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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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31 May 2017

Repatriation Commissioner reappointed

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced that Major General Mark Kelly AO DSC had been reappointed as the Repatriation Commissioner for a period of two years.

Mr Tehan said Major General Kelly, who has more than 35 years’ experience in the Australian Army, was highly qualified and well-respected.

The Repatriation Commission grants pensions and benefits, and provides treatment and other services under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) to veterans and members of the Australian Defence Force, their partners, widows/ers, and children. The Commission also provides advice to the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs on related issues.

The Repatriation Commissioner has special responsibility for representing the views of the ex-service community to the Commission and plays a key role in managing the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS), Applied Research Program, National Consultative Forums, commemorative grants and commemorative activities.

“Major General Kelly has performed with distinction as the Repatriation Commissioner and I commend him on his achievements, notably the accreditation of the VVCS as a national mental health service,” Mr Tehan said.

“As Repatriation Commissioner, Major General Kelly continues to be a driver of research innovation in VVCS, including the trial of online video counselling and new digital platforms to assist clients manage their mental health.”

Major General Kelly served in a number of senior command appointments during his Army career, including Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment; Commander 3rd Brigade; Commander 1st Division; Land Commander Australia; and Commander Joint Task Force 633 (CJTF 633).

His operational experience includes service with the Commonwealth Monitoring Force in Zimbabwe/Rhodesia (1979–80), Chief of Staff of INTERFET in East Timor (1990–2000), with US CENTCOM in Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa and Iraq (2003–04) and as CJTF 633, commanding all ADF elements in the Middle East Area of Operations, Iraq and Afghanistan (2009–10).

Media enquiries:

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

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.