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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
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6 July 2017

Supporting Younger Veterans Grants announced

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced nearly $240,000 in Government funding would be provided to deliver innovative and sustainable services for younger veterans.

Mr Tehan said the Supporting Younger Veterans grants recognised the unique needs of younger veterans.

“Every year thousands of young Australians leave the defence forces having served their nation with honour and distinction,” Mr Tehan said.

“We honour that service in many ways, including the support that is available from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and our work to improve employment opportunities through the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program.

“Through the Supporting Younger Veterans grants program, organisations around Australia will receive funding to develop innovative programs to meet the needs of our younger veterans.

“These programs include the creation of a motorcycle servicing facility for younger veterans, the establishment of a military style physical training program coordinated by younger veterans and a program that would encourage younger veterans into a university, and avenues to access a business accelerator program.

“The Government will also assist organisations promote partnership arrangements so there is a more national approach to services for younger veterans.”

A list of the grants is attached. All funding listed is GST exclusive.

Applications for the next round of Supporting Younger Veterans grants will be available from 1 July 2017 and will close on 1 September 2017.

For more information about the Supporting Younger Veterans program, contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs on 133 254 or email

Media enquiries:

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

Supporting Younger Veterans Program Round 1

State Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
ACT ACT Writers Centre Incorporated Crace Fenner Year­long writing program aimed at young veterans. Following a development phase the participants with the guided experience of professional writers will develop a variety of written works. $30,187.64
Total Grants – ACT – 1 Total $30,187.64
State Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
NSW Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches Dee Why Mackellar To undertake research in relation to assistance dogs for veterans affected by mental health conditions and identify possible avenues to establish a service dog program. $1,250.00
Total Grants – NSW - 1 Total $1,250.00
State Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
QLD Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Cairns Sub­branch Leichhardt Leichhardt To conduct research to establish a data specific younger veterans database of all younger veterans ESOs in Cairns and implement a number of programs for the Younger Veteran Community. $42,739.09
QLD Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Currumbin Palm Beach Sub­branch Incorporated Currumbin McPherson To employ a coordinator to create and deliver a program which provides social, economic and welfare opportunities for younger veterans on the Gold Coast. $24,013.00
QLD Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Queensland Branch (Zac's Place) Incorporated Kirwan Herbert To refurbish the facilities to improve the accomodation activities provided to the local veteran community. $14,274.00
QLD Vietnam Veterans' Federation Townsville Incorporated Townsville Herbert To create a motorcyle servicing facility for younger veterans. $9,955.00
QLD Wandering Warriors Incorporated Brisbane Brisbane To conduct a needs assessment  to determine the feasibility of the Younger Veterans in Business initiative designed to place veterans in University of Queensland's business accelerator program. $10,299.13
Total Grants – QLD - 5 Total $101,280.22
State Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
TAS Burnie RSL Sub­branch Incorporated Burnie Braddon To establish a military­style physical training program co­ordinated by younger veterans to promote physical and mental fitness. $7,926.00
Total Grants – TAS - 1   Total $7,926.00
State Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
VIC Australian National Veterans Arts Museum Limited Various Locations   To purchase art equipment to support an outreach program for younger veterans. $10,179.00
VIC La Trobe University Melbourne Batman To identify barriers to younger veterans accessing higher education and publish a report of recommendations. $21,975.84
VIC Melbourne Legacy Melbourne Melbourne To fund a Victorian ESO Mapping Conference to map a cost effective, beneficial and coordinated approach in the provision of services for younger veterans. $67,200.00
Total Grants – VIC – 3 Total $99,354.84
Other States and Territories :  NIL  
National Total: 11 Total:  $239,998.70

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.