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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


1 March 2019

Funding Announced to Support Younger Veterans

MORE than $1 million worth of grants have been provided to organisations supporting the needs of younger veterans and their families.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the grants, under the Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) program, would assist with mental health training for veterans including a train-the-trainer qualification and an establishment of a Best Practice Framework for Peer Led Younger Veteran Wellbeing Programs.

“The Government is putting veterans and their families first and provides more than $11.2 billion each year to deliver the essential services and programs they can rely on, including access to free mental health care,” Mr Chester said.

“These grants are aimed at assisting younger veterans as they leave the Australian Defence Force and integrate back into civilian life to make sure they get the support they need.

“Many of the successful grant recipients are completing projects aimed at improving veterans’ mental health and wellbeing, which is part of the ongoing commitment the Government has made to provide support to younger veterans.

“I would like to congratulate the successful recipients, and thank all organisations who applied for this round of grants, for the essential support they provide to the veteran community.”

The Supporting Younger Veterans grants program invests in projects which maintain and improve the quality of life for members of the veteran community and their families.

Applications for the next round of SYV Grants will be available from 1 July 2019. For more information about these and other grants that are available, please visit


A full list of successful grants

SUPPORTING YOUNGER VETERANS 2018–19 On-line Funding Round

New South Wales
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Team Rubicon Australia Sydney Sydney Mental health training for veteran members, including train the trainer qualifications for six veterans, which will enable ongoing training across the network. 147,516.73
Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches Incorporated Dee Why Mackellar Establishment of a Best Practice Framework for Peer Led Younger Veteran Wellbeing Programs 312,630.18
Total Grants – New South Wales: 2 Total $460,146.91
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association (QLD Branch) Incorporated Brisbane Brisbane Establishment of the Association of Australian Army Training Teams and mapping non-mental health healthcare needs and attitudes of younger veterans. 133,500.00
Total Grants - Queensland: 1 Total $133,500.00
South Australia:
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Flinders University Adelaide Boothby Develop and run a program to support younger veterans seeking to enter tertiary education 157,776.36
Total Grants - South Australia: 1 Total $157,776.36
Recipient Location Electorate Funding description Amount $
(GST Exc)
Centacare, Catholic Diocese of Ballarat Limited Bakery Hill Ballarat Establish a sustainable framework and foundation to identify and support younger veterans in their transition into civilian life in a formal partnership between Centacare and Ballarat RSL Sub Branch Inc. 66,818.18
The Sale Returned and Services League and Community Sub‑branch Incorporated Sale Gippsland Appoint a Young Veterans Community Advocate to support younger veterans in enhancing their health, and create an innovative and responsive website to assist veterans to easily locate a variety of local services. 3,667.64
La Trobe University Bundoora Batman Recruit Student Veteran Officers across four partner universities to increase the recruitment and identification of veterans on campus, and to provide tailored support and advice to student veterans. 181,090.91
Total Grants - Victoria: 3 Total $251,576.73
  Number of Grants Total
ACT NIL $0.00
NSW 2 $460,146.91
NT NIL $0.00
QLD 1 $133,500.00
SA 1 $157,776.36
TAS NIL $0.00
VIC 3 $251,576.73
WA NIL $0.00
Totals 7 $1,003,000.00



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