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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
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24 August 2016

DVA supports vibrant veteran networks

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, today announced 15 ex-service organisations would share in nearly $140,000 Grants in Aid funding in 2016–17.

“The Grants in Aid program provides administrative support to national ex-service organisations in recognition of the work they do supporting the veteran community,” Mr Tehan said.

“The program helps to fund representational activities aimed at improving connectedness between the head office of a national organisation and its state and local branches.

“These activities contribute toward an organisation’s governance and responsiveness to national issues. They play an important role to ensure the issues facing local veterans, regardless of when or where they served, are shared and understood by ex-service organisations and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

“These activities contribute to the capacity of ex-service organisations and the vitality of the veteran community as a whole. Ultimately, this is funding that will help veterans to help veterans.

“In recognition of their service, the Government is committed to supporting and improving services for our many veterans, war widows and widowers, current serving Australian Defence Force personnel and their families.”

For more information on Grants in Aid, visit or call 133 254 or 1800 555 254 for regional callers.

Media Contacts:

Minister Tehan’s office – Byron Vale 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Note: A list of grant recipients is attached.

Grants In Aid 2016-17 Funding Round 18
Recipient Amount $
Defence Force Welfare Association $9,091
Naval Association of Australia - Federal Council $10,000
Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia Incorporated $10,000
War Widows' Guild of Australia Incorporated $9,091
Legacy Australia Incorporated $9,091
National Servicemen's Association of Australia Incorporated $6,467
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia Incorporated $9,091
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Incorporated $9,091
Australian Veterans and Defence Services Council Incorporated $9,500
Mates4Mates $9,091
The Australian Federation of TPI Ex­Servicemen and Women $9,091
The RAAC Corporation Limited $10,000
The Royal Australian Regiment Corporation $10,000
Australian Peacekeeper's & Peacemakers Veterans' Association (Incorporated in Victoria) $9,091
Australian Special Air Service Association (Inc) $10,000


Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.