Media releases

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

Jan 2022

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. 
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.