ESO Round Table (ESORT) aims to address issues of strategic importance to the ex-service and defence communities and assist in setting directions for the medium to long term. Specific responsibilities include:
· acting as the main forum for dialogue between the Military Rehabilitation Compensation Commission (MRCC), Repatriation Commission, Department of Veterans' Affairs and the leadership of the ESO and Defence communities
· providing advice on how government can better facilitate a common approach to veteran and ex-service issues against the current background of ageing members, declining membership and multiple ex-service organisations not necessarily united in their common concerns
· guiding strategic directions for the portfolio
· serving as the main body for consultation under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 on the development of legislative instruments impacting members of the ex service and Defence communities. Our attendee is the Chairman, Rob Woods, JP. Further information on the ESORT can be found here.
The ESORT Multi-Act Working Group is a sub committee of ESO advocates and other volunteers that examines ways to improve the workings of the DVA Acts for the betterment of veterans and the veteran community. Our attendee is the Vice Chairman, Ian Lindgren
The OWP is focussed at the state representative and advocate level of knowledge and:
· enhances the ex-service community’s understanding of DVA’s service delivery performance through information sharing and improved communication between DVA and the ex-service community,
· is a forum for ex-service organisations to discuss concerns arising from the delivery of DVA services, and
· identify and provide recommendations for improvements in operational policy to promote quality and accountability in service delivery.
Our attendee is the NSW State Representative, Matt Burke, OAM. Further information on the OWP can be found here.
This Forum is intended to:
· assist in identifying priority emerging issues for veterans across the age and conflict spectrum particularly in the areas of mental and social health
· assist in identifying emerging issues for veterans' families and support networks
· identify and analyse trends across veteran cohorts and geography and raise awareness of these increasing and common issues with subject-matter experts from the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) and other state or Commonwealth government departments and agencies as appropriate
· assist in identifying opportunities for increased engagement with younger veterans who are geographically dislocated or not affiliated with ex-service organisations (ESOs) through the appropriate media and internet technology
· enhance the ex-service community's understanding of DVA's service delivery performance through information sharing and improved communication between DVA and the ex-service community
· identify and provide recommendations for improvements in DVA's operational policy to promote quality and accountability in service delivery.
Our attendee is the Communications Manager, Kris Milne. Further information on the Younger Veterans — Contemporary Needs Forum can be found here.
The Deputy Commissioner's Consultation Forum will enable consultation and discussion between the Deputy Commissioner and representatives of the ex-service and associated organisations, Defence personnel and their families, and others in the community linked to veteran welfare. Each state representative attends these meetings held by the DVA Deputy Commissioner in each state/territory.