Formed: 24 October 1997 (United Nations Day)
Current Constituency: 77,000 Veterans
Committee: The APPVA has an 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 Regional Coordinators in most State and Territories to provide direct assistance to serving and ex-serving members of organisations referred to in the background below.
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 deployed thousands of troops and police to War Service around the world. 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.
In 1989 Australia sent the first Engineer Contingent to Namibia in South West Africa. Since then, ADF members have served on warlike service in the following countries:
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. Reviewing a range of medal anomalies in the ADF.
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 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.
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.
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AUSTRALIAN PEACEKEEPING MEMORIAL
The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial was dedicated by the Governor-General, His Excellency General The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d), on Thursday, 14 September 2017.
ABC News article 14 Sep 2017: National peacekeeping memorial opens on Anzac Parade
The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial commemorates the significant contribution made ‘in the service of peace’ by over 80,000 Australian peacekeepers – military, police and civilian – to more than 60 United Nations and other international peacekeeping missions since 1947.
The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial is a living memorial in that it identifies past and future peacekeeping operations and ongoing national and individual commitment and sacrifice.
It acknowledges the deaths and casualties suffered by Australian Peacekeepers while deployed on operations. It recognises the critical contributions made by the Australian Defence Force, the Federal, State and Territory Police Forces, and Australian civilians to peacekeeping operations which are commanded or authorised by the United Nations, or are sanctioned by the Australian Government. It is a reminder of the difficulties and dangers international peacekeeping often faces in remote and isolated regions, where infrastructure is destroyed and peace is at best fragile. It acknowledges the skills, professionalism, resourcefulness and courage required of individuals in such circumstances, the often horrific humanitarian crises and human rights abuses they must confront and the long term emotional and physiological impact these experiences can have on individuals. It also reflects awareness of the support and sacrifices given by the families of peacekeepers.
The Memorial also seeks to show that Australia’s contribution to peacekeeping exemplifies Australian openness, fairness, egalitarianism, mateship, initiative, and respect for diversity and social justice for all people.
The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial is a focal point for national parades and remembrance ceremonies in recognition of Australian peacekeeping on appropriate occasions such as UN International Day of Peacekeepers (29th May), Australian Peacekeepers’ and Peacemakers’ Day (14th September), and United Nations Day (24th October). It also provides an opportunity for individuals, families and groups to remember, commemorate and reflect on the service of Australian military, police and civilian peacekeepers – past, present and future.
APMP. Over the 12 or so years leading up to the dedication, a voluntary group of Australian peacekeeping veterans and organisations worked, under the banner of the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project (APMP), on a vision to construct a national memorial to commemorate Australian Peacekeeping – past, present and future. The APMP thanks the many individuals and groups for their contributions to the project. These include the Australian Federal Government, the Australian Capital Territory Government, the Australian Defence Force, the Australian Federal, State and Territory Police, Commonwealth and State Departments who have deployed members on Australian peacekeeping operations, the Ex Service Organisations and Veterans communities, the Media and the Australian Public. Thanks also to donations from several nations where Australian peacekeepers had served, Australian companies, veterans organisations and individuals, the project raised the funds necessary to construct the memorial.
Design. The national memorial to Australian Peacekeepers was developed from the winning design announced by the then Minister for Veterans Affairs in December 2008. The striking design includes a Commemorative Beam that lists all Australian peacekeeping missions. The Commemorative beam sits at the back of a commemorative courtyard that includes sentiments and phrases that describe the characteristics of peacekeeping operations. This courtyard is reached by passing through a centrally lit passage between two six-metre high black monoliths that dominate the entrance from ANZAC Parade. The two monoliths represent the two opposing factions and the passage way between the monoliths is lit to reflect the peacekeepers who strive to bring the opposing factions together. Flags, symbols and explanatory plaques within the design explain and identify the contributors and characteristics of Australian peacekeeping – past, present and future.
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.
Australian police have served in peacekeeping missions including:
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.
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:
For more information please visit the International Deployment Group section of the Australian Federal Police Website located at: