Media releases

Jul 2024

More than $4.7 million in funding will be provided to 102 ex-service organisations (ESOs) across Australia to support veteran advocacy through the Albanese Government’s Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program.
The rate of veteran suicide is a national tragedy. It’s why we called for a royal commission.
The Albanese Government is simplifying and harmonising Australia’s veterans’ rehabilitation and compensation system – with new legislation introduced today.
Veterans’ Health week is an annual reminder that while service does take its toll on veterans and veteran families there are a variety of ways they can improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Jun 2024

Following a public call for expressions of interest, today I’m pleased to announce three new members have been appointed to the Australian War Memorial Council.
The Albanese Labor Government is working to improve access to Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) services and supports through the myGov app.
Today the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide has delivered a report outlining the experiences of Defence personnel, veterans and families.
The Albanese Labor Government is delivering on our election commitment to address veteran homelessness with today’s launch of the Veterans’ Acute Housing Program.
More than half a century since Australian troops withdrew from Vietnam, their legacy lives on through the Long Tan Bursary.
Veterans and families in Tasmania’s north west will now have better access to services and support following the opening of the Burnie Veterans’ and Families’ Centre.
For too long, many veterans in Tasmania have had to travel to the mainland to get the specialised acute mental health support they need.
Councils, schools, community and ex-service organisations across the country will share in more than $1.68 million in funding, thanks to the Albanese Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.
Today we mark the 80th anniversary of one of the most important events of World War II, D-Day.

May 2024

Apr 2024

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.
When we say “lest we forget” we mean it, we will remember them, we do remember them.
As the clock strikes 8pm each and every night, Menin Gate stands still.
This weekend I will travel to the Western Front to undertake a series of commitments in the lead up to Anzac Day.
A national campaign is being launched today to share the benefits of employing ex-service personnel in the civilian workplace.
The Australian Government is renewing the Veteran Employment Commitment asking civilian organisations to more clearly demonstrate how they are supporting veterans in the workplace.

Mar 2024

As Anzac Day approaches, we not only remember those who served on the beaches of Gallipoli and the trenches of the Western Front, but all Australians who have served and sacrificed and the 103,000 who have died in the name of our nation. 
More than 25,000 veterans and their families will be better off, with the Albanese Government today announcing a $5.445 million grant has been awarded to RSL LifeCare, working with RSL NSW, to establish a Veterans’ and Families’ Hub in the Tweed/North Coast region of New South Wales.
Following a competitive application and business case process, today we can announce a $5.445 million grant will be provided to RSL Queensland to lead the establishment of a Veterans’ and Families’ Hub in Ipswich, Queensland, in collaboration with Mates4Mates and GO2 Health.
22,000 veterans and their families across the Hunter region will soon receive better support, with today’s announcement that a Veterans’ and Families’ Hub will be developed in Maitland, to support veterans near and far.
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.
The veteran community in Sydney’s West will now receive better access to supports, with the Albanese Government today announcing a unique Veterans’ and Families’ Hub network, connecting the Hawkesbury to South Western Sydney.
The Albanese Government will soon commence a public search for new Members of the Australian War Memorial Council.

Feb 2024

The Albanese Government has today released exposure draft legislation which will simplify and harmonise the century old veterans’ entitlements, compensation and rehabilitation system.
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. 
The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide set a deadline to clear the backlog of compensation claims by 31 March 2024. Thanks to the Albanese Government’s investments in 500 additional claims processing staff and in ICT, this target will be exceeded.

Jan 2024

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh and Member for Eden-Monaro, Kristy McBain, have today announced RSL LifeCare Veteran Services will receive a $5.4 million grant to develop a new Veterans’ and Families’ Hub in Queanbeyan.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh and Member for Spence, Matt Burnell, have today announced Lives Lived Well will receive a $5.445 million grant to develop a new Veterans’ and Families’ Hub in Elizabeth.

Dec 2023

The Independent Veterans’ Review Board is a specialist tribunal that assesses decisions about veterans’ entitlements and compensation.
In 2023 community groups, ex-service organisations and individuals were invited to apply for assistance of up to $450 to mark the graves of First World War veterans whose deaths were unrelated to their war service, fulfilling an election commitment of the Albanese Government.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh and Federal Member for Brand Madeleine King today have announced a $5.445 million grant for a new Veterans' and Families’ Hub in Rockingham.

Nov 2023

Today we’re releasing the Defence Strategy for Preventing and Responding to Family and Domestic Violence 2023–2028.
The Albanese Government is further delivering on our commitment to empowering veterans in their transition to the civilian workforce and to pursue higher education. 
Today I’m proud to announce that almost $17 million will go towards improving veteran and families services, supports and coordination where they’re needed most.
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.
Today Australians the world over will pause to honour the more than 103,000 service personnel who have lost their lives in service to our nation.
Tonight, I will travel to the United Kingdom to participate in Remembrance Day commemorations to honour the service and sacrifice of Australian and British personnel who have lost their lives in war, conflict and peacekeeping operations. 
The Albanese Government is committed to ensuring the veteran community is provided with the best possible services and supports.

Oct 2023

The veteran community in Brisbane’s northern suburbs will now have access to co-ordinated services and supports, following the opening of the Lives Lived Well Veterans’ and Families’ Hub in Caboolture.
Today marks the beginning of Veterans’ Health Week 2023, an opportunity for the veteran community to renew their focus on improving, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Federal, State and Territory Ministers responsible for veterans’ matters met in Perth today, committing to strengthening national collaboration on the services and supports available for veterans and their families.

Sep 2023

The veteran community in Sydney’s west is on track to receive additional supports, as the Australian Government moves one step closer to delivering a unique Veterans’ and Families’ Hub network, spanning across the Hawkesbury and down to South Western Sydney.
The Albanese Government is improving incentives to get more Australians into work.
Team Australia celebrated their Invictus Games success at a spectacular Closing Ceremony in Dusseldorf, Germany last night. 
“Lest we forget” are the words we say as a nation to remember the sacrifice of those who have served in our nation’s uniform.  Local war memorials, historical sites and museums are the physical embodiment of making sure Australians all over don’t forget. 
Mr Kahlil Fegan DSC AM has been appointed as Australia’s new Repatriation Commissioner.