Boost in support for ex-service organisations

Wednesday, December 15 2021

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

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.

Australian Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association, The War Widows’ Guild and The Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) Ex Service Men and Women are among 14 organisations to receive up to $10,000 under the Grants-In-Aid Program.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said the extra funding will help with the day-to-day running of these organisations that work tirelessly in support of our veterans and their families.

“These groups play a vital role in the Defence and veteran community, providing wellbeing and welfare services to our veterans and their families, as well as being a place for creating social connections and fostering mateship,” Minister Gee said.

“Each organisation has their own projects and activities that will benefit from this Federal funding, with Buddy Up Australia using the money to offer an annual training camp to better inform leaders and mentors about the support services available.

“The Naval Association of Australia will use the funding to travel to key regional areas to meet with veteran groups and rebuild relationships that were disrupted due COVID-19.

“Now that COVID-19 restrictions are easing around the country, the funding will also help many important annual conferences resume in-person across the nation.

“I am committed to working closely with ex-service organisations and individuals that dedicate themselves to supporting the veteran community.

“Grants-In-Aid together with other programs such as the Veteran and Community Grants and the Support Younger Veterans Grants are an important part of the Australian Government’s commitment to supporting the Defence and veteran community.”

For more information, visit the Grants-In-Aid program on the DVA website.

Media contacts

Minister Gee office: 0459 966 944
DVA Media: 02 6289 6466

Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling provides 24/7 free confidential crisis support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families on 1800 011 046 or the Open Arms website. Safe Zone Support provides anonymous counselling on 1800 142 072. Defence All-Hours Support Line provides support for ADF personnel on 1800 628 036 or the Department of Defence website. Defence Member and Family Helpline provides support for Defence families on 1800 624 608.

Grants in Aid 2021–22

Australian Capital Territory
Recipient Electorate Funding description Amount $
The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex Service Men and Women Bean To assist liaison with the States/Territory TPI Association, politicians and departmental officers $10,000
Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Veterans’ Association Inc Canberra To assist formal training workshop and seminar involving APPVA committee members and other Canberra based ESOs. $10,000
The Royal Australian Regiment Foundation Canberra To assist a strategic planning meeting with serving member representatives at Lavarack Barracks $10,000
The War Widows' Guild of Australia Bean To assist with Australian War Widows national support, advocacy, collaboration representation $10,000
The Naval Association of Australia Canberra To assist with the national communication reinvigoration strategy post Covid-19 pandemic $10,000
New South Wales
Recipient Electorate Funding description Amount $
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia Incorporated Shortland To assist with representations & meetings with DVA & Minister/Shadow Minister conference 2021 $10,000
Legacy Australia Incorporated Sydney To assist national travel & accommodation for directors to attend Legacy board meetings, national conference, state forums &other meetings $10,000
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Incorporated Macarthur To assist with national congress (AGM) and national council meetings $9,090.91
Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia Incorporated Parramatta National VVFA Committee Business and State liaison activities $10,000
Recipient Electorate Funding description Amount $
The RAAC Corporation Limited Brisbane To assist with the 2021 AGM - Directors, Executive Council, Advisory Board, Association Member Delegates attending can effectively and efficiently determine advocacy and welfare matters affecting both serving and former Royal Australian Armoured Corps members $10,000
Mates4Mates Limited Brisbane To assist the CEO , GM operations and National Service Delivery Manager travel and the Mates4Mates all staff forum $9,500
Australian Veterans and Defence Services Council Incorporated Brisbane To assist the State Chairmen to attend meetings and present reports $8,500
Western Australia
Recipient Electorate Funding description Amount $
Australian Special Air Service Association Incorporated Curtin To assist with the ASASA national annual general meeting 2021 in ACT $10,000
Buddy Up Australia Limited Moore To assist ESO collaboration for chapters (chapter mentor training that includes awareness of veteran support for members) $10,000