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DVA Information

The Veterans’ Affairs Information Kit is a guide for payments and services provided by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) drawn from DVA Facts Sheets. It provides a comprehensive guide to payments and services available to veterans and their families including the current rates of pensions and allowances: Vet Affairs Info Kit » 2015 pdf document 474 KB

The DVA website has a full database listing of DVA Fact Sheets that are updated regularly. To check for updated Fact Sheets link to the: on-line News article DVA Fact Sheets web page.

Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST)

What is the BEST program?

The on-line News article Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) Grants program supports ex-service organisations (ESOs) to provide compensation and welfare assistance to the veteran and Defence community. It also links closely to the on-line News article Advocacy Training and Development Program, which provides the essential skills for claims, advocacy and welfare work.


Training Information Program (TIP) » Advocacy Training and Development Program (ATDP)

The Training and Information Program (TIP) was a partnership between the ex-service organisations and the Department. TIP provided compensation and welfare training to new and existing advocates, to support current and former Australian Defence Force members and their dependents in accessing their entitlements.

TIP is being replaced by the on-line News article Advocacy Training and Development Program, which is the next evolution of TIP. The ATDP is a nationally accredited training program that through competency based training and development will help to ensure a consistent standard of advocacy services is provided to veterans and their dependents.

See also:

on-line News article Factsheet GS02 - Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST)

on-line News article Factsheet GS05 - Grants-In-Aid (GIA) Program


Resources for Pension and Welfare Officers

on-line News article Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) - Who we are and how we can help.

on-line News article Bereavement assistance Information about preparing for bereavement is available through DVA, including a Planning Ahead Kit, key forms and advice about what to do upon death. on-line News article Consolidated Library of Information and Knowledge (CLIK) contains legislative, policy and reference material used by DVA staff in providing service to the clients of the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

on-line News article Consolidated Library of Information and Knowledge (CLIK) 6.5.11 ADF Medical Employment Classification Scheme (MEC).

on-line News article DVA Factsheet DP23 - Guide to the Assessment of Rates of Veterans’ Pensions (GARP).

on-line News article Australian Government Federal Register of Legislation: Guide to the Assessment of Rates of Veterans' Pensions (No.2) (GARP) - August 2016

on-line News article DVA Grants What DVA grants programs are available?

on-line News article DVA Factsheet MRC25 - How to Make a Claim under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA).

on-line News article DVA Factsheet MCS13 - How to claim benefits under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA).

on-line News article DVA Factsheet DP01 - Overview of Disability Pensions and Allowances under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA).

on-line News article Australian Government: Guide to Social Security Law 4.3.5.30 About DVA Disability Pensions.

on-line News article Repatriation handbooks for welfare and pensions officers covers entitlements available under veterans’ and associated legislation and information on a range of health and community services.

on-line News article Repatriation Medical Authority (RMA) Statements of Principles (SOPs)

on-line News article Veterans' Review Board (VRB) - Preparing for a Hearing at the VRB.
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Forums & Meetings

on-line News article DVA ESO Round Table

on-line News article DVA State and Territory forums

on-line News article DVA Young Veterans – Contemporary Needs Forum (YVF)

APPVA NATIONAL FORUM - Oct 2016

National Presidents' Annual Report pdf document

APPVA NATIONAL FORUM - Oct 2015

National Presidents' Annual Report pdf document

APPVA NATIONAL FORUM - Oct 2014

National Presidents' Annual Report pdf document

APPVA NATIONAL FORUM - Oct 2013

National Presidents' Annual Report pdf document

APPVA NATIONAL FORUM - Oct 2012

National Presidents' Annual Report pdf document

AGENDA 2012/2013

Viet Nam Veteran Family Study Consultative Forum pdf document - Nov 2011

National Mental Health Forum pdf document - Nov 2011

APPVA NATIONAL FORUM - Oct 2011

Minutes QGM pdf document 403 KB

Minutes AGM pdf document 451 KB

Revised Action Plan pdf document

Emerging Issues Forum (EIF) in Canberra pdf document 128 KB - Sep 2010

APPVA Priority List - Action Plan pdf document - Oct 2010

Emerging Issues Forum (EIF) in Canberra pdf document 170 KB - Feb 2010


APPVA NATIONAL FORUM - Feb 2010

National Presidents' Annual Report pdf document

APPVA Report Card 2010 pdf document

Brief to Ex-Service Organisations on implementation of Healthcare Identifiers Service pdf document 160 KB - Nov 2009

APPVA NATIONAL FORUM - Feb 2009

National Presidents' Annual Report pdf document

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Speech pdf document

APPVA Priority List - Action Plan for 08-09
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National Veteran Mental Health Well-being Forum pdf document - Nov 2007

National ESO Forum - Issues from the APPVA pdf document 162 KB - Aug 2007

Statement by National President's Forum pdf document 276 KB - Aug 2007

National Younger Veterans' Consultative Forum pdf document - Jun 2007

National Veteran Mental Health Wellbeing Forum pdf document - Apr 2007

Notes from the Defence Links Forum, Canberra pdf document - Jun 2006

APPA Vic Branch Conference with Ex-Service Organisations & Government Organisations pdf document - Nov 2001

