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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

MEDIA RELEASE

25 September 2018
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Funding for national ex-service organisations

MORE than $138,000 in funding will be shared amongst national ex-service organisations to assist them in improving their service delivery to veterans.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester said he was pleased to announce the funding through the Grants-in-Aid program.

"The Grants-in-Aid program provides essential funding to assist national ex-service organisations to provide ongoing support to the local veteran communities throughout Australia," Mr Chester said.

"The work of these organisations is invaluable and benefits many, by investing in them it is another way that we can say 'thank you for your service' to our veterans and the organisations that support them."

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. Ex-service organisations throughout Australia receiving funding under this program provide various type of assistance to veterans.

"These organisations represent the partners of veterans who form an integral support network, I would like to thank these organisations who tirelessly provide the essential support to veterans and their families," Mr Chester said.

A full list of grants recipients is below. Applications for the next round of Grants-in-Aid funding will open in February 2019. More information on the program is available through the Community Grants Hub (www.communitygrants.gov.au).

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Grants-in-Aid 2018–2019 — Funding Round 20

Australian Capital Territory

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Total Grants – Australian Capital Territory: 5 Total $47,227.27
The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex‑Servicemen and Women Limited Chisholm Canberra To assist with the costs associated with the Director's General Meetings and the Annual General Meeting. $9,090.91
Regular Defence Force Welfare Association Incorporated Duntroon Canberra To assist with the costs in co-ordinating and planning representational activities. $9,045.45
War Widows' Guild of Australia Weston Canberra To assist with travel to conduct representational activities. $9,090.91
The Naval Association of Australia Melba Fenner To assist with travel and accommodation to conduct representational activities. $10,000.00
Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia Incorporated Page Fenner To assist with travel to conduct representational activities. $10,000.00

New South Wales

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Total Grants — New South Wales: 4 Total $35,939.09
National Servicemen's Association of Australia Incorporated Long Jetty Dobell To assist with a National Council and State Delegates meeting in Canberra. $8,666.36
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Incorporated Minto Macarthur To assist with travel and accommodation to conduct representational activities. $9,090.91
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia Incorporated Belmont Shortland To assist with the costs of representation at the National Annual General Meeting held in Canberra. $9,090.91
Legacy Australia Incorporated Darlinghurst Sydney To assist with travel and accommodation to conduct representational activities. $9,090.91

Queensland

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Total Grants – Queensland: 4 Total $37,428.94
Australian Veterans and Defence Services Council Incorporated New Farm Brisbane To assist with travel and accommodation to conduct representational activities. $9,500.00
Mates4Mates Limited Milton Brisbane To assist with travel for planning activities. $7,928.94
The Royal Australian Armoured Corps Corporation Limited Brisbane Brisbane To assist with travel to conduct representational activities. $10,000.00
The Royal Australian Regiment Corporation McDowall Lilley To assist with the costs in attending National Meetings including the Annual General Meeting. $10,000.00

Victoria

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Total Grants — Victoria: 1 Total $9,090.91
Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans Association Incorporated Boronia Aston To assist with travel and accommodation for Annual General Meeting and National Conference. $9,090.91

Western Australia

Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Total Grants — Western Australia: 1 Total $10,000.00
Australian Special Air Service Association Incorporated Swanbourne Curtin To assist with travel and accommodation to attend the Annual General Meeting in Perth. $10,000.00

Summary of grants by states

State Number of Grants Total
Totals 15 $139,686.21
ACT 5 $47,227.27
NSW 4 $35,939.09
QLD 4 $37,428.94
VIC 1 $9,090.91
WA 1 $10,000.00
Other States and Territories NIL -

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