Media releases

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Subscribe to the Minister's media releases relating to Veterans' Affairs.

Apr 2022

05 Apr 2022
Dr Brendan Nelson AO has been appointed as a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial. 

Mar 2022

29 Mar 2022
As part of our plan for a stronger future, the Morrison Government’s 2022-23 Budget continues its record investment in Australia’s national security
26 Mar 2022
Today marks the 105th anniversary of the first Battle of Gaza during World War I, the first of three attempts launched by Allied forces to capture the city in 1917.
13 Mar 2022
More children of Australian veterans and Defence personnel will receive additional support thanks to a new $13.7 million investment in the successful Kookaburra Kids ‘Defence Kids’ mental health program.
12 Mar 2022
Full public commemorative services will once again be held in Turkey and France this Anzac Day. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said it was the first time such events have been conducted since 2019, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
11 Mar 2022
More than 17,000 schools, ex-service organisations and community groups have been sent Anzac Day commemorative packs to help ensure Australians never forget the extraordinary sacrifice by our servicemen and women.

Feb 2022

28 Feb 2022
The search is on for Australia’s top veteran employers and employees, with nominations now open for the 2022 Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards.
27 Feb 2022
Tomorrow, on the 80th anniversary of the loss of HMAS Perth, we honour the extraordinary service and sacrifice of the hundreds of men killed in the Battle of Sunda Strait, while defending Netherlands East Indies (modern day Indonesia) during the Second World War.
19 Feb 2022
On the morning of 19 February 1942, the fighting of the Second World War reached the shores of mainland Australia for the first time, when over 240 Japanese aircraft bombed Darwin.
16 Feb 2022
Today we honour the service and sacrifice of the women of the Australian Army Nursing Service who served in Singapore, 80 years on from the sinking of the SS Vyner Brooke and the tragedy of the Bangka Island massacre.
15 Feb 2022
Today we commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, one of the most significant military defeats in British and Commonwealth history.
13 Feb 2022
Monday 14th February marks National Servicemen’s Day, when we honour the hundreds of thousands of young Australian men who served our nation through compulsory military service after the Second World War.
09 Feb 2022
Ex-service and community organisations across the country can now apply for a share in $3.5 million for commemorative projects through the latest round of the Saluting Their Service grants program, which is now open.
03 Feb 2022
Today we remember and honour the service and sacrifice of the 1,100 Australian soldiers of ‘Gull Force’, 80 years on from the fall of the island of Ambon, in present day Indonesia, during the Second World War.
01 Feb 2022
The Australian Government is investing $27 million to help fund bigger, better and more innovative programs to support the wellbeing of current and former Australian Defence Force personnel and their families.

Jan 2022

29 Jan 2022
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling service, which provides critical support to Australia’s current and ex-service personnel and their families.
28 Jan 2022
Scores of ex-service organisations, clubs, schools and community groups will share in more than $1.1 million to help them honour the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women.
12 Jan 2022
Planning is underway for a range of significant events around the country to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War in 2023.
11 Jan 2022
Construction has begun on a new purpose built, state-of-the-art facility to permanently house the Nowra Veterans Wellbeing Centre.

Dec 2021

23 Dec 2021
Support services for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, veterans and their families will continue to be available 24/7 over the Christmas period.
23 Dec 2021
The Morrison Government has today announced an additional $2.5 million for Tasmanian wellbeing services for veterans and their families, bringing the total support for Veteran Wellbeing Centres in Tasmania to $7.5 million.
20 Dec 2021
The 2021-22 rounds of the Veteran and Community Grants and Supporting Younger Veterans Grants are now open for applications.
15 Dec 2021
Ex-service organisations supporting veterans, war widows, partners and dependants of serving and ex-serving Defence personnel have received a funding boost from the Australian Government to help them continue their important work.
10 Dec 2021
The Defence and veteran community will be well served by the appointment of Major General Wade Stothart, DSC, AM, CSC to the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission.
08 Dec 2021
Eighty years ago, on 8 December 1941, Australian Prime Minister John Curtin made a fateful announcement to the nation: “men and women of Australia, we are at war with Japan”.
06 Dec 2021
When German radio propaganda broadcaster William ‘Lord Haw Haw’ Joyce labelled the Allied defenders of Tobruk ‘rats’, little did he know that the tenacious troops would take the name and wear it as a badge of honour.

Nov 2021

26 Nov 2021
The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide has opened in Brisbane today, with a ceremonial hearing beginning the proceedings.
25 Nov 2021
Australian Expedition Vehicles (AEV) has been named the Outstanding Veterans’ Employer of the Year in the 2021 Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards.
24 Nov 2021
In a significant win for veterans across the country, the Morrison-Joyce Government has taken action to ensure no veteran will be made worse off due to a Federal Court decision.
17 Nov 2021
Work to align regulation across the aged care, disability and veterans’ care sectors will significantly improve quality and safety for participants and consumers.
16 Nov 2021
James McMahon DSC DSM will continue his work to support the commemoration and preservation of Australia’s military history, after being reappointed as a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial.
12 Nov 2021
127 veteran groups around Australia will benefit from more than $4.35 million in additional funding through the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) Program.
11 Nov 2021
The body of a Victorian soldier, killed in action during the First World War, has been identified in an unnamed grave in France, more than a century after his death.
09 Nov 2021
At 11am this Thursday, November 11, Australians will once again fall silent to commemorate Remembrance Day, in honour of all those Australians who have suffered and died defending our nation, our values and our freedoms.
09 Nov 2021
Commemorative services, restoration of memorials and the installation of a new honour roll are among the notable projects sharing in over $800,000 of grant funding provided by the Australian Government under the Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants Program. 

Oct 2021

27 Oct 2021
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee today announced the Veteran Wellbeing Centre network is set to grow, with the opening of expressions of interest for a new centre in South East Queensland.
16 Oct 2021
A memorial honouring the selfless service and sacrifice of Australia’s Afghanistan veterans has been officially opened at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium today.
16 Oct 2021
Australia’s largest veteran community will now have further access to fundamental support services following the grand launch of The Oasis Townsville Veteran Wellbeing Centre today.
16 Oct 2021
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee has announced the appointment of independent consultants to overhaul the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ claims processing system.
15 Oct 2021
More than 720 events that focus on veteran wellbeing will kick off across Australia on 16 October as part of our country’s largest Veterans’ Health Week to date.
13 Oct 2021
A range of commemorative and educational resources will help young Australians understand the history and significance of one of the most important days on the nation’s calendar, ahead of next month’s Remembrance Day commemorations.
07 Oct 2021
The 2021 Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards have recognised the outstanding contributions made by veterans in the civilian workforce and the organisations that support them and their families.
02 Oct 2021
On Sunday 3 October, we pause to remember the courage, valour and sacrifice of Australian forces on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Maryang San in the Korean War.

Sep 2021

29 Sep 2021
The Australian Government has today received a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) into the rate of suicide among serving and former-serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
23 Sep 2021
I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to all those who have come together to restore the sanctity of Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance following its appalling use as a protest site yesterday.
22 Sep 2021
Today’s protest at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance was disgraceful and those who participated in it are to be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
18 Sep 2021
Australians will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the last major battle fought by Australian troops during the Vietnam War on Monday 20 September 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.