Media releases

Apr 2024

Second Lieutenant Cecil Healy lost his life on the Western Front in 1918.
Today, as the Last Post cuts the silence of dawn, we pause to honour and remember the more than two million personnel who have served in Australia’s Defence Forces.
The Albanese Labor Government is committed to supporting the mental health and welfare of ADF personnel, veterans and families and is expanding access to Open Arms counselling services across Brisbane.

Mar 2024

Ninety community organisations, ex-service organisations, schools, and councils across Australia will receive a share in more than $1 million in grants through the latest round of the Albanese Government's Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.

Feb 2024

Services and supports for veterans and their families in the Surf Coast and Geelong region will soon be enhanced, with the Albanese Labor Government today awarding RSL Victoria a $5.445 million grant to establish a new Veterans’ and Families’ Hub with satellite services across the region.
Today, we honour, remember and pay tribute to those who served, those who lost their lives and those whose lives were forever changed in the bombing of Darwin in 1942. 

Dec 2023

As the holiday season approaches, it’s important to reach out to support your veteran friends and their families who may have experienced heightened stress this year as Defence and veteran issues remain in the public spotlight.

Nov 2023

So many Australians have a connection with the Anzac legend – a family story of a son lost, or a local hero who never returned home. 109 years since the Allied landings on the Gallipoli peninsula, Anzac Day remains core to our national identity.
Every year on Remembrance Day, our community pauses at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. We remember all those who have died or suffered while serving in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
Australian and Papua New Guinean sacrifices in the defence of Papua and New Guinea in the Second World War will be memorialised today with the opening of the Kokoda Gallery and World War II exhibition in Port Moresby.

Aug 2023

Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Thistlethwaite today launched the RSL Queensland Veteran and Family Wellbeing Centre in Cairns, the first facility of its kind in the region.

Jul 2023

Today the Albanese Government has launched its $24 million Veteran Employment Program, an initiative aimed to boost veteran employment opportunities, as well as help businesses benefit from the diverse skill sets that veterans bring.

Jun 2023

The Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling, Canberra office proudly celebrates its 40th anniversary this week. Over that time, Open Arms has grown into the government’s premier mental health service for veterans, now operating more than 35 centres across the nation.

Apr 2023

OPINION PIECE On Anzac Day, in the Somme region of France, locals join Australians to remember the Aussie Diggers who fought to save their towns in the Great War.
Five Australian soldiers who fought and died in the attack at Fromelles in France more than 106 years ago have been formally identified. 
Tomorrow at dawn, Australians and New Zealanders the world over will gather to honour those who have served our nations in times of war, conflict, peace and humanitarian operations.
The memories of Australian diggers on the Western Front will be preserved, with an $8.3 million technology upgrade at the Sir John Monash Centre in France.

Feb 2023

For the first time, Defence Ministers will join Defence personnel in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, as part of the Sydney WorldPride festival on Saturday 25 February 2023.
New resources for community housing providers tailored for the needs of veterans experiencing homelessness have been launched today.

Nov 2022

The Albanese Labor Government is delivering cost of living relief for more Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and veterans with key changes passed today in the Federal Parliament to help them buy their own home.
A report released this week outlining the rate of suicide among current and former serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel reaffirms that suicide prevention must be a matter of national priority.
The Albanese Labor Government is delivering funding certainty for the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway in Sydney. The commemorative site will receive a further $409,000 in funding over four years to ensure it continues operating for future generations to pay their respects.

Oct 2022

It was a great privilege to be appointed the Assistant Minister for Defence, the Assistant Minister for Veterans' Affairs and the Assistant Minister for the Republic in June. 

Sep 2022

The Australian Government has delivered on a $9 million commitment to enable Invictus Australia to deliver a key sports program and various international military games. 

Aug 2022

A partnership between the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Department of Defence and the Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health has led to world-first research and the development of an innovative new treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Jul 2022

Today, the launch of a special commemoration is taking place at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, highlighting stories of service from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).