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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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10 October 2017

Forum focused on issues confronting female veterans

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the Government was listening to its female veterans and using their feedback to inform significant reform as he attended the second Female Veterans’ Policy Forum in Canberra today.

Establishing the Female Veterans’ Policy Forum was a Coalition election promise to ensure female veterans received the recognition they deserve and to better understand some of the specific challenges they face.

Mr Tehan said feedback from the first forum, held last year, was informing how the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) used $166.6 million in funding to update its ICT systems and improve access to DVA services.

“Feedback from the first Female Veterans Forum led the Government to provide $8.5 million in this year’s budget to expand eligibility for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service to the partners and children of our contemporary veterans, who have had one day of full-time service,” Mr Tehan said.

“We also listened when our female veterans said the nature of their service was not well understood by the community.

“In the lead up to Anzac Day this year, we raised awareness about the important contribution female ADF personnel had made to our national defence and we will be supporting more initiatives in the future.

“It is encouraging to see members of the female veteran community, such as By the Left, encouraging female veterans to march in larger numbers on ANZAC Day 2018.”

Attendees at the forum participated in sessions including targeting the health needs of female veterans and providing support for domestic violence.

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6466

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.