Media releases - Darren Chester MP

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

Jun 2021

18 Jun 2021
Veterans and their families will have improved access to health care with the opening of Fussell House at Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney today.
17 Jun 2021
VETERANS and their families are being encouraged to get moving and increase their physical activity, with $200,000 in funding available nationally to assist community groups and ex-service organisations with planning and hosting Veterans’ Health Week events in October 2021.
16 Jun 2021
Mr Kerry Stokes AC has been reappointed as a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial for a further 12 months.
16 Jun 2021
Following three years’ work with veterans, their families, ex-service organisations and the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs, a new sculpture will be placed on the grounds of the Australian War Memorial recognising the sufferings of war and service.
09 Jun 2021
A new one-stop support shop that has been years in the making has officially opened in Townsville today to provide ongoing support for veterans and their families.
07 Jun 2021
TODAY the Australian War Memorial received approval from the National Capital Authority to proceed with the early works package for its development project.
06 Jun 2021
Tomorrow a national commemorative service will take place at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial in Canberra, marking 50 years since the Battle of Long Khanh, part of Operation Overlord, in the Vietnam War.

May 2021

28 May 2021
This Reconciliation Week, Australians are urged to take meaningful action towards reconciliation to the theme, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.
28 May 2021
TOMORROW on International Day of United Nations (UN) Peacekeepers, Australians are encouraged to recognise those who have contributed to global peacekeeping efforts.
24 May 2021
Koda, the first psychiatric assistance dog trained and delivered by Dogs for Life in Victoria, is helping turn her veteran’s life around.
24 May 2021
Dear Editor, On 29 May, we pause to recognise the International Day of United Nations (UN) Peacekeepers.
22 May 2021
Preparation for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide has moved into the next phase. Over the past month I have had discussions with hundreds of veterans, serving members and families across the nation.
17 May 2021
Federal Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Darren Chester is urging the northern Tasmania military community to ‘have your say’ on the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.
13 May 2021
Veterans and their families in South East Queensland will benefit with the announcement of $5 million in the 2021–22 Federal Budget for a Veteran Wellbeing Centre in the region.
11 May 2021
The Morrison Government is continuing to invest in a world-class support system for veterans and their families as part of our plan to secure Australia's future, with a focus on wellbeing, suicide prevention and more funding for critical departmental services to ensure veterans can continue their
08 May 2021
HISTORICAL societies and local Returned and Services Leagues (RSLs) are among the successful recipients of the latest round of Saluting Their Service (STS) Grantsto deliver commemorative projects and activities across Australia.
07 May 2021
On 7 May 1945, Germany surrendered unconditionally to the Allies and the following day when the surrender came into effect, became known as Victory in Europe (VE) Day.
07 May 2021
THE health and wellbeing of veterans and their families on the South Coast of NSW will receive a much-needed increase in local benefits with the new Veteran Wellbeing Centre in Nowra open from Monday.
04 May 2021
ON 5 May, Australia commemorates the largest naval battle fought off our shores, the Battle of the Coral Sea.
03 May 2021
Over the past fortnight consultation has started on the themes for the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

