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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
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Thursday, 10 August 2017

$4m for veterans helping veterans

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced almost $4 million in Government funding for essential advice, advocacy and welfare services for veterans, serving members and their families, war widows and widowers.

“The Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program will support 142 ex-service organisations (ESOs) across Australia to continue providing help and advice to the veteran community,” Mr Tehan said.

“This funding helps committed organisations continue their essential work – veterans helping veterans.

“The Government is committed to providing ongoing support for our veterans, war widows and widowers, current serving Australian Defence Force personnel and their families.”

BEST grants fund ESOs for a range of veteran support measures, including salaries for trained advocates and pension staff, essential office supplies, computer equipment, internet access and other administrative needs.

For more information on BEST grants visit www.dva.gov.au/grants or call 133 254 or 1800 555 254 for regional callers.

Media enquiries:

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

Note: A list of grant recipients is below. All figures are GST inclusive (where applicable). In accordance with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines, approved grants will be added to the list on the DVA website within 14 days of the funding agreement between DVA and the organisation taking effect.

Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) Grants Round 19 (2017-18)
To support Ex-Service Organisations advocates in providing advice and assistance to the Veteran and Defence communities
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY RECIPIENTS LOCATION ELECTORATE AMOUNT
The Legacy Club of Canberra Incorporated Deakin Canberra $20,508.85
Vietnam Veterans' and Veterans Federation ACT Incorporated Page Fenner $88,938.69
Defence Force Welfare Association - ACT Branch Incorporated Duntroon Canberra $2,000.00
Woden Valley RSL Sub•branch Incorporated Phillip Canberra $27,816.95
NEW SOUTH WALES RECIPIENTS LOCATION ELECTORATE AMOUNT
RSL Cardiff RSL Sub•branch Cardiff Shortland $9,002.73
Legacy and Veteran Advisory Service Incorporated Springwood Macquarie $23,650.26
Moruya RSL Sub•branch Moruya Gilmore $2,593.05
Ashfield RSL Sub•branch Ashfield Watson $11,908.63
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia St Marys Outpost St Mary's Lindsay $40,704.28
Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans' Association Incorporated (NSW Office) Alstonville Page $69,287.89
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia Far North Coast (NSW) Sub•branch  Incorporated Goonellabah Page $22,867.71
Woy Woy Ettalong Hardy's Bay RSL Sub•branch Ettalong Robertson $6,870.74
Vietnam Veterans' Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association of Australia (NSW Branch) Incorporated Granville Parramatta $164,374.76
Tamworth RSL Sub•branch Tamworth New England $22,777.58
Vietnam Veterans Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Association of Australia Central Coast Sub•branch Incorporated Ettalong Beach Robertson $17,324.59
Tweed Heads and Coolangatta RSL Sub•branch Tweed Heads Richmond $41,566.23
Coffs Harbour Legacy Welfare Fund Incorporated Coffs Harbour Cowper $15,085.45
Integrated Servicepeople's Association of Australia (Incorporated) Bethungra Riverina $19,835.95
Avalon Beach RSL Sub•branch Avalon Beach Mackellar $10,401.53
Newcastle Legacy Mayfield Newcastle $30,357.44
Port Stephens Veterans Network Tanilba Bay Paterson $50,200.78
Ourimbah Lisarow RSL Sub•branch Ourimbah Dobell $3,220.56
Dungog RSL Sub•branch Dungog Lyne $1,960.00
RSL Welfare and Benevolent Institution Sydney Sydney $191,281.03
Illawarra Veterans' Entitlement Service Jamberoo Gilmore $37,499.62
Legacy NSW Associated Clubs Sydney Sydney $182,058.99
Legacy NSW Associated Clubs (Tamworth) Tamworth New England $8,700.00
Legacy NSW Associated Clubs (Far North Coast) Lismore Page $16,497.21
Newcastle and Hunter Region Vietnam Veterans' Incorporated Wallsend Newcastle $10,080.96
Vietnam Veterans' Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association of Australia (NSW Branch) Incorporated Hastings Manning Macleay Branch Port Macquarie Cowper $34,405.54
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Macarthur Sub•branch Incorporated Campbelltown Macarthur $4,714.80
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia New South Wales Branch Incorporated Coniston Cunningham $2,494.80
Naval Association of Australia Incorporated Rooty Hill Sub•section Whalan Chifley $3,193.89
Maitland RSL Sub•branch Maitland Paterson $5,626.82
Brisbane Water (NSW) Legacy Point Frederick Robertson $10,834.29
War Widows Guild of Australia NSW Limited Sydney Sydney $40,551.82
Cootamundra Sub•branch RSL Cootamundra Riverina $4,312.36
North Bondi RSL Sub•branch Bondi Junction Wentworth $80,736.62
