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Formed: 24 October 1997 (United Nations Day) 

Current Constituency: 77,000 Veterans 

APPVA PATRON
Major General Ian Gordon, AO (Ret’d)

Major General Ian Gordon, AO (Ret’d)

 

Major General Ian Gordon graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1973 and was allocated to the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. He attended the Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham, United Kingdom and the Australian Army’s Command and Staff College course at Queenscliff in 1985. 

In 1990 Ian was posted to command the 1st Signals Regiment in Brisbane and in 1991 the first Australian Contingent with the UN Mission for a Referendum in Western Sahara. For his service at the 1st Signals Regiment and with the United Nations he was made a Member of the Order of Australia. 

Ian was Director of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals from 1993 until 1995, and in 1996 he attended the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies. In 1998 he was appointed as Commandant of the Army Command and Staff College. 

In September 2001, Ian was promoted to his Major General and posted to East Timor as the Deputy Force Commander in the United Nations Transitional Authority in East Timor. On return to Australia he took up the appointment as Commander, Training Command – Army and then Deputy Chief of the Army in May 2004. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for his distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force in senior command and staff appointments. 

In December 2006, Ian was seconded to the United Nations to serve for two years as the Head of Mission of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation in Jerusalem. 

Ian retired from the Regular Army in May 2009. He is now a full-time carer for his wife Ula who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2006 and they have three children. 

Ian had his book Strike and Strike Again, a history of 455 Squadron RAAF, published by Banner Books. In 1999 Ian established his own publishing business, Barrallier Books Pty Ltd and Echo Books which continues to publish, print and sell books for Australian and New Zealand authors. 

Ian is a Director of Multiple Sclerosis (ACT/NSW/Vic) and Multiple Sclerosis Australia, and Chair of the Multiple Sclerosis Advisory Board in the ACT. He has been deputy chair of the Peacekeeping Memorial Committee and maintains a close interest in Peacekeeping and the work of the United Nations.

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.

APPVA NATIONAL STRUCTURE


The APPVA has a small number of employees as well as numerous volunteers who work to assist individual veterans in the provision of advocacy, compensation, pensions and welfare matters at the National, State and Territory levels. At the National level, the APPVA also lobbies the Federal Government, DVA and other organisations in order to improve the welfare of Veteran’s represented by the APPVA. The APPVA committee structure is as follows:

APPVA National Executive Committee. The APPVA National Executive Committee convenes with Branch Presidents and State Points of Contact on a quarterly and annual basis to work on strategic planning objectives, resolution of a range of veteran issues, Action Plan items, matters of National importance to the APPVA, and election of office bearers.

In addition to the above, the National Executive Committee meets monthly in order to administer the day-to-day business of the APPVA, and to action business plans and any outstanding items from General Meetings. Specifically, the National Executive Committee is divided into the following groups:

National Executive: National President, National Vice President, National Treasurer and National Secretary; and

National Committee: Appointed committee members such as the National Police Liaison Officer, National Membership Secretary, National Editor and Marketing Officer, National Merchandise Officer and Assistants to the National Secretary and the National Treasurer.

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 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:

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. 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

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: membership@peacekeepers.asn.au 

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 

National Peacekeeping Memorial Dedication

National Peacekeeping Memorial Dedication

Address: ANZAC Parade, Canberra, ACT.

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. 

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.

Australian police have served in peacekeeping missions including:

  • Cyprus
  • Cambodia
  • Thailand
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Nauru
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Vanuatu
  • Afghanistan
Australian police have also served in other non-UN Peace Operations such as:
  • Bougainville (UN Sanctioned, Australian - New Zealand led)
  • Haiti (UN Sanctioned, United States led)
  • Solomon Islands (Australian - New Zealand led)
AFPmap

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

AFP – VEA Eligibility

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 ; and NPSM letter to Queen

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 

Membership Agreement and Accreditation

APPVA / SPIA MOA signing – image 30th June 2008
UNOG Hall – image 2009