Papers

APPVA Paper on Listing of ADF Personnel killed on Prescribed Operations on Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour pdf document 525 KB - Feb 2013

Defence Advocacy & Ex-Service Organisations Issues Paper pdf document 269 KB - Mar 2011

ESO Issues Paper 2009 lodged with Govt from Ex-Service Organisations Round Table pdf document 289 KB - Nov 2009

Discussion Paper - Net Cost for Improved Indexation pdf document 640 KB - Nov 2009

Discussion Paper for adequate Recognition of ADF & Police Service for NWLS Peacekeeping Ops Overseas pdf document - May 2008

APPVA Paper of Problematic Areas of Medically Discharged Soldiers pdf document - Apr 2008
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Projects & Studies

We assist various organisations, qualified professionals and individuals to gather information through veteran related projects and studies. The purpose of this is to help with the development and refinement of treatment methods and other repatriation issues and to provide an improved understanding of the effects of operational deployments both for services and ex-services professionals and for the public. With ongoing diligence and the support of our constituents the quality of services available for our Veteran's will continue to improve.

Presently, we are also assisting the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project with fundraising as the memorial cannot happen unless sufficient funds can be raised for its construction.

Please note that the contact details for the studies and projects are listed within the attached documents. The APPVA does not handle enquiries regarding any content posted to this part of the site.


AUSTRALIAN PEACEKEEPING MEMORIAL PROJECT NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT pdf document 305 KB yes



on-line News article Vietnam Veterans' Family Study: - Oct 2014

on-line News article Rwanda Deployment Health Study - Centre for Australian Military and Veterans’ Health (University of Queensland): - Oct 2014

on-line News article Australian Peacekeepers' health study (University of Melbourne): - Aug 2014
on-line News article TIMOR-LESTE FAMILY STUDY - Centre for Australian Military and Veterans’ Health (University of Queensland): - Sep 2012
JET FUEL EXPOSURE SYNDROME (JFES) STUDY - Mater Medical Research Institute (MMRI) in Brisbane - Mar 2012
REVIEW OF PTSD GROUP TREATMENT PROGRAMS: Final Report pdf document 845 KB - Nov 2011
on-line News article The health and wellbeing of female Vietnam and contemporary veterans: - Apr 2011
'PEACEBUILDING COMPARED' PROJECT - Australian National University - Aug 2009


DUNT SUICIDE STUDY pdf document 565 KB - Jan 2009

DUNT REVIEW OF MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN ADF AND TRANSITION THROUGH DISCHARGE pdf document 720 KB - Jan 2009

Washington Academy of Sciences 2007: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - What Happens in the Brain? pdf document 332 KB


on-line News article Review of SAS Veterans' Health Concerns - Mar 2004

on-line News article Gulf War Veterans' Health Study - Feb 2003

For Veterans of Cambodia - Soksabaay

A 4 DVD set called "Soksabaay" has been produced by Dave Menz, a former member of the FCU - UNTAC.

The DVDs are mastered from original film footage taken in-country. The contents of the DVDs include:

DVD 1 - Soksabaay 1 to 5 inclusive,
DVD 2 - Aussies in Cambodia Jun 92 to Mar 93,
DVD 3 - Briefing, and
DVD 4 - Red Faces.

Each person wanting a set will need to send 4 blank DVD s including a mailing package, with prepaid postage and return address for delivery. The Soksabaay set will then be posted back within 48 hrs.

To find out more information in obtaining a DVD set, email Dave Menz or call him on his mobile: 0439 382 346

Submission Documentation

Special Rate Disability Pension Offsetting against COMSUPER Pensions pdf document - Aug 2015

The Proposed Governor General Medal for Next of Kin who are Killed in Action & the Proposed “Sacrifice” Medal pdf document 1.32 MB - Aug 2012

APPVA Reply to The Government Response to The Military Rehabilitation & Compensation Arrangements Review pdf document 352 KB - Aug 2012

APPVA / VVAA Response Paper to The Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Arrangements Review Recommendations pdf document 840 KB - Jul 2011

APPVA Submission for the Inquiry into recognition of service with OPERATION LAGOON 1994 pdf document 152 KB - May 2011 DHAT Report on Inquiry into the recognition for members of RCB for service in Malaysia 1970 - 1989 pdf document 524 KB - Feb 2011

APPVA Submission to DHAT Inquiry into the recognition of Service with CMF - Rhodesia 1979 - 1980 pdf document 226 KB - Jul 2010 Election Issues to the Federal Government, The Opposition and Interested Political Parties, FOR YOUNG VETERANS pdf document - Jun 2010

APPVA Complete RCB Review Submission pdf document 115 KB - Jun 2010

Inquiry into Recognition for ADF Personnel who served as Peacekeepers from 1947 Onward pdf document 3.39MB - Jan 2010 Case for AASM 1975 to ADF pers who served with Australian Contingent Northern Iraq on OPERATION HABITAT pdf document - Jan 2010

Submission to DHAT for Inquiry into the recognition of ADF Service in PNG from 16th Sep 1975 onwards pdf document 1.77MB - Dec 2009

