$4.35 million additional support for veteran groups across Australia

Friday, November 12 2021

The Hon Andrew Gee MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel

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.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said the funding would help ex-service organisations (ESOs) continue to deliver the highest quality advocacy services and support.‌

“This additional funding will help these groups provide local veterans even greater transition support, assistance with claims and entitlements, and access to services such as rehabilitation and wellbeing programs,” Minister Gee said.

“This is an extra investment in the health and wellbeing of our veterans and their families, and will make a real difference to those on the ground, providing critical support and resources.

“This year has been particularly tough for many veterans and this funding boost demonstrates the Australian Government’s commitment to our ESOs and the veteran community.

“Australian War Widows Queensland, Returned & Services League of Australia (Victorian Branch) Inc and Veterans Centre Mid-North Coast Incorporated are just some of ESOs receiving support through the program.

“I’d like to thank all local ESOs as they continue to provide this vital support for local veterans.”‌

To apply for future rounds of the BEST Program or for further information, including a full list of successful recipients, visit the Community Grants Hub website.

Media contacts

Minister Gee’s office: 0459 966 944
DVA Media: 02 6289 6466
Office of the Hon. Andrew Gee, Canberra ACT.

Veteran group recipients through the BEST Program

Australian Capital Territory

Recipient

Electorate

Amount $

The Returned and Services League of Australia, Woden Valley Sub-Branch Inc

Bean

$113,365.70

Vietnam Veterans and Veterans Federation ACT Inc

Fenner

$92,885.65

The Legacy Club of Canberra Inc

Canberra

$15,537.57

Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans Association Inc

Canberra

$14,234.04

 

New South Wales

Recipient

Electorate

Amount $

Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia St Marys Outpost Sub-Branch Inc

Lindsay

$257,018.59

RSL DefenceCare

North Sydney

$230,785.48

Vietnam Veterans’ Peacekeepers & Peacemakers Association of Australia (NSW Branch)

Parramatta

$210,245.91

Legacy Club Services

Sydney

$163,947.94

Veterans’ Advocacy Centre Incorporated

Page

$95,094.84

Port Stephens Veterans Network

Paterson

$75,364.54

Veterans Centre - Sydney Northern Beaches Incorporated

Mackellar

$56,409.55

Tweed Heads and Coolangatta RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated

Richmond

$53,357.67

Newcastle Legacy

Newcastle

$37,340.80

Illawarra Veterans Entitlement Service Incorporated

Gilmore

$34,922.02

Tamworth RSL Sub-Branch

New England

$33,218.66

Vietnam Veterans’, Peacekeepers’ & Peacemakers’ Association of Australia, Central Coast

Robertson

$28,954.21

Veterans Centre Mid-North Coast Incorporated

Cowper

$25,615.69

Ballina RSL Sub-Branch

Richmond

$23,364.91

Far North Coast Legacy

Page

$21,200.00

Coffs Harbour Legacy Welfare Fund

Cowper

$20,745.00

Tamworth Legacy Club

New England

$16,557.00

Mudgee & Districts Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers & Peacemakers Association Inc

Calare

$14,082.29

Newcastle and Hunter Region Vietnam Veterans Incorporated

Newcastle

$10,805.97

Brisbane Water (NSW) Legacy

Robertson

$10,362.17

Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans and Associated Forces Incorporated

Macquarie

$9,544.21

War Widows’ Guild of Australia NSW Limited

Sydney

$7,615.76

Returned & Services League NSW Cardiff Sub-branch

Shortland

$7,100.00

Armidale Legacy Club

New England

$6,150.00

City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branch

Page

$5,891.30

Eurobodalla Vietnam Veterans Incorporated

Gilmore

$5,565.00

Lachlan Legacy Club

Riverina

$5,532.00

Rooty Hill Sub-Section of the NAA Incorporated

Chifley

$4,270.00

Swiss Technologies Ltd

Shortland

$4,073.05

Returned Services’ League (Maitland Sub-Branch) Incorporated

Paterson

$3,309.36

Nowra RSL Sub-Branch

Gilmore

$3,230.00

Vietnam Veterans Association Of Australia Macarthur Sub-Branch Incorporated

Macarthur

$2,850.00

Hastings Manning Macleay Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association

Cowper

$2,847.99

Forster Tuncurry RSL Sub-Branch

Lyne

$2,205.55

Ourimbah Lisarow RSL

Dobell

$2,163.81

The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia — New South Wales Branch Inc

Cunningham

$1,832.88

 

Northern Territory

Recipient

Electorate

Amount $

Returned & Services League of Australia (South Australia) Darwin Sub-Branch

Solomon

$21,673.58

Veterans Australia NT Incorporated

Lingiari

$18,878.75

Alice Springs RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated

Lingiari

$4,073.05

 

Queensland

Recipient

Electorate

Amount $

Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Redcliffe Sub-Branch

Petrie

$145,900.00

Veterans’ Advocacy Community of Practice Brisbane West Inc

Blair

$141,695.92

Vietnam Veterans’ Federation of Australia Queensland Branch Inc.

Moncrieff

$138,362.61

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Redlands Sub-Branch

Bowman

$84,923.44

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Currumbin Palm Beach

McPherson

$68,671.02

The Legacy Club of Brisbane Limited

Griffith

$65,804.43

Armed Services Assistance Centre Inc.

Griffith

$55,680.06

Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (QLD Branch) Hervey Bay Sub-Branch

Hinkler

$50,739.53

National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Queensland) Inc.

Griffith

$49,385.77

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Hervey Bay Sub-Branch

Hinkler

$47,676.77

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Gaythorne Sub-Branch

Ryan

$45,282.54

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Townsville Sub-Branch

Herbert

$40,704.53

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Sandgate Sub-Branch

Lilley

$37,512.00

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Samford Sub-Branch

Dickson

$32,826.71

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Maroochydore Sub-Branch

Fairfax

$32,140.13

Veterans Care Association Inc

Brisbane

$27,700.00

The Oasis Townsville Limited

Dawson

$25,334.49

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Manly-Lota Sub-Branch

Bonner

$23,609.96

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Pine Rivers District

Dickson

$22,273.54

Veterans Support Centre North Queensland Inc

Herbert

$19,594.07

Bundaberg Legacy Inc

Hinkler

$19,455.04

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Coolum Peregian Sub-Branch

Fairfax

$19,008.00

Veterans’ Support Centre Lockyer/Brisbane Valley Inc.

Wright

$17,755.00

Defence Force Welfare Association (Queensland Branch) Inc

Brisbane

$17,200.00

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Gladstone Sub-Branch

Flynn

$15,645.99

Australian War Widows Queensland

Griffith

$14,510.26

Totally and Permanently Disabled Ex Servicepersons Association (Townsville) Inc.

Herbert

$14,199.69

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Gympie Sub-Branch Inc

Wide Bay

$13,059.97

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Ipswich Sub-Branch Inc

Blair

$11,177.43

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Ipswich Railway Sub-Branch Inc

Blair

$10,118.99

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Kawana Waters Sub-Branch

Fisher

$8,611.00

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Helidon Sub-Branch

Maranoa

$7,127.85

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Kalbar sub-Branch

Wright

$6,244.00

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Boonah Sub-Branch

Wright

$4,945.00

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) ISIS Sub-Branch

Hinkler

$4,837.78

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Murgon Sub-Branch

Wide Bay

$4,836.75

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Blackbutt Sub-Branch

Maranoa

$4,606.00

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Gatton Sub-Branch

Wright

$4,317.01

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Banyo Sub-Branch

Lilley

$4,150.00

Buddy Up Australia Limited

Moore

$4,073.05

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Yarraman Sub-Branch

Maranoa

$3,489.67

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Beaudesert Sub-Branch

Wright

$3,480.18

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Esk Sub-Branch

Blair

$3,292.00

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Redbank Plains Sub-Branch

Blair

$3,158.00

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Geebung Zillmere Sub-Branch

Lilley

$2,449.00

MD PAWS Management

Blair

$2,425.00

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Redbank Sub-Branch

Blair

$2,100.00

The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia — Queensland Branch Inc

Longman

$1,336.47

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Toogoolawah Sub-Branch

Blair

$1,145.00

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Grantham Ma Ma Creek Sub-Branch

Wright

$500.00

 

South Australia

Recipient

Electorate

Amount $

ANZAC Remembrance Appeal - 1965 Trust Fund Incorporated

Adelaide

$79,111.23

Returned & Services League Plympton Glenelg Sub-Branch Incorporated

Boothby

$39,161.76

Legacy Club of South Australia & Broken Hill Incorporated

Adelaide

$24,907.93

Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Northern Suburbs Sub-Branch Inc

Spence

$13,773.68

Returned Services’ League Gawler Sub-Branch Incorporated

Spence

$11,150.00

Submarines Association of Australia South Australia Incorporated

Hindmarsh

$2,900.00

The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia - South Australia Branch Inc

Boothby

$1,220.00

 

Tasmania

Recipient

Electorate

Amount $

The Returned and Services League of Australia (Tasmania Branch)

Clark

$44,579.14

The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex Servicemen

Clark

$35,165.00

Tasmanian Ex-Service and Serving Support Association (Tessa) Inc

Clark

$16,772.89

Hobart Legacy Incorporated

Clark

$11,923.19

Launceston RSL Sub-Branch Inc.

Bass

$8,802.30

Devonport RSL Sub-Branch Inc.

Braddon

$8,175.00

 

Victoria

Recipient

Electorate

Amount $

Returned & Services League of Australia (Victorian Branch) Inc

Melbourne

$337,026.46

Central Victorian Veterans Support Centre

Bendigo

$70,813.17

Hume Veterans Information Centre

Indi

$63,550.66

Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Veterans’ Association Victoria Branch Inc.

Deakin

$61,084.75

Goorambat Veterans’ Retreat Incorporated

Indi

$48,647.58

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc

Ballarat

$28,187.02

Mornington Peninsula Legacy Club Inc.

Dunkley

$17,106.83

Swan Hill & District Veterans Information Centre

Mallee

$11,531.81

Carry on (Victoria)

Melbourne

$10,383.31

Gippsland Veterans Welfare Centre

Gippsland

$10,012.92

Echuca-Moama Veterans Centre

Nicholls

$8,900.00

Goulburn Valley Veterans Centre

Nicholls

$8,638.48

Leongatha RSL Sub-Branch Inc.

Monash

$8,060.38

Inner Melbourne Veterans & Services Support Centre (MVSSC)

Macnamara

$7,822.17

Wimmera Veterans Centre

Mallee

$6,892.30

 

Western Australia

Recipient

Electorate

Amount $

The Returned & Services League of Australia WA Branch Incorporated

Perth

$91,218.96

Returned & Services League Busselton Sub-Branch

Forrest

$64,667.03

The Legacy Club of Western Australia Incorporated

Perth

$14,438.27

Combined Defence Force Support Association of WA

Fremantle

$13,016.53

Australian Special Air Service Association Incorporated

Curtin

$7,353.10

Western Australia Branch of the Partners of Veterans Association of Australia In

Perth

$4,712.01

 

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