Nowra RSL Sub•branch Nowra Gilmore $631.36
Veterans Centre Mid North Coast Coffs Harbour Cowper $30,976.69
Hunter Legacy Appeals Fund East Maitland Paterson $6,237.00
Ingleburn Sub•branch of the RSL of Australia (NSW Branch) Ingleburn Macarthur $5,268.18
Eurobodalla Vietnam Veterans Incorporated Moruya Gilmore $4,482.00
The Returned Services League of Australia Doyalson Wyee RSL Sub•branch Doyalson Shortland $732.82
NORTHERN TERRITORY RECIPIENTS LOCATION ELECTORATE AMOUNT
VVAA NT Rural Sub•branch Incorporated Bees Creek Lingiari $10,173.56
Palmerston RSL Sub•branch Palmerston Solomon $17,456.12
QUEENSLAND RECIPIENTS LOCATION ELECTORATE AMOUNT
Australian Army Aviation Association Incorporated Brookfield Ryan $2,494.36
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Manly- Lota Sub•branch Incorporated Manly Bonner $18,622.73
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Cooroy Pomona Sub•branch Incorporated Cooroy Wide Bay $20,100.00
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Redlands Sub•branch  Incorporated Cleveland Bowman $61,868.35
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Gaythorne RSL Sub•branch Incorporated Michelton Ryan $18,781.01
Defence Force Welfare Association Qld Branch Incorporated Enoggera Brisbane $14,065.44
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia Bundaberg and District Sub•branch  Incorporated Bundaberg Hinkler $6,407.50
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Beenleigh & District Sub•branch Incorporated Mt Warren Park Forde $8,084.91
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Sandgate Sub•branch Inc Sandgate Lilley $39,430.18
Veterans Support and Advocacy Service Australia Incorporated Toowong Ryan $23,844.09
Armed Services Assistance Centre Incorporated New Farm Brisbane $83,582.50
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Currumbin Palm Beach RSL Sub•branch Currumbin McPherson $34,927.46
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Gympie Sub•branch  Incorporated Gympie Wide Bay $9,896.11
Vietnam Veterans' Federation of Australia Queensland Branch Incorporated Nerang Moncrieff $137,187.91
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Moreton District Branch Incorporated Ipswich Blair $87,557.11
Vietnam Veterans' Federation Townsville Incorporated Townsville Herbert $17,171.92
Returned & Services Leage of Australia (Queensland Branch) Sherwood Indooroopilly RSL Sub•branch Incorporated Corinda Moreton $37,094.12
Surfers Paradise RSL Sub•branch Incorporated Surfers Paradise Moncrieff $21,573.57
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) National Servicemen's Combined Central Sub•branch Incorporated Park Avenue Capricornia $10,164.00
The Legacy Club of Brisbane Limited South Brisbane Griffith $106,064.53
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia (Queensland Branch) Hervey Bay City Sub•branch Incorporated Pialba Hinkler $52,846.85
Gold Coast Legacy Club Incorporated Labrador Fadden $9,817.75
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Townsville Sub•branch  Incorporated Hermit Park Herbert $38,363.01
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Incorporated Fortitude Valley Brisbane $256,227.77
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Townsville Sub•branch Kirwan Herbert $11,530.03
Legacy Club of Fraser Coast and Country Burnett Incorporated Maryborough Wide Bay $17,318.18
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Gladstone Sub•branch  Incorporated Gladstone Flynn $7,551.51
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Pine Rivers District Sub•branch Incorporated Kallangur Dickson $11,888.09
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Edmonton Sub•branch  Incorporated Edmonton Kennedy $11,557.85
Totally and Permanently Disabled Ex Servicepersons Association (Townsville) Incorporated South Townsville Herbert $8,595.72
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia - Queensland Branch Incorporated Burpengary Longman $2,528.82
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Beachmere Sub•branch Incorporated Beachmere Longman $805.41
Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Banyo Sub•branch  Incorporated Banyo Lilley $5,796.82
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Tewantin- Noosa Sub•branch Incorporated Tewantin Wide Bay $10,845.45
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Hervey Bay Sub•branch Incorporated Pialba Hinkler $66,194.82
Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans Association Queensland Branch Incorporated Kallangur Dickson $74,738.72
The Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Queensland Branch (Brisbane North) Incorporated Kallangur Dickson $3,810.24
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Samford Sub•branch  Incorporated Samford Dickson $17,379.57
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (Queensland Branch) Incorporated Burpengary Longman $4,059.09
Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Geebung Zillmere Bald Hills Aspley Sub•branch Incorporated Geebung Lilley $12,568.34
The Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Greenbank Sub•branch Inc Hillcrest Rankin $9,654.12
National Servicemens Association of Australia (Queensland) Incorporated Camp Hill Griffith $32,701.16
Returned & Services League of Australia (QLD Branch) Isis Sub•branch Incorporated Childers Hinkler $3,288.60
The Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Mary Valley Sub•branch Incorporated Imbil Wide Bay $15,127.55
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Bundaberg Sub•branch Incorporated Bundaberg Hinkler $25,807.27
Veterans Care Association Incorporated Kelvin Grove Brisbane $5,171.04
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Maleny Sub•branch  Incorporated Maleny Fisher $271.82
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Coolum Peregian Sub•branch Incorporated Coolum Beach Fairfax $38,919.30
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Wide Bay & Burnett District Branch Incorporated Bundaberg Hinkler $17,883.17
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Herbert River Sub•branch Incorporated Ingham Kennedy $4,127.76
Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Kingaroy-Memerambi Sub•branch Incorporated Kingaroy Maranoa $17,393.06
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN  RECIPIENTS LOCATION ELECTORATE AMOUNT
Plympton Glenelg RSL Sub•branch Incorporated Plympton Hindmarsh $4,035.45
Submarines Association of Australia South Australia Incorporated North Haven Port Adelaide $1,751.60
RAAF Association Mitcham Branch Incorporated Hawthorn Boothby $3,832.00
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia - South Australian Branch Incorporated Adelaide Adelaide $23,960.00
Legacy Club of Adelaide Adelaide Adelaide $43,058.28
Vietnam Veterans Federation South Australian Branch Incorporated Warradale Boothby $6,012.87
South East Veteran's Information Centre Mount Gambier Barker $5,386.80
Ex-Service Persons Pension Office (SA) McLaren Vale Mayo $6,864.00
TASMANIAN RECIPIENTS LOCATION ELECTORATE AMOUNT
The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex•Servicemen and Women (Tasmanian Branch) Incorporated North Hobart Denison $21,251.07
Tasmanian Ex•Service and Serving Support Association (TESSA) Incorporated New Town Denison $87,826.54
VICTORIAN RECIPIENTS LOCATION ELECTORATE AMOUNT
Defence Force Welfare Association Victoria Branch South Bank Melbourne Ports $5,443.20
Mornington Peninsula Legacy Club Incorporated Mt Eliza Dunkley $7,493.18
Wimmera Veterans Centre Horsham Mallee $9,345.11
West Gippsland Veterans Welfare Centre Drouin McMillan $1,926.00
Swan Hill & District Veterans' Information Centre Swan Hill Mallee $8,400.73
Geelong•Surf Coast Regional Veterans Centre Belmont Corangamite $34,128.97
Sunraysia Regional Veterans Centre Mildura Mallee $6,885.62
South West Veterans Centre Warrnambool Wannon $1,728.70
Southern Peninsula Veterans Centre Rosebud Flinders $56,440.15
South Eastern Regional Veterans Centre Victoria Malvern East Higgins $5,331.36
Melbourne Veterans and Services Support Centre South Bank Melbourne Ports $66,282.30
Hume Veterans' Information Centre Wodonga Indi $70,161.82
Echuca Moama Veterans Support Centre Echuca Murray $6,795.91
Gippsland Veterans Welfare Centre Sale Gippsland $41,941.09
Central Victorian Veterans' Support Centre Bendigo Bendigo $86,669.09
Casey Regional Veterans Welfare Centre Cranbourne Holt $1,176.36
Ballarat RSL Sub•branch Incorporated Ballarat Ballarat $9,961.04
Moe and District Veterans and Services Support Centre Moe McMillan $2,749.69
Hastings RSL Sub•branch Hastings Flinders $3,452.70
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN RECIPIENTS LOCATION ELECTORATE AMOUNT
The Port Kennedy RSL Sub•branch (Incorporated) Port Kennedy Brand $4,696.36
Defence Force Welfare Association (Western Australia Branch) Incorporated Karrakatta Curtin $8,000.00
Australian Special Air Service Association Incorporated Swanbourne Curtin $9,720.09
Legacy Fund of Perth Incorporated West Perth Perth $97,995.65
Partners of Veterans Association Western Australia Incorporated Perth Perth $3,582.73
Australian Navy in Vietnam Veterans Welfare Association of Western Australia Incorporated East Fremantle Fremantle $11,650.00
Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association (Western Australia Division) Applecross Tangney $2,530.91
Returned and Services League Albany Sub•branch Albany O'Connor $1,894.00
Vietnam Logistic Support Veterans' Association (WA) Incorporated Yangebup Fremantle $6,625.61
Returned & Services League City of Rockingham Sub•branch Rockingham Brand $2,300.00
Returned & Services League Armadale Sub•branch Armadale Burt $2,470.25
The Returned & Services League of Australia WA Branch Incorporated Perth Perth $87,670.67
Returned & Services League of Australia Mandurah Sub•branch Mandurah Canning $488.55
Legacy Fund of Fremantle Incorporated Fremantle Fremantle $2,494.80
Returned & Services League Busselton Sub•branch Busselton Forrest $18,616.44
Western Australia Branch of the Partners of Veterans Association of Australia Incorporated West Perth Perth $3,084.48
TOTAL $3,860,000.00

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.