Senator Fielding on Veterans & Fed Govt Review of Pension Indexation Arrangements in ComSuper Schemes - Nov 2009

Request for Ratification of Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Issues – AWM pdf document - Oct 2009

Combined ESO Response to Fed Govt Review of Pension Indexation Arrangements in ComSuper Schemes (Cover Letter) pdf document - Sep 2009

Combined ESO Response to Fed Govt Review of Pension Indexation Arrangements in ComSuper Schemes pdf document 206 KB - Sep 2009

Thornton response to Mathews Report pdf document 292 KB - Sep 2009

APPVA Submission to DHA Tribunal for Inquiry into the recognition of ADF Service in Somalia 1992-1995 pdf document 1.44MB - Aug 2009 APPVA Submission to the Review of Military Compensation Arrangements pdf document 780 KB - Jul 2009

APPVA Submission to the Government Review into the Veteran Entitlement Review Committee (Clarke Review) 2009 Main pdf document 198 KB - Mar 2009 APPVA Reclass OP ASTUTE pdf document - Mar 2009

APPVA Reclass Op Paladin (UNTSO) Letter pdf document - Mar 2009

Operation Ashika Assist Tonga pdf document - Aug 2009

APPVA Reclass Humanitarian Ops Submission pdf document - Dec 2008

APPVA Reclass Op Astute Submission pdf document - Nov 2008

APPVA Submission to the DHAT Into Eligibility of the ADM pdf document 287 KB - Sep 2008

APPVA Medal Policy Submission pdf document 387 KB - Sep 2008

APPVA Reclass Op Palladin (UNTSO) Submission pdf document 3.2MB - May 2008

APPVA Paper of Problematic Areas of Medically Discharged Soldiers pdf document - Apr 2008

APPVA Review of Defence Honours, Awards and Commendation Policies pdf document 268 KB - Feb 2008

APPVA Response to the ALP Policy of Veterans’ Affairs pdf document 340 KB - Jan 2008

APPVA Submission to Senate Hearing Committee of Australia’s Involvement in Peacekeeping Operations pdf document 120 KB - Mar 2007

Operation Papua New Guinea Assist pdf document - 2007

Op Pakistan Assist pdf document - 2005/06

Operation Sumatra Assist pdf document - 2004/05

APPVA Response to PROJECT AKESA (The Hidden Wounded) pdf document - 2004

APPVA Feedback of the Proposed NOSR pdf document - 2004 APPVA Submission to the Senate Hearing Committee of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Bill (MCRB) 2003 read first time (4th December 2003) pdf document - Jan 2004 Operation Bali Assist pdf document - 2002

Request Status of Awarding MUC to the Force Communications Unit UNTAC (1991-1993) pdf document - Jun 2002

Proposal to AVADSC for Younger Veteran Issues to be Ratified pdf document - May 2002

APPA Submission to the Veterans Review Committee pdf document 2.3MB - Feb 2002

Proposal to APPA for Younger Veteran Issues to be Ratified pdf document - Jan 2002

Request for Ratification of Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Issues to Australian War Memorial pdf document - Dec 2001

Younger Veteran Issues pdf document - Oct 2001


Veterans Assistance Programs

Due to the constant high tempo of operations involving the ADF and the Federal, State and Territory Police services, increasing numbers of our services and ex-services men and women are requiring ongoing or post discharge support. A number of ex-service organisations (ESOs) have worked together to create the programs shown below to meet the needs of the growing Veteran community. With feedback and support from our constituents coupled with the enduring diligence and influence of the ESOs, the range, nature and accessibility of these services for our Veterans will continue to improve.

on-line News article VVCS - Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service
The VVCS provides counselling and group programs to Australian veterans, peacekeepers and their families. It is a specialised, free and confidential Australia-wide service.
Calls to VVCS – 1800 011 046 from two of Australia's largest mobile providers Telstra and Vodafone are now free of charge. Calls from landlines remain free. Calls from other mobiles and from pay phones may incur charges.

on-line News article AT EASE - DVA Veteran & ADF community Mental Health Resources
This website is designed to help you, or someone you know, recognise signs of mental health problems and act to improve and maintain health and wellbeing.

on-line News article OPERATION CARE
The aim of Operation CARE is to assist wounded Defence personnel and their immediate family to recover from both the physical scars incurred from combat, by providing them some quality time together in a relaxing and stress-free environment. It is also extended to the widows of those servicemen killed in action.

SUPPORT for YOUNGER VETERANS' IN RESIDENTIAL CARE pdf document
Assistance for the provision of residential care for the severely wounded and disabled.

on-line News article Mental Health Association Australia
A non-Government, not-for-profit organisation that promotes awareness, acceptance and action on mental health for all Australians.
The website offers information, support details, and details of the Mental Health Information Line and the Online Support Service - 9am to 7pm, Mon-Fr.
You can call the Mental Health Information Line on 1300 729 686 for the cost of a local call.

CARRY ON (Victoria) pdf document 292 KB
An organisation of ex-servicemen and women and like-minded citizens dedicated to helping needy ex-servicemen and women and their dependants.