The Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans’ Association Ltd. was established in 1993 following the return of peacekeepers from the United Nations Advanced Mission in Cambodia (UNAMIC) and the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC). These brave individuals observed that their fellow peacekeepers who had served with them on these missions were facing health issues, yet were not recognized as veterans by counseling services. Furthermore, during the next Anzac Day, these UNAMIC and UNTAC veterans were not given permission to march as a united group of Peacekeepers. This led to the formation of our organization, with the aim of rebuilding the sense of camaraderie experienced during our deployments.
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The Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Association (APPA) was formed on United Nations Day 24 October 1997. In 2003 the APPA was incorporated in Victoria as the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans’ Association Inc (APPVA) and permission was given for branches to be established in all states and territories.
The APPVA agreed to close all branches in 2019 and revert to the original element as the only entity to be recognised as the APPVA throughout Australia. That entity has since adopted best practice good governance and become a company limited by guarantee with a board of directors to provide its strategic direction, and a management committee to be accountable for the day to day operation of the Association. The APPVA is a registered charity.