Media releases

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Sep 2021

16 Sep 2021
The announcements of Australia’s new security partnership with the United States and United Kingdom, and that we will be working with them to build nuclear-powered (not nuclear armed) submarines in Australia, is the most important defence initiative of our time.
10 Sep 2021
Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the devastating September 11 terrorist attacks that killed almost 3,000 innocent people including 10 Australians.
03 Sep 2021
Today we commemorate Merchant Navy Day and acknowledge the crucial role Australia’s merchant mariners have played during wartime. 
01 Sep 2021
Today marks Battle for Australia Day when we pause to remember the bravery of the thousands of Australians who defended our country from direct attack by the Japanese during the Second World War and in campaigns to our nation’s north.

Aug 2021

31 Aug 2021
Today is Malaya and Borneo Veterans’ Day, when we pause to recognise and remember the 10,500 Australians who served in the Malayan Emergency and the Indonesian Confrontation.
30 Aug 2021
The news that two soldiers lost their lives today at Dotswood, near Townsville in Queensland is tragic and devastating. I would like to extend my deepest and heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the families, friends, colleagues and serving soldiers who are grieving at this time.
28 Aug 2021
Australians are encouraged to buy a badge, bear and other merchandise during Legacy Week to support the partners and children of veterans who lost their lives or have been seriously injured serving our country. 
27 Aug 2021
The events in Kabul are a murderous atrocity and if anyone was ever in any doubt about the righteousness of the Australian mission in Afghanistan this is a brutal reminder of the terrorists and criminals we were fighting against and the threats they posed to our national security and security of
25 Aug 2021
Australians are celebrating our veterans competing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
24 Aug 2021
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee today announced the appointment of Mr Stuart Smith AO DSC as Defence Engagement Commissioner.
23 Aug 2021
“Every single one of us that went, knows the difference we made on the ground when we were over there.”   These are the words of one contemporary veteran who I met with following the unfolding events in Afghanistan.
18 Aug 2021
Ex-service organisations from across the nation have met with the Australian Government today to throw their support behind efforts underway to assist veterans and families impacted by the situation in Afghanistan.
17 Aug 2021
Wednesday the 18th August is Vietnam Veterans’ Day - an opportunity for our country to pause and remember the service and sacrifice of the Australians during the Vietnam War, and to acknowledge the 55th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.
16 Aug 2021
This is a distressing time for many of our Defence personnel and veterans who served our nation in Afghanistan with courage, dignity and honour, and made such a significant contribution to the allied military effort.
11 Aug 2021
373,500 Australians have served in the Australian Defence Force over the past 35 years, of which 59,000 are currently serving, according to new statistics released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
10 Aug 2021
On 11 August 1966, a peace treaty was signed between the Indonesian and Malaysian governments, bringing to an end the Indonesian-Malaysian Confrontation.
10 Aug 2021
Ten thousand veterans with complex mental health needs will have access to a network of qualified GPs nationwide, following the expansion of support provided by the Australian Government.
06 Aug 2021
Today marks the 106th anniversary of the start of the four-day Battle of Lone Pine, one of the deadliest battles of the Gallipoli campaign during the First World War.
04 Aug 2021
A previously unknown Australian First World War soldier buried in an unnamed grave in France has been identified.
03 Aug 2021
Have you ever served in the Australian Defence Force?  One week from today, Australians will for the first time be answering this question as part of the 2021 Census.

Jul 2021

30 Jul 2021
The Battle of Romani was a pivotal mounted and infantry victory by the Allies in the First World War. 105 years on, Australia reflects on this significant battle that marked the end of the German and Ottoman campaign to capture the Suez Canal.   
26 Jul 2021
Sixty-eight years ago on 27th July, the Korean War Armistice was signed, marking the end of a three year conflict. Of the more than 17,000 Australians who fought, some 340 lost their lives to defend South Korea, over 1,216 were wounded and 29 became prisoners of war.
18 Jul 2021
This year we commemorate the 105th anniversary of two significant and devastatingly costly battles fought by Australians on the Western Front during the First World War — the Battle of Fromelles and the Battle of Pozières.
08 Jul 2021
Today the Government has formally established a Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide following approval by the Governor-General.
06 Jul 2021
Australians are encouraged to pause and remember the legacy and valuable contribution of Australia’s First Nations’ service men and women this NAIDOC Week.