Apr 2021

30 Apr 2021
TOMORROW Australia pays tribute to those who fought in the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest military campaign of the Second World War.
27 Apr 2021
The Federal Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Darren Chester is urging the Goulburn Valley military community to ‘have your say’ on the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.
24 Apr 2021
LEST we forget – three words that will be heard across Australia tomorrow as we join together as a nation to pledge to never forget the service and sacrifice of those who have served and their families.
23 Apr 2021
Each year on 24 April, we remember the Battle of Kapyong, an important battle of the often-labelled ‘Forgotten War’, the Korean War.
21 Apr 2021
VETERANS and their families, ex-service organisations, states and territories, peak bodies and other interested stakeholders are being encouraged to provide their input for the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide announced yesterday.
21 Apr 2021
The Federal Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Darren Chester is urging the military community to ‘have your say’ on the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.
19 Apr 2021
The death of any Australian Defence Force member or veteran is one death too many and a tragedy that is deeply felt by all Australians. Tragically, and heartbreakingly, this includes death by suicide.
18 Apr 2021
Veterans and their families are set to benefit from the new Repat Veteran Wellbeing Centre opening today within the Daw Park Repatriation Health Precinct, bringing together ex-service community services and government support for health and wellbeing into one hub.
15 Apr 2021
Dear Editor This year on 24 April, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong, an important battle fought during the Korean War that involved Australian, Commonwealth and other United Nations Command forces.
09 Apr 2021
On 10/11 April we commemorate 80 years since the start of the Siege of Tobruk, a period in which around 14,000 Australian soldiers, along with four regiments of British artillery and some Indian troops, were besieged in Tobruk, Libya by a German-Italian army during the Second World War.
09 Apr 2021
MINISTER for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester will visit the Townsville community in the lead-up to Anzac Day this year, accepting an invitation from the Member for Herbert Phil Thompson.
08 Apr 2021
FOR what they have done this we will do — the simple reason all Australians must ensure the legacy of commemoration continues this Anzac Day.
05 Apr 2021
TOMORROW we commemorate 80 years since Australian forces supported Allied efforts to defend Greece and Crete during the Second World War.  

Mar 2021

29 Mar 2021
Veterans will benefit from specialised one-on-one support to help them find employment or change careers through the Support for Employment (SFE) program launched today.
27 Mar 2021
EX-SERVICE organisations (ESOs) across Australia are invited to apply for a share of up to $145,000 in funding to continue their vital support role to our veteran community, as part of the annual Grants-In-Aid program.
20 Mar 2021
VETERANS, their partners, war widows and widowers will benefit from an increase to their pensions in line with the biannual indexation process coming into effect today. Pensions are indexed twice a year in March and September.
19 Mar 2021
TOMORROW we commemorate 105 years since the arrival of Australian troops, who were part of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC Corps), in Marseille, France, during the First World War.
11 Mar 2021
Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester and Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Liz Cosson have welcomed the Australian National Audit Office’s (ANAO) report Effectiveness of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ planning and management of Veteran Centric Reform
09 Mar 2021
SCHOOLS and community groups around the nation will soon start receiving educational materials and creative resources to help commemorate Anzac Day.
05 Mar 2021
EX-SERVICE organisations (ESOs) who help veterans and their families are invited to apply for the 2021 Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program which is now open.
05 Mar 2021
THE preservation and commemoration of Australia’s military history will benefit from continued stability following the re-appointment of three members of the Council of the Australian War Memorial today.
04 Mar 2021
The perspectives of veteran’s families will continue to be represented in veteran policy and the administration of veteran entitlement and compensation claims, after the Veteran Family Advocate was appointed as a member on the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (MRCC) today.
02 Mar 2021
The first Psychiatric Assistance Dog trained by veterans, for veterans, has moved home with her veteran handler in Canberra.

Feb 2021

27 Feb 2021
Tomorrow we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the United States-led coalition declaring victory in ‘Operation Desert Storm’, marking the official end of the First Gulf War, and we honour the sacrifices of those who served to liberate Kuwait.
26 Feb 2021
ANZAC Day is the most sacred day of commemoration on the Australian calendar.
22 Feb 2021
Dear Editor Australia has a proud military history that spans more than a century and on 28 February we will commemorate 30 years since the official end of one of our more recent conflicts, the First Gulf War.
18 Feb 2021
Tomorrow, 19 February, on Bombing of Darwin Day, we remember the lives lost and the impact of the air raids on the Australian mainland during the Second World War.
13 Feb 2021
TOMMOROW, on National Servicemen’s Day, we honour those who have served our nation through compulsory military service, recognising their contribution to the nation’s defence.
12 Feb 2021
APPLICATIONS for the 2021–22 Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program are now open and organisations are encouraged to apply for funding to support their commemorative projects and activities.
08 Feb 2021
The 2021 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards are now open, encouraging students to learn about veteran service and Australian wartime history by asking the question, ‘what does commemoration look like in your community?’