga, Melbourne, Geelong, Torquay, Adelaide, Darwin and Tasmania.

We are actively assisting members in the primary Claim for compensation, Reviews and Appeals. An extensive specialist Legal network to appeal DFRDB, MSBS, MCRS, MRCA and VEA decisions is also available. We also provide the same service to those who have served as Police Officers on a range of Peacekeeping and other Operations.

We represent the best interests of our constituents to the highest levels of Government and have had a number of successful outcomes.

Listed below are some of the issues the APPVA is currently representing to government:

1. Veteran Health study for veterans, from operations during 1991-1995 (Cambodia, Somalia & Rwanda);

2. Correcting anomalies to the MRCA, in particular the Special Rate Disability Rate of Pension (SRDP);

3. Younger Veterans in residential care;

4. Reclassification of Humanitarian Operations to Non Warlike Service;

5. Reclassification of service for the OP ASTUTE -Timor Leste to Warlike Service, between certain dates of the operation;

6. Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Australian Peacekeeping Operations, including assisting in the Australian Peacekeeper Memorial Project;

7. Reviewing a range of medal anomalies in the ADF, with a view for Australian Operational Campaign and Australian Peacekeeper Medals.

To provide advice to members

At times, our members require assistance on a variety of issues. Our Association will actively seek out answers to these queries, and if we cannot help with a result, then we will refer them on to reputable agencies. Some areas where we have advised in the past include employment opportunities within the UN and State and public service, Home Loans, Eligibility regarding Operational Service and Medals as well as Welfare and Pensions and Superannuation (DFRDB & MSBS).

To make contact with an APPVA representative in your State, visit our website Contact List: http://peacekeepers.asn.au/contacts.htm

To promote fellowship amongst those who have served in Peacekeeping and Peacemaking Operations. There is nothing like catching up with those that you have served with, particularly overseas. They can be friendships that last a lifetime. We actively encourage this comradeship by arranging functions and get-togethers in particular on ANZAC Day, Peacekeepers Day (14 Sep) and UN Day commemorations (24 Oct).

To raise the profile of the skills used by members in their contribution to world peace and security. We are currently assisting the Australian War Memorial Post 1945 Conflicts Exhibition; contribution toward the four volumes of the Official History of Peacekeeping; Book projects that reflect the service at the coal-face level as well as the command levels.

Back to topBack to top

MEMBERSHIP

Membership to the APPVA includes Affiliate and Associate membership, which allows those members to participate within the APPVA, giving them a voice, along with those people who wish to be a part of a Younger Ex-Service Organisation (ESO) no matter where they served - overseas or on peacetime service within Australia. Family members of members may also become Affiliate Members of the APPVA.

Membership fees include copies of “The Peacekeeper” magazine and a lapel badge and are due on 01 July every year.

It is only with the ongoing diligence and support of our constituents that the quality of services available for our Veteran's will continue to improve.

HELP US TO HELP OTHERS AND BECOME A MEMBER

Membership Contact:

Email: membership@peacekeepers.asn.au

Phone: Mobile: 0419 544 342 Landline: (03) 9870 0528

Snail Mail:
Membership Secretary,
P.O. Box 480,
BORONIA,
VIC, 3155


POLICE OVERVIEW

Since 1964, when Australia first contributed police officers to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, Australia has provided civilian police for peacekeeping duties with the United Nations.

Since October 1979, the Australian Federal Police, along with other agencies, have responsibility to "Meet Australia's obligations to United Nations peacekeeping requests and the maintenance of regional stability impacting on national security and law and order". This responsibility involves working closely with other Australian agencies such as the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), Department of Defence and more recently, other Australian police services.
Back to topBack to top
Australian police have served in peacekeeping missions including: Australian police have also served in other non-UN Peace Operations such as: To view the various worldwide deployments of Australia's Police Forces, click here jpeg

In order to provide information as to the eligibility of Police Peacekeepers toward the VEA, please find attached some fact sheets. You will notice that operations that are currently served continue to have eligibility under the VEA.

DP80 Peacekeeping Service - Australian Police Contingents pdf document

AFP - VEA Eligibility pdf document

Whilst we are still yet to see further development of this Police International Compensation Scheme, it appears that the Commonwealth is moving along with the issue of Police overseas compensation.

Information on the National Police Service Medal:

National Police Service Medal 1512081 pdf document ; and NPSM letter to Queen pdf document 195 KB


For more information please visit the International Deployment Group section of the Australian Federal Police Website located at:
www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/our-work-overseas/international-deployment-group



APPVA POLICY DOCUMENTS

APPVA Constitution.pdf pdf document (101KB)

APPVA Privacy Charter pdf document

APPVA Awards System pdf document
Back to topBack to top

SPIA Australia

SOLDIERS of PEACE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION weblink S.P.I.A. website

Merv Letts - “Sinai Surgeon” - August 2011

Jacques Labrecque - Comments about SPIA - August 2011

BEST WISHES 2011 jpeg

OVERVIEW - March 2010 pdf document

Postcard Meilleurs Voeux 2010 de l'A.I.S.P. jpeg

UN Resolution 57/129 - International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers pdf document 101 KB

International Peacekeepers Day Invitation pdf document 106 KB

Meilleurs Voeux ~ Best Wishes for 2009!!!

UN SPIA pdf document

APPVA Letter: Canadian National Peacekeepers’ Day, 9th August 2009 pdf document
/ Reply from Don Bowman

APPVA Commemorates International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 29th May 2009 pdf document

Australians Recognised on UN Peacekeepers Day, 29 May 2009 pdf document


SPIA

Membership Agreement and Accreditation

SPIA Representative Accreditation, October 2009 pdf document 175 KB

Membership Agreement, 30th September 2009 pdf document 404 KB

UNOG Hall - image 2009 jpeg

APPVA / SPIA MOA signing - image 30th June 2008 jpeg

APPVA Affiliates with SPIA, 30th May 2008 pdf document 263 KB
Back to topBack to top

TRIBUTES

The tributes below have been contributed to reflect on the experiences, grief and gratitude of those who have either participated in,
or been close to those involved in Peacekeeping or Peacemaking operations.

Daddy's Poem
Back to topBack to top